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Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas Conference Footage



Descriptive Summary

Creator Center for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin,
Title Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference Footage
Dates: 2012-2013
Abstract The Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas Conference Footage collection contains edited footage from the 2012 conference. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin as part of its Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative.
Accession No. 2013-01
OCLC Record No.
Extent 15 videos, 1 audio file
Language English, Portuguese, Spanish
Repository Human Rights Documentation Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

As part of its Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative, a five year grant project that “generated and supported projects to create an educational culture for gender and racial justice,” the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin organized Rethinking Power & Resistance: Gender & Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas, a two-day international conference held at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas, on October 5-6, 2012.

Rethinking Power & Resistance was organized by a broad-based group of UT faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from Women’s and Gender Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Theatre and Dance, Anthropology, Law, English, University of Texas Libraries, and the Multicultural Engagement Center as well as community organizers from Austin-based groups such as Mamas of Color Rising, Alma de Mujer, allgo, Transgender Jail Project, Texas After Violence Project, Conspire Theatre, and La Semilla Childcare Collective. The Rethinking Power & Resistance organizing committee envisioned a conference that would bring organizers and activist scholars together and foment collaborative work beyond the conference. As such, the conference centered around three community-university collaborations with the Transgender Jail Project, Conspire Theatre, and the Polochic Evictions Counteraction and foregrounded the themes of arts as advocacy, pedagogies of alliance, and resisting criminalization.

In addition to these three collaborations, academics and activists from throughout the Americas presented their research and activism on gender justice and human rights. The conference prioritized networking, workshops, and interdisciplinary activism for scholars, social justice organizers, and community members who engage in and question the use of human rights language to address issues of gender justice. Conference attendees and participants collaboratively examined the relationships of women, LGBT communities, and communities of color to women’s human rights as they pertain to issues such as economic rights, environmental justice, immigration, incarceration/detention, land rights, political repression, reproductive justice, resource sharing, sexuality, and more. The conference aimed to explore new movement strategies for gender justice which: work at the intersections of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity; work with and in tension with human rights language (addressing autonomous uses of human rights strategies and the harm of neoliberal human rights appropriation); work in or in relationship to the Americas; and build on connections among community organizers and activist scholars while interweaving our local context with transnational work.

The conference closed with “Mama Said Knock You Out 2,” a women in hip hop benefit concert for Mamas of Color Rising. The concert took place at the now defunct venue, The Collective, and featured live painting by TooFly, hip-hop performances from Invincible (Emergence Media; Detroit, Michigan), Las Krudas (Cuba/Austin, Texas), Lah Tere (Mama's Hip Hop Kitchen; Chicago, Illinois), Yoli and T-Fly (The Cipher; Austin, Texas), Tiger Lily (Riders Against the Storm; Austin, Texas), Tru Bloo (Oakland, California), and DJ sets by DJ Trinity (The Living Room Project; Oakland, California) and DJ T-Kay ("Hip Hop Hooray" on KOOP Radio; Austin, Texas). Mz Marlah, of the “Soul Vibrations” radio show on Austin radio station KAZI, hosted the event.

References

  • [1] “CWGS Embrey Women’s Rights Initiative,” Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cwgs/womens-rights/Womens-Rights-Initiative.php(Accessed 26 March 2013)
  • [2] “Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas Conference,” Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. http://powerandresistance2012.wordpress.com/ (Accessed 10 April 2013)


Chronology of the Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas Conference

2012 October 05
2012 October 06

Scope and Contents Note

This collection is divided into three main series:

   Series I, Day One of the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference, 05 October 2012

This series contains four videos from the first day of the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference. Footage is in English and Spanish. Videos are arranged in chronological order according to the Rethinking Power and Resistance conference program.

   Series II, Day Two of the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference, 06 October 2012

This series contains ten videos from the second day of the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference. Footage is in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Videos are arranged in chronological order according to the Rethinking Power and Resistance conference program.

   Series III, Promotional Materials, 2012-2013

This series contains audiovisual materials that were created to promote the conference. Material is in English and arranged in chronological order.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Four videos are restricted to protect the privacy of the women documented.

Use Restrictions

These materials are made available by the University of Texas Libraries solely for the purposes of research, teaching and private study. All intellectual property rights are retained by the legal copyright holders. The University of Texas does not hold the copyright to the content of this file. Formal permission to reuse or republish this content must be obtained from the copyright holder.


