Workshop/Panel Description


The Art of Resistance: The Closing Panel for the Creative Resistance Conference

The purpose of this panel is to invite community members to share how their art and activism interrelate.  We believe artistic self-expression to be an important strategy to further sustain resistance in our communities and to build visions of liberation.


Katrina Pestaño
(bio currently unavailable)

Jason Chen, Musical Artist.
Also known as the MC, “Know Choice”, Jason Chen is an active member in the Seattle hip-hop community. He has opened for notable artists such Gift of Gab, Yak Ballz, and Seattle’s own Blue Scholars.  He recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in both Sociology and American Ethic Studies  along with a minor in Diversity.

Jolie D. Harris, M.Ed
Jolie Harris serves as Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University and Director of Thrive Social Justice Consulting.  She also  likes to stay busy promoting queer and trans community involvement in prison abolition, creating short documentary films, fostering wellness as a social justice practice, and reclaiming and redirecting the queer movement.

Rafaela Luna-Pizano, healer, poet and musician.
Rafaela Luna- Pizano just recently moved back to Seattle from Los Angeles and joined May Tawa Sa Lahat, a queer, Filipino, genderbend band with Rogue Pinay and Christine Guiao.  Ze is hoping to bridge the art of healing bodywork with activism in POC and transgender communities to continue decolonizing our minds, bodies and hearts.

Luzviminda Uzuri Carpenter
Also known as Lulu, is the daughter of working class parents; her mother is a Filipina immigrant that married an African American military man.  Carpenter graduated from Washington State University with her M.A. in American Studies and her B.A. in English.  Her research focused on multiracialism and mixed race identity within the context of American society and culture.  She has worked within various communities and college student organizations to challenge oppression individually and collectively.  Her works include published poetry and cultural identity, anti-oppression and self/community empowerment workshops, curriculums, presentations, and consultations.  Currently, she works two part-time jobs as Hidmo Community Empowerment Project’s Development Director and Franklin High School’s John Stanford’s Public Service Academy’s Community Projects Manager and is devoted to Pinay sa Seattle.  She is known as a bridge connector as she attempts to connect her multiple communities.  Her journey into activism was fueled by her drive to find strategies to empower herself and her communities, in which she identifies.  Carpenter continues to challenge herself to remain open to learning and healing, so that she can use her experiences and struggles as “tools” for the liberation. For Lulu’s full bio click here.


“Snap! Twirl! Drop!: From Tongues United to Beyonce: 20 Years of An Unapologetic Queer Black Male Aesthetic
Facilitated by Gary Perry, Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) board member
This interactive workshop will feature (1) a lively discussion about and (2) a critical deconstruction of the impact that queer Black male aesthetics have played in resisting as well as transgressing hegemonic systems of power.  This aesthetic includes dance, fashion, dialect or phraseology, film, writings, music, body image, and other cultural signifiers of queer Black masculinities.  This workshop will begin with a viewing and in-depth discussion of the 1990 documentary film Tongues United, by the late Marlon Riggs.  Next, participants will move from the film discussion to small-group activities that look at the impact of the queer Black male aesthetic in popular culture over the last 20 years.  This workshop will conclude with a collective discussion about how the queer Black male aesthetic intersects with other social movements (especially Black feminism) and is a means of political resistance and transformative social change.

Can Feminism Be Sexy?
Facilitator by Dr. Julie Harms Cannon
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss sex-positive feminism and to engage in a debate of anti-porn and pro-sex feminist thought.  Dr. Harms Cannon will describe her research on amateur stripping and the difficulties she encountered in the process, relating it both to her identity as a feminist academic and as a mother.  How to initiate sex-positive discussions will be covered, as well as the ways in which the sex-positive paradigm confronts the issue of violence in the community.  These issues will be opened up to the group for discussion.

The Discourse of  Intercourse  IRL (in real life): Silence, Romance, & Taboo
Facilitated by MARA ADELMAN, Ph.D., Dept. of Communication, Seattle University
Because sexual encounters are often “silenced” with partners remaining mute regarding their needs, desires, and discomfort–there is the potential for misunderstanding and even violence. Constraints on language, inadequate conversational scripts, and the nature of erotic arousal are a few challenges facing the sexual encounter. With the advent of Viagra— sex is all about “performance” not “engagement” with another. Major premise of this presentation is that “talk is sex, but talk is more taboo than physical acts.” What makes talk so taboo? What are dominant scripts for sex? Dr. Adelman’s film “Safe-sex Talk” will provide improvised scenes of couples talking about safe-sex prior to a sexual encounter.   This will be an interactive, candid, critical, and engaged session.

