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Welcome to W.O.K.E.

W.O.K.E.-Women of Kolour Empowered

W.O.K.E. was featured in O Magazine (The Oprah Magazine) in June 2019's edtion in print and in digital.

Here's the link: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a27457515/these-women-changed-their-perspectives-to-become-woke/

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I can not stress this is enough--This group is for Women of Color Only! What identifes as such-Black, Native, Asian, and LatinX. If you indentify as such, this group is for you! MEN will be BANNED and REMOVED!

"People of color need their own spaces...We need places in which we can gather and be free from the mainstream stereotypes and marginalization that permeate every other societal space we occupy. We need spaces where we can be our authentic selves without white people’s judgment and insecurity muzzling that expression. We need spaces where we can simply be—where we can get off the treadmill of making white people comfortable and finally realize just how tired we are.- Kelsey Blackwell

“There are many, many different kinds of intersectional exclusions ― not just black women, but other women of color,” Crenshaw said. “Not just people of color, but people with disabilities. Immigrants. LGBTQ people. Indigenous people.”-Kimberle' Williams Crenshaw

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I remember as a kid how my mother and my “Aunts” (I put this in quotes because they are not blood related) will gather around the living room and just chat about their kids, church, work, men, and so on. As a kid, I just looked at it as my mom and her friends were just hanging out and just talking. Ask I grow into my own person as a woman, a black woman; I realize that these talks they had were so crucial to their overall being. They were consistent on meeting with each other, every week. What Angela Davis beautifully described is that women of colour carry on so many hidden layers and burdens on their shoulders. And because of that, we sometimes don’t have the privilege to lay it on for someone to hear or take away. W.O.K.E (Women of Kolour Empowered) is a group for women of colour to meet in a safe place to talk about a range of topics together. We will cover relationships, racism, sexism, work-related stress, sexuality, intersectionality, career, mental health, network, current events, pop culture, strengthening current relationships, and forming new ones. Please join us while we create a network that can possibly create a safety net for all.

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“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

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"Sick and Tired" Zoom Event by the National Association of Black Social Workers

Hey Guys and Happy Friday :) I know with recent events and going through a global pandemic, the world feels hopeless. I'm not going to lie, a sista has been feeling an array of emotions. Our black bodies are being brutalized and constantly being on display for viewing pleasure. The lack of empathy of black lives has got me saying, "Here we go again, nothing is going to change." The best way I can cope with healthily is to talk about it. This Zoom event is being facilitated by the National Association of Black Social Workers. When movements like this arise, my focus is on women. In this event, they do mention black women who have been killed by the police. My disappointment in the media and our community is that we don't mobilize injustices when it comes to women of colour. I want you all to remember that we as women of colour are also targeted by the police force, but also by the very men we march and defend. According to Center of Disease Control (CDC), "While homicide is a leading cause of death for all women under 44, the CDC found non-Hispanic black women are “disproportionately affected” when compared to other racial groups in the United States. The homicide rate for black women and Native American women was twice that of Asian, Hispanic, and white women." Domestic violence and police brutality are interrelated in our community. Black and Native men have the highest rate of deadly interactions with the police. When we are constantly feeling the threat of systematic racism and violence, it's not far fetched that the same frustration being experienced is taken out on Black and Native women. A video that captures that same sentiment is by Porsha Olayiwola- "Rekia Boyd." Link: https://youtu.be/MNP7H6TxO7s National Association of Black Social Workers is holding a Zoom event about "Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired." __________________ Description: Symposium addressing the plight and struggles of being Black in America. In remembrance of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Korryn Gaines, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and so many others who’s lives that have been taken senselessly; by those who are supposed to protect and serve. You may begin your placement into the Zoom meeting 10 minutes before the meeting and will be placed into the waiting room. However, the meeting will not begin until 1:00 pm. Zoom Regiratrion Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvfumqpz0oGtCuXllxEPNSW-ov4qFsFjnD?fbclid=IwAR1cM401hgCyeW0EHChqdMzn5536xOeMu7U0h2ytarHAKLXAftcsFEJu7QQ Hopefully, you can attend and channel that frustration, disappointment, anger, apathy into some type of support and healing. Please be safe, and tell someone you love them today :) Best, Amy Afua, LCSW

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