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Reflexive practices have the ability to both center oneself in the fight and change the minds of others. Understanding one’s positionality in the complex dynamics of power can be difficult especially when circumstances are fluid and lines are boundless. However, social structures that perpetuate oppressive power relations tangle us together in ways that both help and harm.
Writing, whether about your own experiences or others, for yourself or the public, is a form of action that can lead to insights about yourself, your community, and our society. In this two session workshop (1 hour each week), we will discuss the foundations of anti-racist writing, lead participants through prompts and thoughtful exercises, and read articles to grow our consciousness about bias and power. The second session will be April 14th from 5:30-6:30pm PST.
Our instructors are the co-editors behind the Black Allyship @ Mochi column, an ongoing project hosted at Mochi magazine that urges an awareness of racial injustice in the United States, particularly the oppression of Black people in America.
Giannina (she/her) recently finished her master’s in women and gender studies. She is a nerd: she loves reading, writing, and being in the classroom. At Mochi magazine, she serves as the activism editor. Elsewhere she is completing research on caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities and maintaining a variety of social media accounts.
Sarah (she/her) is a writer, editor, and educator from Queens, NY. In a past life, she led creative writing, essay writing, and graphic noveling workshops for children, and she currently teaches essay writing to Asian American children from immigrant backgrounds. At Mochi, in addition to the Black Allyship column, she serves as the copy chief. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Truancy Magazine and Peach Velvet Magazine.
Tria (she/her) is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in the Washington Post, the NYT Now app, Narratively, Ozy, The Seventh Wave, Slant’d Media, Huffington Post, and the Editor’s Picks of Medium, among other places. At Mochi, she serves as co-editor of the Black Allyship column. When not writing, Tria co-runs Make America Dinner Again, and has appeared on NPR, BBC, ABC, Mother Jones, at SXSW and more to discuss and model how to build understanding across political lines.
At AAJIL, we believe in practicing a culture of mutual, relational generosity rather than a culture of the commodity. Please consider showing your gratitude and appreciation for Giannina, Tria, and Sarah’s labor in offering this free learning opportunity by donating directly to them: Venmo @giannina-hannah