Programs & Collectives

The Afrikatown Community Center, Qilombo, is committed to revitalizing our communities through providing programs that improve health, creativity, knowledge-sharing and self-worth!

Mo’Mammas Collective!

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Among our many projects for community empowerment, Qilombo is hosting the Mo’Mammas Rise Collective and Children’s Center. Mo’Mammas provides true power to parents to have a safe, nurturing place for their children. We give mothers and parents more time and opportunity to engage and invest in their community! With the understanding that it takes a village to raise a child, our center is one that provides children the space to grow, limitlessly create and imagine, and flourish in a community of leaders.

Mo’Mammas grew out of the love and labor of women of color activists wanting to support our neighboring communities, one that struggles with poverty and lack of access to the resources that promote healthy, active childhoods. Help us build stronger communities and relationships through a monetary and/or toy donation!

We would greatly appreciate your contribution to our work and we are able to take drop-offs and occasionally make pickups!

 

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Women Are the Water of the Revolution!!!

Creative Collective’s Sister Cypher, our upcoming Womb Wellness Workshop and more…

It is often said at Qilombo and in Afrikatown that women are the water of the revolution! Half of our core members are women, and we consistently host events and programs that center the lives, needs and experiences of women of color! Every other Friday the Women’s Creative Collective hosts a Sister Cypher, an open mic that highlights the voices of radical female MCs.

Last spring we hosted a series of workshops on Childbirth Wisdom and Family Wellness, which centered Afrikan and Indigenous birthing traditions and natural wellness practices. The class was framed through a critique of the capitalist health care system and its reproduction of heteropatriarchy and white supremacy. This spring we will be hosting a womb healing class, which will teach alternative healing practices for people of color with wombs.

We have also hosted a Decolonizing Feminism study group, in which women of color worked to develop a critique of patriarchy in the context of decolonial struggle, and to develop strategies for decolonial feminist praxis. Sister’s Self Defense and Fitness Class, a women’s martial arts and self defense group has also met regularly in the space.

We work closely with the African Women’s Charity Organization, an organization of Afrikan elders who have helped teach us the importance of women’s leadership in revolution.  Volunteers at Qilombo support a woman’s right to chose, while also recognizing the complex ways that racism and white supremacy have shaped the national debate around abortion and reproductive rights. The right to choose does not only mean the right to abort but also the right to give birth, and to raise healthy children. Many women of color in this country have had that right stripped from them by forced sterilization, a practice that the prison industrial complex and state welfare bureaucracies have forced on many poor women of color. All women have the right to choose when, where and how they want to give birth, and to have safe, accessible health care options for themselves and their children!

 

Decolonization

At Qilombo we seek to highlight the intersections of colonization, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy. In the fall we will be partnering with a creative writing fellow at Mills College to host a Decolonial Creative Writing workshop series and WARRIORS Collective (Writers, Artists, & Revolutionaries Resisting in our Re-remembered Selves). It will focus on revitalizing ancestral memory and knowledge through storytelling. This ceremonial-styled workshop will make the stories of what happened to our Elders, grandparents, great grandparents and ancestors relevant and vital to our ongoing resistance.

The workshop series emphasizes: 1) reconnecting to our respective homelands and the ancestral languages connected to these lands 2) using writing exercises to imagine and create ancestral and contemporary stories about the ways Eurocentric ideals and colonization have disrupted our connection to one another and the land 3) finding creative avenues to reclaim our respective peoples’ sense of time and space, gender and sexuality, language and landscape, spirits and spirituality, nourishment and war, and sense of self. 

Living in An Apocalypse of Ancestral Land is a class facilitated by a Qilombo volunteer about Indigenous history, resistance and knowledges!