I am helping facilitate the POC Caucus at this year’s NOLOSE, and I wanted to make the announcement to any folks who might be attending or thinking about attending!
Here’s our workshop description:
A supportive space for people of color at NOLOSE to mobilize, strategize, debrief, and discuss the intersections of race, fat, and other oppressions. During this session, we will examine such topics as:
* Identifying both successes and failures/challenges within the larger Fat Acceptance/Activist (FA) movement around its relevance and attention to POC experiences and needs.
* Identifying the strategic directions where we would like to see NOLOSE head and concrete suggestions or plans for how to get there.
* Identifying the strategic directions where we would like to see the FA movement head and concrete suggestions or plans for how to get there.
This session is closed to self-identified People of Color only.
Tara Shuai is a twenty-something biracial high femme New Yorker by way of DC and Richmond, VA. She is a lover of fatshion, social justice, blogging, and figuring out ways to live fabulously on a dime. Tara blogs regularly for fatshionista.com and her personal blog, contributes to Racialicious, and is the fatshion and beauty correspondent for FemmeCast.
Miasia Johnson has been black and fat all her life. She, however, didn’t know it until she was 10. She has had 32 years (this weekend! Woohoo!) of experience being a fat person of color, but only 22 being a conscious fat person of color. She’s excited to explore that consciousness at NOLOSE.
I am also going to try and push my own agenda for us as a group to publicize some sort of position paper or fact sheet as a result of our discussions and recommendations at the caucus. Kind of like a “We, the fat and POC people of NOLOSE 2008, want XYZ and PQR from the FA Community and from NOLOSE and this is how we think we can get there…”
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