Black Womxn Are Essential
The impact of COVID-19 has been racialized and gendered.
As the pandemic continues to devastate our communities, Black Feminist Future knew it would be important to document this moment. As witnessed in the past, when natural occurrences compounded by government inaction and negligence strike our communities (ex: Hurricane Katrina), the experiences and voices of Black women, girls, queer and trans people are often erased and forgotten especially during the “recovery phase.” When recovery plans are created, they are race neutral or lack a gender analysis. Meaning that they are developed to meet the needs of white communities. Black Womxn Are Essential intends to shift this approach. Through a collection of data, observation, and shared understanding gives BFF the opportunity to move in a more impactful manner to serve.
THE ‘X’ IN WOMXN
We use the x in womxn to be expansive of the many genders who have the lived experience of being a Black womxn or girl. From Black trans womxn, femmes, studs, gender non-conforming people, nonbinary people, cis womxn, and beyond, the x represents the many who are confronting and living in the constraints of the gender binary.
Our team held 20 one on ones with Black feminist organizations around the country to understand their ever-changing work, organizing, and interventions in these times.
With our research partner, Social Insights, we conducted a national, online survey to capture the experiences and resilience of Black womxn, girls, and gender oppressed people during COVID.
We invited 30 Black feminist leaders from diverse sectors to participate in a virtual innovation lab to share assessment, vision, and create holistic solutions and interventions.
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Black Feminist Future (BFF) is a member-centered organization and our members help inform our work, campaigns, and initiatives. At BFF, we’re centering leadership development, community care, and joy in order to build the political and social power that we need to win concrete changes in our lives, community, and beyond.
Uncover the interconnected narratives of Palestine, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Atlanta, GA. Moderated by Paris Hatcher, our panelists – Mary Hooks, Barbara Ransby, Bisan, Krystina François, and Jolie Massay – illuminate their experiences, unveiling the systemic patriarchal violence at the core of these communities’ quests for liberation.
Abortion is Freedom is Black Feminist Future’s (BFF) response to the outrageous attacks on reproductive freedom in the United States and Georgia. At the end of the day, freedom is being in control of our own bodies. Abortion bans are meant to control us, period. We need these anti-abortion politicians to mind their business and stay out of our bodies.
The experiences of Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people are often forgotten or erased. In 2020, BFF launched Black Womxn Are Essential to circumvent this erasure by clocking the racial and gender impact of COVID on this community through a collection of data, observation, and shared understanding. The ultimate goal of collecting this data is to use this resource to inform our collective work and help us move in a more impactful manner to serve our communities.
Fractals: A Black Feminist Organizing and Movement-Building Timeline is an interactive resource spanning the 1800s to the current time, that documents the ongoing pulse of Black feminist leaders, action points, cultural moments, key terms, and social movements in the U.S.
Black feminisms explain how systems of oppression and power like white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc. are both interconnected and systemic.
Patriarchal violence as a framework allows us to better understand the dynamic, interconnected system of institutions, practices, policies, culture, beliefs, and behaviors that support and cause violence against women, girls, and gender-expansive people.
Welcome to Black Feminist Future’s Membership. Are you a new or long-time Black feminist leader or activist who wants to defeat misogynoir and advance Black feminisms? Are you looking for a community of Black people who are interested in liberation? If so, our community of Black feminist leaders is the hub for you.