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Recovering International Women’s Day: A Decolonial Feminist Teach-In

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes Jalessah T. Jackson and Dartricia Rollins for an International Women’s Day teach-in. March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world. However, its roots as International Working Women's Day, signifying internationalist resistance and struggle against exploitative working conditions remain little-known to many. Mainstream celebrations of IWD have attempted to separate the day from its socialist origins. The creators of International Women’s Day teach us that contemporary corporate attempts to capitalize on the day have nothing in common with our continued struggle towards liberation. Jalessah and Dartricia will utilize a decolonial feminist lens to recover the radical origins of International Women’s Day.

This event is in partnership with the Decolonial Feminist Collective and the Black Alliance for Peace - Atlanta Chapter. The Decolonial Feminist Collective, scholar-organizers across disciplines utilizing internationalist and decolonial approaches in political education, movement, and solidarity-building. The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is a people(s)-centered Human Rights project against war, repression, and imperialism.

Jalessah T. Jackson (they/she) is a (m)other, teacher-learner, abolitionist, and interdisciplinary cultural worker whose work is grounded in a people-centered approach to human rights theory and practice, a lens that uses Black feminist intersectional analysis to anchor its social justice demands.

They are an experienced educator teaching in both community-based and higher education settings. Jalessah has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Public Health and Social Sciences, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. In April 2020, She founded the Decolonial Feminist Collective (DFC), a project that seeks to produce new forms of knowledge as well as elevate, center, and amplify cultural epistemologies, experiences, and knowledges. 

Across all of Jalessah’s experiences in the classroom and in community, her work exemplifies the interrelationship between pedagogy, scholarship, and political engagement, and her daily work has been with/in communities who are marginalized through systems of oppression. Jalessah holds a BA in African and African Diaspora Studies, and a MA in Gender and Cultural Studies.

Dartricia Rollins (pronouns: she/her) is the Assistant Director of Charis Circle, and a bookseller at Charis Books and More. She holds a BS in Human Services and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. Dartricia is an art and book collector and does research and program coordination for independent artists and scholars. 

Dartricia is a cultural worker and community organizer. She serves on the Board of Directors at Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, a member of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) a people(s)-centered Human Rights project against war, repression, and imperialism, and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL).

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

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Charis welcomes Jalessah T. Jackson and Dartricia Rollins for an International Women’s Day teach-in. Jalessah and Dartricia will utilize a decolonial feminist lens to recover the radical origins of International Women's Day.