Consent Workshop
Facilitator: Break the Silence
The consent workshop is a highly participatory introduction to the concept of radical consent.  Participants will collectively build definitions of consent that can be adapted to fit their own relationships.  The workshop includes free-writes, group discussion, and activities, and has two main objectives: to provide participants with practical skills to implement consent into their lives and to complicate the theory of consent by bringing in specifics of interpersonal power dynamics.

Consent Workshop Facilitator Training
Facilitated by members from Break the Silence
The consent facilitator training is for those who are interested in facilitating their own consent workshops.  This training is for those who have basic knowledge of the concept of radical consent.  Attendance at the earlier consent workshop is recommended but not necessary.  In the workshop, participants will receive a copy of Break the Silence’s new zine with the consent curriculum and planning guidelines.  The discussion will allow participants the opportunity to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes in planning and facilitating a consent workshop.

Defining and Combating Queer Violence
Facilitator: Ethan Boyles, Anthony Heimuli
It’s no secret that members of the LGBTQ or queer community experience intense violence and discrimination in American society. What most people don’t understand is that this violence is part of a much larger system of oppression that is interconnected with other identities, such as race, class, gender, ability, age, etc. We will examine what violence against the queer community is, as well as how to combat it through education, grassroots and social organizations, awareness of history, consciousness raising, dialogue, organized struggle, and other proactive steps. We will explore how we can enact these strategies to strengthen our identities and understandings of solidarity, and put an end to violence within and against the queer community.

Embodying Creative Resistance
Facilitated by Jolie D. Harris, M.Ed.
This workshop will support participants in connecting the dots between their emotional, physical, and intellectual work.  The session will involve high participation and cover multiple themes, including resilience, solidarity, and boundary setting.

100 Years of Feminist Politics and Our Bodies
Facilitated by Pinay Sa Seattle
March 8, 2010 will mark the centennial of the working class women’s struggle for equity and emancipation from imperialism, feudalism and patriarchy.  Since the early 1900’s women have been campaigning for change during a time of great expansion in the booming industrialized world. Millions of women have paved the way for the women’s liberation movement worldwide demanding for better working wages, shorter working hours and voting rights.  Women have fought long and hard to protect their families and communities, but in times of economic hardship and wars of aggression, women are often the most impacted.

Post modern and western feminist ideals often neglect to connect the struggle of women to the overall working class people’s struggle against imperialism, the real enemy of women.  Reducing the women’s liberation movement to gaining individual rights or to a trivialized gender war against the opposite sex only further advances US imperialism and hides the fact that its real definition of equality is no more than the right to be as exploited and oppressed as the next property-less person or being as mere sex objects of male chauvinism.

Women of the Philippines have had a long standing history of fighting for change not only amongst themselves but for the people of the Philippines.  Gabriela Silang, Lorena Barros, Tandang Sora and many others have left behind a legacy militant women fighting for a Philippines free from foreign intervention and exploitation.

This workshop will pay homage to our Filipina heroines as well as the many other women around the world united to advance the revolutionary struggle for women’s liberation.  We will dismantle the common notion that the liberation of women is only achieved among and within the ranks of women, but is in fact necessary to work in alliance with all other oppressed and marginalized sectors of society.  After all, even women can uphold the very same system that oppresses all other working class people.

We will also examine how our bodies as Filipina women is used and abused throughout the course of history.  We will discuss issues ranging from human trafficking, prostitution, rape, labor exploitation and even the idea that the Philippines is often implicated as a female entity to understand the use of the female body within the system of imperialism.

In honor of the centennial of International Women’s Day, we commemorate the historic ties between the women’s movement and the proletarian movement for celebrating women and women’s militant inter-nationalism originated from the working class movement.

** Understand the historical context of the working class women’s liberation movement
** Re-define feminism and feminist politics from an anti-imperialist and working class perspective
** Learn about significant Filipina heroines who have contributed to the advancement the women’s liberation movement in the Philippines
** Dissect the impacts that imperialism, feudalism and patriarchy has on Filipina women’s bodies

more workshop descriptions will be posted shortly.  Please check back for updates…

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