Index Terms

The is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Subjects (Persons)
Gómez, Mayra
Major, Miss
Subjects
Activism
Forced Migration--Guatemala
Hip-Hop Feminism
Incarceration Issues
Transgender People--Civil Rights
Transgender prisoners
Women's Rights--International Cooperation
Women--Violence Against
Places
Bahia--Brazil
Central America
Mexico
Panzós--Guatemala
Polochic Valley--Guatemala
Texas--University at Austin
Texas--United States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: [Name of video], Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from the Transnational Americas Conference Footage, Human Rights Documentation Initiative, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin, [link to video if applicable].


Box and Folder Inventory

 

I. Day One of the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference 2012 October 05
(4 videos)

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rpr_2012_10_05 p1 Opening conversation with all participants 2012 October 05
This video is restricted and cannot be viewed on the HRDI site. Session is conducted in both Spanish and English. Opening ceremony and conversation with all participants in the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference. Ghislaine “Tiger Lily” Mahone convened the conference with movement and voice. Paula X. Rojas (Mamas of Color Rising), Beliza Torres, and Katherine Craft (Conspire Theatre) led participants in a movement exercise. Andrea Zarate introduced the participatory nature of the conference, and Kristen Hogan and Rocío Villalobos introduced the conference with acknowledgements of the Conference’s sponsors. Opening conversation continues with a series of movement exercises, both individual and in groups. [RT 01:31:01]
p2 Collaborators in conversation: gender identity, performance, prisons and displacement 2012 October 05
This video is restricted and cannot be viewed on the HRDI site. Session is conducted in both English and Spanish. In this session, panelists from three community collaborations – Conspire Theatre, Polochic Evictions Counteraction, and the Transgender Jail Project—introduce their organization, how their organization developed, and the intersections between their organizations and human rights issues. The Polochic Evictions Counteraction is represented by two representatives from the 12 Q’eqchi’ communities, Heather Teague and Mayra Gómez. The two Q’eqchi’ representatives detail the violent evictions experienced within their communities and the steps that are being taken to achieve justice for the displaced communities. Matt Richardson and Priscilla Hale, the representatives for the Transgender Jail Project, explain the origins of the project and the difficulties faced by transgender individuals (primarily male assigned-at-birth persons) and the prison system’s failure to offer adequate resources and advocacy for incarcerated transgender persons. Priscilla Hale discusses a survey provided by the Transgender Jail Project to Texas jails to assess their familiarity with transgender issues and their housing policies related to gender-nonconforming individuals. Conspire Theatre, represented by Caoimhe McAvinchey, Katherine Craft, and Michelle Dahlenburg; discusses the initial foundation of the organization and the theatre-based workshops provided by the organization to women in incarceration and the prison system. Panelists answer questions from the audience regarding issues of human rights, advocacy, the prison system, and interacting with local communities/governments to enact change. [RT 01:53:17]
p3 Mayra Gómez: "the impact of forced evictions on women and women's resistance" 2015 October 05
This video is restricted and cannot be viewed on the HRDI website. Session is conducted in English. Mayra Gómez, co-director of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, presents on forced evictions within the Polochic communities in Panzós, Guatemala. The presentation begins with photographs of women who have been evicted from their homes throughout the world, in places such as Nairobi, Cambodia, India and Guatemala. She details the motivations behind forced evictions: primarily as “land grabs” made by a powerful organization or business, leaving thousands of people homeless, or relocated to non-arid lands where they can no longer engage in subsistence level farming. Presentation includes an analysis of gender-based human rights issues as they relate to forced evictions, such as increased rates of domestic or sexual violence experienced by women who are forcibly evicted from their homes and land, and their increased chances of becoming victims of human trafficking. There is a short film screening of a documentary produced by Witness about forced evictions in the global community [not included in footage]. Session closes with questions from the audience. [RT 37:28]
p4 Women in hip hop roundtable 2012 October 05
Women in hip hop roundtable
Session is conducted in English. Roundtable discussion with hip hop artists Invincible, Yoli Zapata, Tru Bloo, Lah Tere, micah hobbes frazier (DJ Trinity), and TooFly, moderated by Kellee Coleman and Rocío Villalobos. Discussion begins with personal introductions by moderators and panelists, who introduce themselves and detail their art, work, and activism. Topics covered include race, gender and deconstructing privilege through the production of art and music, experiences of panelists within the male-dominated field of hip hop music, and using art as a tool for social justice and activism.



