There isn’t a more significant time to lift the courageous, intergenerational, diasporic Black voices in NO! The Rape Documentary, and love WITH accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse anthology than now. Fall 2019 will mark both the 25th anniversary of the first pre-production meeting for the internationally acclaimed documentary film, NO!, and the forthcoming publication of the love WITH accountability anthology. Each of these works are groundbreaking, prevention resources that unwaveringly center diasporic Black survivors of adult rape and child sexual abuse. To commemorate the convergence of these milestones, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, the award-winning director of the film, and the editor of the anthology, is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania, the Just Beginnings Collaborative, Feminist and Gender Studies Department at Colorado College, Scribe Video Center, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia to host, #FromNO2Love: Black Feminist Centered Forum on Disrupting Sexual Violence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 31, 2019 - November 1, 2019. This gathering will lift the long-term and new survivor-led work that addresses, disrupts, and works to humanely end child sexual abuse and adult rape in Black and marginalized communities.
Confirmed #FromNO2Love attendees/presenters (alphabetical order): Liz S. Alexander, Sultan Ali, Esther Armah, Bahamadia, Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Luz Marquez-Benbow, Amadee Braxton, Joan Brannon, Elsa Barkley Brown, Aminata Cairo Baruti, Edxie Betts, Sevonna Brown, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Nawo Crawford, Adrienne Davis, Kia Steave Dickerson, Ulester Douglas, Wadia L. Gardiner, Charlene Gilbert, alicia sanchez gill, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Paul Farber, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Adenike Harris, Monique S. Howard, Audree Irons, John L. Jackson, Jr., Tanisha Esperanza Jarvis, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Grace Sanders Johnson, Gail M. Lloyd, Tonya Lovelace, Thea Matthews, Tina Morton, Sharon Mullally, Chevara Orrin, Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, Mel A. Phillips, Jey’nce Mizrahi Poindexter, Rachel Afi Quinn, Ignacio G. Hutía Xeiti Rivera, Dorothy Roberts, Lynn Roberts, Loretta J. Ross, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Amita Swadhin, Farah Tanis, Deborah A. Thomas, Salamishah Tillet, Scheherazade Tillet, Tashmica Torok, Giscard Xavier, Tamara L. Xavier, Traci C. West, Janelle L. White, and Dagmawi Woubshet
Registration, which will open in mid-September, is required for attendance.
Join the mailing list above, and stay tuned for more details in the weeks leading up to the #FromNO2Love Forum in Fall 2019.