Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities

This project is an ongoing relationship and commitment to practicing solidarity. Solidarity at its core is about relationships. Solidarity means: we understand and commit to taking responsibility for one another — and that is the radical feminist future we believe in.  What does it mean for us to hold space together? To grieve, to heal, to rest, to express joy? To be accountable? This project asks, what can we do together?

As a collaboration between Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective, this project looks to Black and Asian American feminist histories, practices, and frameworks on care, community, and survival for the tools and strategies to continue to build towards collective liberation.

This editorial collaboration is made possible by support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

The layered histories of Black and Asian communities in the Queens neighborhood.

Moving toward liberation through music in South Africa

The art of ancestral listening through batik

Our bodies belonged to us.

In resistance, we are at the neck of injustice, holding our breath, proving our matter.

Relaunching the Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities column with a conversation with the author of Concentrate.

In reflecting on solidarity, we often are left with more questions than answers—an open call for work

An exploration of forms—confession, manifesto, and anthology

Assassinated for her activism during the Guatemalan Civil War, Mack Chang’s research drew attention to the government’s abuses against Indigenous communities

Migrant and Asian sex workers have long advocated for rights, not rescue, creating cross-racial and transnational networks of care along the way.

An interview with sex educator Justine Ang Fonte

Nearly 30 years after its birth, reproductive justice remains a fundamental feminist framework addressing issues of bodily autonomy, equity, and liberation.

“One day, very soon, this silence is going to be so deadly and people will not be able to carry its weight anymore.”

I write this to fill you with love, so that one day children of war will no longer have to make sense of life through death.

Feminist organizers and writers reflect about what we have learned from one another about care, community, and survival in continuing to build solidarities towards collective liberation

Discourses of compliance and metrics foreclose collective possibilities in reimagining approaches to justice and equity that are organized in care and love

On Yuri Kochiyama’s 100th birthday, her granddaughter Akemi Kochiyama reflects on her radical anti-imperialist, anti-racist, and internationalist politic and praxis

My journey to understanding love and joy as powerful forces of resistance during a pandemic, with the help of Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey aka DJ MOR Love and Joy.

On making critical connections to the long legacies of intraracial and cross-racial Black and Asian American lesbian organizing and community building.

Mundane solidarity helped us meet outside of linear time and embrace ourselves as the whole suns we are.

I want to be sustained by a world that we create

Regardless of who is in the White House in 2021, Asian and Black trans women will not be ignored or silenced. Even with a Biden win, the fight is not over.

“Sex worker activism is always based in anti-police, anti-prison activism.”

You spoke through the impossible and you teach us once more how a story, through a faithful, stubborn kind of continuation, can be like a collective strength.

As teachers who are in it for the long haul, we believe in seizing this moment as an opportunity to design more just and humane schools that heal and empower our most marginalized students and their communities.

An activist, educator, and transnational feminist, Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey has dedicated her life to challenging systems of oppression.

How can Black and Asian American feminists engage in a critical dialogue on the impacts of COVID-19 in their respective communities? What can we learn from the long history of solidarity between our communities?

To launch Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities, leaders from Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective each reflected on books that have shaped, catalyzed, and transformed their understandings and practices of solidarity.

On a commitment to practicing solidarity, deepening coalitional relationships, and continuing to build together with intention as Black and Asian American feminist activists and organizers.

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