The Power of Words: Leveraging Language to Control or Liberate

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Join this interactive workshop on how language can be (ab)used to oppress groups, and how to leverage words to liberate people instead.

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Noel Altaha, Big Reuse

Noel Altaha is an Indigenous womxn, an older sister and an enrolled member to the N’dee (White Mountain Apache Tribe) in present-day Arizona. Her clans are Eagle and ‘Tugaiin’ ‘White Water People’. Based in New York City, Noel is an Outreach Associate at Big Reuse, a non-profit organization in the development of environmentally sustainable projects of food waste and composting in Brooklyn households and communities. She is also an assistant to a course, ‘Power, Race, Oppression Privilege’ and teaches graduate social work students. Noel’s work of policy advocacy, activism, event organizing, social media commentary and academic scholarship focuses on health, wellbeing of land and Native women and the impact of political issues on women of color and Native American women in particular. Noel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College and a Master of Science degree in Social Work with a focus on social policy from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys sleep, food, and ‘woke’ podcasters speaking truth on political and social activities. Twitter: @ngaltaha


Jerin Arifa, National Organization for Women (NOW)

Jerin Arifa is an award-winning community organizer and communications specialist, who co-created the campus sexual assault policy for the largest urban public university in the nation. She brought together diverse community stakeholders–media, legislators, staff, faculty, students, and University Board of Trustees–in a collaborative process of discovering needs and defining a desired policy. As a first-generation Bangladeshi and Muslim-American feminist, Jerin leverages her multicultural background to deliver successful communications strategies for a variety of organizations, ranging from commercial real estate to nonprofits. As the Founder and President of the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) inaugural virtual chapter, Young Feminists and Allies, she works on youth development across the U.S. Jerin’s work has appeared in diverse outlets from The Huffington Post to Cosmopolitan, and she presents regularly to local, national and international audiences. Twitter: @JerinArifa


Frania Romulus, Playwright, Counselor & Activist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPnd7bD2NXY


Florcy Romero, Co-Founder, Women of Color in Solidarity

Florcy is a radical hoodrat. She is the founder of Women of Color in Solidarity, a collective that seeks to heal, educate, elevate, create and liberate alongside other women of color. She dedicates her time to using education for the practice of freedom. She teaches youth from her barrio and designs curriculums that disrupt white supremacy. Her work is centered on decolonization and healing, undoing generations of trauma. Her knowledge is not just hers but by way of the indigenous women who came before her and passed it on. The protectors of Mother Earth, the healers, and the brujas you could not kill off. Twitter: @wocsolidarity


Valerie Capili and Gabby Witte, Barrier Free Living

Valerie Capili and Gabby Witte are licensed social workers at Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden, Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program. They provide counseling, case management, and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault who are also living with some kind of physical, cognitive, or psychiatric disability. Previously, Valerie worked in the fields of elder abuse and human trafficking, while Gabby provided counseling, vocational services, and social skills training to individuals with developmental disabilities. Twitter: @BarrierFreeL



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Carmelina Cartei, Instructor, Women & Gender Studies


*PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO GET THROUGH SECURITY AND HAVE A PHOTO ID. Check in at Hunter West, on the southwest corner of East 68th Street & Lexington Avenue.

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