Sisters, Loud & Proud: Video Blog Project

SisterSong NYC, a collective of women of color activists who have committed to advocating for women of color and reproductive justice, has sent out a call for interviews for their video blog project: Sisters, Loud and Proud. Please see their call for participants below:

“Sisters, Loud and Proud is a video blog project that is being produced through a collaboration with SisterSong NYC and Planned Parenthood Federation.  The recent attacks on African American and Latina women is deplorable and has tried to use our bodies and dignity to position us as victims. This project will capture the stories of local young African American and Latina women and our allies to discuss what we have been doing for ourselves to preserve and protect our dignity and reproductive freedom in the face of these attacks, in addition to the impact and importance of Planned Parenthood in our personal lives and advocacy.

The fierce activism present in New York City has established itself as leader in successful local and national movements for women of color and reproductive justice.  We want to capture the faces and the stories behind this work to show that it’s not always the big names and recognizable faces that create movement, but it’s the everyday woman who is fighting for respect and dignity for her life and community.”

Email SisterSong NYC at sistersongnyc@gmail.com to find out more about contributing YOUR story to Sisters, Loud & Proud!

BIG MOUTH: contemporary feminist voices in art + illustration

OPENING AUGUST 9 @ BROOKLYN FIREPROOF

a group show featuring
Suzy Exposito / Molly Fair / Kim Funk / Kathleen Hanna
J. Morrison / Adee Roberson / Gabby Schulz

Curated by Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio, BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration is a platform for unpopular visual opinions. Feminist movements have historically grown out of interventions within radical communities in the face of silence, anger, and often, violence. Still, these conflicts and contentions are fought with the utmost passion and humor in hopes for a radical resolution. BIG MOUTH illustrates the ever-evolving search for feminist/queer identities and communities. This group show places feminist narratives at the center of radical art-making, where often our voices are poorly represented or left out altogether. BIG MOUTH is a celebration of our pluralism, our goofiness, and a proclamation of defiant love.

@ Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11237

with open hours throughout

OPENING TUESDAY  AUG 9 6p-9p
Opening party
& participatory feminist art workshop
Bring your favorite art supplies (some will be provided)
Limited materials so register here!

THURSDAY  AUG 11 12p-6p
Open hours: drop by and visit with curators Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio

FRIDAY  AUG 12
12p-6p Open hours
7p Panel discussion with Suzy Exposito, Kim Funk & more
9p Closing DANCE PARTY!

BIG MOUTH is part of the Birds of Summer event series hosted by For the Birds.
A map of all events can be found here.

GIRL GANG GIG VOLUME #009

photo courtesy On the Dot Collective

In a last minute endeavor, For the Birds is joining up with New Brunswick, NJ’s On the Dot Collective to present GIRL GANG GIG VOLUME #009. GGGV is an extension of the International Girl Gang Underground zine and seeks to document and promote women and queer spaces within D.I.Y. music/art scenes. This is For the Birds’ first official out-of-state organizational effort, and our first collaboration with On the Dot.

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

6:30PM-10:30PM

CO-CURATED BY
FOR THE BIRDS COLLECTIVE &
ON THE DOT COLLECTIVE

— NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ BASEMENT SHOW —
— LOCATION TBA —

:::::::::: BIKINI KILL COVER SET
Featuring bad-ass members of Lost Weekend, 3Jane, Sparkle Shit
& maybe a guest appearance

:::::::: WHISTLIN’ DIXIE SCREENING
“Whistlin’ Dixie: Queer Sounds, New South”
A documentary film about queer music from the American South
by Meredith Heil
http://queersouth.com/

:::::: BARBECUE
Cuz it’s summer and we can!

:::: FOR MORE INFO
http://forthebirdscollecti​ve.org/
http://onthedotcollective.​blogspot.com/
http://girlganggigvolume.t​umblr.com/

:: MORE TBA!

» RSVP ON FACEBOOK «

ANNOUNCING: BIRDS OF SUMMER, a feminist event series

Since 2008, For the Birds has presented THE BIG SHE-BANG, a feminist conference and festival, every summer.  This year we decided to try something new and exciting.

FOR THE BIRDS is pleased to announce BIRDS OF SUMMER, a series of feminist events in August and September.