 

II. Day Two of the Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference 2012 October 06
(10 videos)

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rpr_2012_10_06 p1 The Polochic Evictions Counteraction 2012 October 06
This video is restricted and cannot be viewed on the HRDI website. Session is conducted in both English and Spanish. In this session, Mayra Gómez and Bret Thiele, founders of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, begin with a discussion of the case according to the framework of international human rights and gender, the systems of legal recourse that are available to the communities, and the position of power the government is in with regards to these evictions. Heather Teague discusses the work of Proyecto Contra-Desalogos en el Polochic with the Q’eqchi’ communities, including the Precautionary Measures granted by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and presents a slideshow of photographs documenting the atrocities committed against the Q’eqchi’ communities during these evictions. After the slideshow two representatives from the evicted Q’eqchi communities describe how in March 2011, their communities were violently evicted from their lands in Panzós, Guatemala, where they lived as subsistence farmers. The two Q’echi’ people give testimony to their experiences during and after the evictions, their current access to resources, and the poverty experienced as a result of losing their livelihood. The panel then takes questions from the audience. [RT 01:42:28]
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Up against walls: a transnational dialogue on black women, health and the prison system from Texas to Brazil
Session is conducted in Portuguese and English. Panelists Andréia Borges dos Santos, Hamilton Borges dos Santos, and Christen A. Smith discuss patterns of violence within the penitentiary system in Bahia, Brazil, with moderator Matt Richardson presenting information on the systemic violence within the United States prison system, focusing on Texas. The panel begins with short presentations from each speaker on their work advocating for women and people of color in the penitentiary system in Brazil and the United States. Panelists detail how the prison system in these two countries has been used as a tool for enacting racialized violence against black individuals, gendered violence against female-identified individuals, and to maintain systems of power and oppression within society. [RT 01:35:45]
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Scenes unseen: performance
Session is conducted in Portuguese and English. Panelists Andréia Borges dos Santos, Hamilton Borges dos Santos, and Christen A. Smith discuss patterns of violence within the penitentiary system in Bahia, Brazil, with moderator Matt Richardson presenting information on the systemic violence within the United States prison system, focusing on Texas. The panel begins with short presentations from each speaker on their work advocating for women and people of color in the penitentiary system in Brazil and the United States. Panelists detail how the prison system in these two countries has been used as a tool for enacting racialized violence against black individuals, gendered violence against female-identified individuals, and to maintain systems of power and oppression within society. [RT 01:35:45]
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Scenes unseen: performance
Session conducted in English. Miss Major, Director of the TGI (Transgender Gender Variant Intersex) Justice Project, discusses her personal history, activism, and development of the TGI Justice Project. She details the human rights violations and abuses experienced by transgender people both in and out of the prison system, and the support needed by the transgender community. Because gender variant and transgender individuals are housed according to their sex as assigned at birth, transgender women are regularly subjected to abuse and sexual violence within the prison system as the result of unsafe housing. After Miss Major’s talk, audience members pose questions about voting rights in prison, being transgender allies, and supporting those who are currently incarcerated. [RT 01:02:27]
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'Linking human rights and human dignity” with the Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project: A workshop with Miss Major
Session is conducted in English. Session begins with a short slide presentation demonstrating the diversity of the transgender community and an introduction by Miss Major to the prison industrial complex as it relates to transgender individuals, followed by a short film screening featuring interviews with transgender people who have experienced the prison system. After the screening, Miss Major answers audience questions that relate to providing resources to incarcerated transgender people that would enable them to access medical and emotional support as well as engaging in activism to facilitate the recognition of transgender rights as human rights, [RT 01:10:13]
p6
Arts as advocacy panel
