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Storytellers: Poetry Workshops For Young Muslim Women in Regent Park
Storytellers is a four part workshop series in Regent Park for young Muslim women. It will focus on the writing of poetry as a form of artistic expression, craft and healing. In our weekly gatherings we will use our pens and voices to explore the theme of “self-love” with the intent of publishing work(s) in the Homebound Young Muslim Women Poetry Anthology 2014. We strive to make this is a safer space for everyone to locate their creative voice and be heard. This group will be a place to honour our experiences and hear our peers’ truths.
Who: The workshops are open to anyone (16 - 29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.
Location: Workshops will take place at Daniel Spectrum 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor, 1:00 – 4:00
Workshop Dates include:
- Nov 2nd
- Nov 9th
- Nov 16th
- Nov 23rd
- February 2014 Writers Retreat Poetry Retreat
Participants have access to
- TTC tokens
- Childcare (upon 48 request)
- Language Interpreters (including ASL) available
- Opportunity to be published
- Mentorship from establish Muslim women poets & writers
Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or email@example.com
Storytellers ~ Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women in Regent Park is one of four workshop series happening across the city for young Muslim women with project partners Outburst! SpeakSudan, Gashanti Unity, Youth Renaissance and Shine.
About the Arts Educator: Nehal is a writer, social researcher and cultural producer living. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Nehal has lived in the United Kingdom, the Sultanate of Oman and Canada. Her poetry can be found most recently in “The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry” and the forthcoming “Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance”.
Funding for Storytellers: Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women is provided by ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Trillium Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation
Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research. Tumblr: http://outburstm.tumblr.com/
SpeakSudan is a collective of young East African individuals in Southwestern Ontario who operate primarily in the GTA. Our objective is to promote the creative expression of East African youth in the diaspora. Our efforts are arts based and focus on capacity building and skill sharing. We work from anti oppressive, gender aware, accessibly, anti-colonial, queer positive framework. We seek to explore and dissect the many facets which make up our identities and to confront the challenges we face in relation to displacement and migration; gender and family; religion and culture, status and sexuality; war and violence; as well as race and ethnicity. We create safe spaces to promote personal and community growth. This space is both physical and emotional to explore the connections with the places and cultures we identify with. This space is a counter narrative to discourse surrounding East Africa generated by those outside our community. We hope to allow space for multiple voices and dissenting opinions. http://speaksudan.org/
; I was never ashamed of my insecurities. I always knew I had them and I had to one day release them if I want to truly devout my love to others. From being black, to being Muslim in America, from being short and chubby, to having scars and acne on my skin, from rejection to heartbreak, from being the potential wife to a young man, to starting life all over again, from exhausting life struggles to the whispers of society telling me to be someone I’m not, it took me 25 years to finally look at myself in the mirror and believe I am infinitely and exquisitely beautiful and amazing. I spent my whole life telling that to others but when said back to me, I just brushed it off with a silly remark. I’ve never in my life felt this kinda strength or beauty. Maybe I needed to go through all the rocky bumps in my road to appreciate my self worth. We as women are influenced by every single molecule around us. And I’m tired. So with no further assistance from society, I stand firmly on my platform and I’m shouting to the universe that I am worthy, I am worthy and beautiful and divinely fabulous and for anyone who thinks less…do run. (: #dailyreminder #inspired #ITalkTooMuch #HealingAWoundedSoul
when another woman
calls me a ‘bitch’.
i know she is showing me exactly
she was cut.
this is what silence sounds like.
That assumption has a terrible flip side: Girls of color are often viewed as always sexually available, simply because of their race. Just look at the specific stereotypes: Latina women are “spicy,” Middle Eastern and South Asian women are simultaneously “exotic” and “repressed,” Asian women are “submissive,” black women are “wild” or “animalistic”—it doesn’t matter what disgusting stereotype you choose, it boils down to the same thing: Women of color are assumed to be always available for sex….On top of all of this, it’s important to keep in mind one of the main reasons women of color are expected to be always sexually available—because in countries where they’ve been historically enslaved or colonized by white cultures, the white men in those cultures felt free to rape them with impunity. That women of color in colonized countries should have any say-so in what happens to their bodies, sexually or otherwise, is a pretty new idea in the grand scheme of things, and one that women of color have had to fight hard for, and still have to fight for today.
“You don’t come back in here until you’ve apologized to every person in this room, Because you just exercised a freedom that none of these people of color have. When these people of color get tired of racism, they can’t just walk out, because there’s no place in this country where they aren’t going to be exposed to racism. They can’t even stay in their own homes and not be exposed to racism if they turn on their television. But you, as a white female, when you get tired of being judged and treated unfairly on the basis of your eye color, you can walk out that door, and you know it won’t happen out there. You exercised a freedom they don’t have. If you’re going to be in here you’re going to apologize to every person of color in this room. And do it now.”
“I’m sorry there’s racism in this country—
“BULLSHIT! No, you’re not going to say ‘I’m sorry there’s racism.’ You’re going to apologize for what YOU just did.”
“I will not apologize because it’s not a matter of race always—”
Jane Elliot is a champ.
Jane Elliot has been my fucking hero since I first learned about her in college. You know why?
Because in 1968, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, she conducted a little "experiment" with her class of kids in grade school. What she saw illuminated profoundly some of the mechanics of power and oppression, and gave those little white kids the tiniest, most tame taste of what it was like to be a person of color back then.
You can see her exercise in action again, with adults instead of kids, in the video. It’s worth watching.
Jane Elliot goes hard in the paint. She is living proof that whiteness/white culture is no excuse not to “get it”. She is living proof that “It was a different time” doesn’t mean a goddamned thing. She is living proof that there’s an example of what an ally SHOULD be and she is proof that it can be done without worrying about “all white people” or making it about oneself.
Fucking love this woman forever. Most of all because this isn’t a case of her taking credit for something a person of color did, either. She aint no Tim Wise.
Look here privileged people this is how you ally
The Dos & Don’ts for Religious Expression in Quebec
These are part of guidelines released by the government of Quebec today regarding their proposed “charter of values” which would restrict religious expression wore by teachers, government workers, daycare workers etc. It targets specifically Muslim, Sikh & Jewish communities.
Dear Outburst Family,
Just a reminder that we are kind of a big deal. We’d love for you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Wordpress. If you haven’t already noticed, we love inspiring stories and funny pictures, and definitely hate oppression. So let’s all continue to learn from one another, teach each other new things, and hopefully share a few laughs along the way!
What I love about being queer is that I’ve learned so much about myself and life (and other people, too) while discovering who and what I am. I love that being queer has opened up my sunnah - my path - and made me so happy to just be myself. Being queer has showed me how to love myself, and it’s the most empowering thing.-kay holland (chicago / louisville, ky)