As always, check our website for updates. We’ll be posting info on our Facebook invite, too, where you can RSVP.

TUES. AUG 9 – FRI. AUG 12: BIG MOUTH
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contemporary feminist voices in art + illustration
@ Brooklyn Fireproof with open hours throughout

TUESDAY 6p-9p Opening party & participatory feminist art workshop
THURSDAY 12p-6p Open hours, meet the curators
FRIDAY 12p-6p Open hours // 7p Panel discussion with the artists // 9p CLOSING DANCE PARTY!
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11237

SAT. AUG. 20: PROTECT YOURSELF ‘CAUSE YOU’LL WRECK YOURSELF
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12pm-3pm @ Launchpad // A skill share on how to take care of ourselves while
we try to fix the world.  Topics to include yoga, massage, and more.
721 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238

SAT. AUG 27 + SUN. AUG 28 THE WRITTEN BIRD
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Two day event featuring women writers and organizers giving workshops and
readings. Also included will be tables of literature by local writers and a bookswap!
Workshops Sat. Aug. 27 @ WORD Brooklyn.
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Readings Sun. Aug 28 @ Bluestockings NYC
172 Allen Street, NY 10002
SAT. SEPT. 3: “THE WORST” COMPILATION ZINE BENEFIT SHOW
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8pm @ Death by Audio // “Who’d Ya Lose and How Ya Dealin’?” A benefit show to raise money for The Worst Compilation Zine on grief and loss, featuring: music from Bridge and Tunnel, Worriers, and Very Okay, Readings by Cynthia Schemmer, Tommy Pico, and more, Puppetry by Geppetta Puppet Theater, and Tabling by For the Birds and Birdsong Collective. $6-10 sliding scale, all ages, no BYOB.
RSVP // 49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY, 11222

FOR THE BIRDS COMPILATION
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For the Birds will be curating our annual music compilation featuring women-fronted and feminist-positive bands from all over the country. RVIVR, Small Bones, CAT VET, Big Eyes and No Statik are just a few bands that will be on this year’s comp, titled “FLOCK ROCK.” Past years have included Grass Widow, Fleabag, Slingshot Dakota, P.S. Eliot, Brilliant Colors, Cheeky, Arctic Flowers, Nuclear Family, and Carnal Knowledge. Our compilations are exclusively available at every event and our online store!

Fundraising for Women’s Work Collaborative Art Project


 

Women’s Work is a collaborative textiles sculpture for female-identified survivors of rape and abuse involving radical sewing circles and holistic healing. The artist, Amanda Millis states, “I want to create the safest world community for survivors of rape, violence, and trauma.”

The project is partially funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and the rest will come from the upcoming “Artists Fighting Rape” fundraiser at Teddy’s Bar and Grill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.  The $10 suggested entry fee gets you food and drink specials. You can donate as little or as much as you want.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 // 10 PM-2AM.
96 Berry St. @ N 8th. (3 blocks from Bedford L).
with DJ Savannah Knoop
and Silent Art Auction by:
Rachel Bolden-Kramer
Amanda Millis
Kristin Simpson
Zefrey Throwell
Read more about the project here, and check out the Facebook invite!  You can also donate to the project here.
The Women’s Work be at Third Root Holistic Health Center in Ditmas Park in August.  Check Amanda Millis’ website for more info or to participate!

Bird Words!

Introducing For the Birds Book Club, BirdWords. Over the summer (and probably continuing afterwards) we are going to choose a title of awesome feminist fiction to read and ask you to read it as well! We’ll post a blog post with our thoughts and invite you to join in the conversation via email, blog comments, and tweets!

This month’s book is Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea – a prequel of sorts to Jane Eyre through the eyes of Antoinette Cosway, known as the tragic Bertha Mason in Bronte’s iconic work. Rhys humanizes a classic hurdle and creates a back story and reasons for her “madness”. It’s also an interesting look at Caribbean culture, colonialism, race, and class.

So if you’d like to join us, please take the month to read it! It’s pretty short and we’ll post a blog at the end of the month. Feel free to email us, tweet, or facebook any questions or comments!

Happy reading, y’all!

P.S. FTB blog favorite, Racialicious, is doing an awesome Octavia Butler Book Club as well! Looks like fun!