Session is conducted in English. Panel consists of two research presentations surrounding feminicide, queer latinidad and the female body. The first panelist, Jessica Ordaz, presents her research “Disrupting the Silence of Feminicide in Ciudad Juárez,” on the systemic targeting and killing of women within Ciudad Juárez and the discourse surrounding these murders acting as implicit support of the systemic devaluation of women. The second panelist, Joseph M. Pierce, presents his research “Borderland Bitches: Queer Latinidad in Contemporary Poetry and Performance,” which analyzes the shared marginalization of gay and lesbian identities and an explores the poetry anthology Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicana and Xicano Performance Poetry as an example of solidarity generated from this shared marginalization. After the presentations, the panel opens up for comments and questions from the audience, including a discussion about appreciation of difference as a form of solidarity and art as a facilitation of public memory. [RT 01:06:54]
p7
Pedagogies of alliance panel
Session is conducted in English and Spanish. Panel discussion with Ruthann Lee [(Mis)guided Missions? Korean Women, Christianity, and Native (Im)migrant Relations in Canada], Faron Levesque [(Re)inventing Revolutionary Pedagogies in a Transnational America] and Monica Jasis Silberg (Ni Servicios Ni Derechos: los jóvenes mexicanos en el sistema de salud). Panelist Ruthann Lee presents a work in progress that analyses the intersections of race and power relations in Canada as they relate to colonial and capitalist histories. Faron Levesque examines the changing roles of pedagogy in the United States from a word that connotes power and authority to an ongoing ethic or worldview, allowing for innovation in instruction, or “radical pedagogy.” The final panelist, Monica Jasis Silberg, describes the current social crisis taking place in Mexico with particular focus on young children, many of whom do not have access to either education or employment. Session ends with questions and comments from the audience. [RT 01:26:58]
p8
Resistance through joy, play and community at a women’s correctional complex: conspire theatre’s rehearsing possibilities project
Session is conducted in English. Workshop presented by Conspire Theatre Executive Director Katherine Craft; Conspire Theatre Associate Director Michelle Dahlenburg, and Workshop Facilitator Olivia Jimenez. This session is designed to provide a sample of exercises conducted in a typical Conspire Theatre class for incarcerated women. Workshop contains meditation exercises, role-play, and creative exercises and is followed with a discussion amongst participants. [RT 01:35:23]
p10
Criminalization and transnational gender justice panel
Session is conducted in English and Spanish. Panel discussion features Marcela Abadía, Laura Aguirre, Haile Cole, and Alicia Paller-Rzepka, with Elvia Mendoza as moderator. Marcela Abadía presents “Is There a Possible Future for Gender Justice in a South Global Criminal Justice System?,” her doctoral research on the development of the criminal justice system within the global south as it relates to gender based violence and feminism. The second panelist, Laura Aguirre, discusses her doctoral research entitled “Poder y resistencia en las trabajadores sexuales centroamericanas en la frontera sur de México,” a case study focusing on the experiences of sex workers from Central America living and working in southern Mexico. Haile Cole describes her work in New York at a residential treatment program for previously incarcerated women in her lecture entitled “Examining Community Based Alternatives as a Response to the Women’s Growing Incarceration.” The fourth panelist, Alicia Paller-Rzepka, presents, “Think Globally, Forget Locally? An Analysis of the Global Human Rights Framework and the Erasure of Violence against Women in the United States” her analysis of the systemic issue of violence against women in the United States and its invisibility in the face of what are considered more pressing concerns of global human rights violations and gender based violence outside of US borders. Panel closes with questions and comments from the audience. [RT 01:32:44]
p11
Re-thinking and re-action: using our power to resist (closing conversation with all participants)
Session is conducted in English and Portuguese. Closing session for the Re-thinking Power and Resistance Conference Rose Pulliam of allgo offers a closing analysis of the conference and guides conference participants in a discussion and writing exercise to reflect on how the conference prepares participants to rethink power and resistance. Kristen Hogan, Rocío Villalobos, and Andrea Zarate offer closing comments. [RT 01:16:11]



 

III. Promotional Materials 2012-2013
(2 videos)

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rpr_promo 01
People United Radio: Conversation with Rethinking Power and Resistance Conference Organizers
Program is conducted in English. People United, a weekly progressive news and public affairs show hosted by Allan Campbell on Austin’s community radio station, KOOP 91.7 fm, invited Rethinking Power and Resistance organizers on the air to discuss the conference. Kristen Hogan, Michelle Mott, T-Kay Sangwand, Rocío Villalobos, and Andrea Zarate participated in the conversation. The conversation was pre-recorded on September 23, 2012 at the KOOP studio and was edited for the September 28, 2012.
02
Rethinking Power and Resistance promotional video
Video is in English. Andrea Zarate created a post-conference promotional video which contains footage from the conference and interview clips with conference organizers and participants (in order of appearance) – Kristen Hogan, T-Kay Sangwand, Andrea Zarate, Hailey Mariel, and Kellee Coleman. [RT 05:22].