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Intersectionality, a term coined in the s by UCLA and Columbia law professor Kimberle Crenshaw, seeks to define the overlapping oppressions that people who are part of multiple marginalized groups experience. A number of iintersectionality have iintersectionality to me over the last few months with the question: Here are four steps that you can take as an organizer or organizational decision-maker to ensure your work is prioritizing marginalized communities: At CASS, we have worked to center these priorities in the bedrock of all we do.
Intersectiobality show up to rallies and events organized by people of color and particularly trans women of color. We know that the solutions that work for women who are housed, white, cis, able-bodied, and straight are not the same ones that will work for women who are unhoused, nonwhite, trans, disabled, black, and queer.
We understand that street harassment is more than just sexual comments shouted by strangers intersectionwlity the street. It manifests in a different way for cis white women than it does for trans women of color. And therefore, the solutions are different. And if we center the needs of those who live at the margins, there will be a ripple effect for everyone.
Feb 22, Posted by Jessica Raven. De-center yourself; center those who are marginalized by multiple layers of oppression.
Systems of oppression like race, class, and sex are interconnected — creating an experience that is transformative, not additive. That means that a shared gender identity will not necessarily produce a shared experience among all women of varying race, class, sexual orientation, housing status, or other factors.
Similarly, Muslim women experience gender-based harassment in the context of Islamophobia, and trans women of color experience harassment that is sexist, racist, and transphobic. Am I showing up?
Intersectionality Isn’t Just a Buzzword. Here’s How to Put It into Practice.
How many POC-led events and meetings have you attended? How have you supported POC-led organizing? How do you amplify the events and messages of POC? POC have been organizing for decades to address the most pressing issues in their communities. Bring your tables to them. Make your tables kid-friendly. And bring food to put on those tables, too. Stop telling people of color that they should care about your issue because it disproportionately affects them; find out the specific ways that your issue affects them, and prioritize solutions that may be different.
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Readings from Grad School: Intersectionality as buzzword
Just about every issue disproportionately affects communities of color — homelessness, health care access, street harassment, poverty, climate change. All of these issues affect marginalized communities in different ways, and that means that the solutions are different.
First, we have to do the work to find out how these issues are specifically affecting those who live at the margins — and particularly how people are affected when they are part of multiple marginalized groups, such as disabled homeless undocumented trans women of color. Well… Pass the mic — and listen.
If your organization is asked to speak, write or act on an issue, offer that opportunity to someone directly impacted by that issue instead of speaking for them. This one is literally that simple.
Resist the temptation to explain, defend or add your two cents. Watch our roundtable on street harassment in full to hear about the experiences of Muslim women with hate-based harassment and trans women of color with hate-based harassment and assault in shelters.
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