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Demita Frazier: How We Get Free

When: Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9A Hamilton Place • Boston



Oppressed and exploited peoples have always found ways to collaborate in often miraculous ways. Witness the fear among rulers of unity across race. But until the 1970s, there were few systematic attempts to understand, from the point of view of grassroots women of color, and black women in particular, how to build coalitions that are truly emancipatory. One of the most powerful attempts, one with the most consequences, was that offered in the Combahee River Collective Statement.

In this conversation, Demita Frazier, one of the Collective's founders, examines the logic of their coalition building practices and theory. In contrast to the "oppression Olympics" that academic readings of the statement produced, the Collective's work built real support structures and networks for women in the City of Boston and placed violence against women firmly on the agenda. Beyond their necessary defensive work, the collective saw their efforts as part of a socialist movement - one in which they would be full partners. Demita is joined by Linda Liu, a UMass Boston sociologist and activist, who will facilitate the conversation.

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