Calling Whatsapp: Our Role in Black Liberation Movements

Radical futures of collectivism, justice, and empathy are more tangible than ever as we see revolutionary fervor manifested through protest across the United States and the world. In solidarity with Black liberation movements and protesters on the streets, we have an obligation to practice community education and foster an intergenerational dialogue within our South Asian communities. We play a role in the histories of racism rooted in capitalism that have manifested in regimes of policing and militarization. It is our duty to struggle towards abolishing police and prisons and reimagining communities of healing, mutual aid, universal healthcare and education, and transformative justice.

Speakers: Sharmin Hossain (Equality Labs), Kazi Fouzia (DRUM), and Hiba Ali. Moderated by Anisa Jackson. 

Equality Labs is a South Asian technology organization dedicated to ending caste apartheid, gender-based violence, Islamophobia, White Supremacy and religious intolerance.

South Asians for Black Lives work to educate South Asians on dismantling anti-Blackness and exploring identity.

Event Organizers: Nafisa Kaptownwala, Sarah Zarina Hakani, Prinita Thevarajah, Ayqa Khan, Aly Panjwani, Isha Dipika Walia, Somnath Bhatt, Anisa Jackson, Amad Ilyas, Ritu Ghiya, Priya Prabhakar, Rohan Churasia, and Harris Chowdhary. Design by Isha Dipika Walia, Amad Ilyas, Rohan Chaurasia, Ritu Ghiya, and Somnath Bhatt.

Event Recording

Broadening Our Vision:

Collective Liberation through Black & Arab Solidarity

Workshop co-created and co-facilitated with Alia Taqieddin. 

The purpose of this workshop is to explore collective liberation through constructions of the “other”. Organized around the central questions, what systems and institutions today make it important to use a multi-issue approach to organizing? How can we consider the similarities and unique distinctions between Orientalism & AntiBlackness as tools to bridge gaps between organizers and imagine a shared future? How do we draw on contemporary examples of Black and Arab solidarity to move beyond theorizing into action-based, collective organizing?

Participants will discuss overlapping struggles against white supremacy and western imperialism, while reframing our conceptions of solidarity away from shared lenses informed by oppression and towards shared lenses informed by liberation.

Workshop facilitated at the University of Washington (Seattle), Eyebeam (Brooklyn), and Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville)

Poster Design: Eli Kahn

Cherríe Moraga, Hatlo, and Anisa Jackson

Native Country of the Heart

At Town Hall Seattle

How do we trace the stories of our parents’ lives alongside that of our own self-discovery? Celebrated author and pioneering queer Latina feminist Cherríe Moraga presents Town Hall audiences with her own intergenerational narrative in Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir, charting a personal coming-of-age alongside her mother’s decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora. She is joined in conversation with queer performance artist and curator Hatlo, as well as Seattle-based artist, writer, and curator Anisa Jackson.

Moraga charts her mother’s journey from an impressionable young girl to a battle-tested matriarch to an old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer’s—while simultaneously tracing her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of her pueblo. Join Moraga, Hatlo, and Jackson for a reckoning with white American history, and Moraga’s piercing love letter from a fearless daughter to the mother she will never lose.

Awaiting Oblivion Book Launch, Zine and Book Fair

Co-curated with Tim Smith-Stewart at Common Area Maintenance in Seattle

Book and zine fair to celebrate the launch of Tim Smith-Stewart and Jeffery Azevedo's new book, Awaiting Oblivion, which the authors describe as "comprised of the text and street art imagery from their performance of the same title which premiered at On the Boards in 2017."

Readings and performances by Alyza-Delpan-Monley, Anisa Jackson, Kristen Kosmas, and Tim Smith-Stewart and a video installation by Mel Carter, with texts for sale by manuel arturo abreu, Alexandre Noble, Cristien Storm, miXed, and more.


Unraveling Memory, Ritual, & Resistance

At Babycastles (New York)

Installation, workshop, and open space with the third cohort of Eyedream residents: Allison Chan, Anisa Jackson, Amber Officer-Narvasa, and Jasmine Nyende.

"(RE)COLLECTION" - Allison Chan & Anisa Jackson
An interactive Installation that explores archive and memory through oral history and somatic practice

"KNITTA PLEASE" - Jasmine Nyende
An installation and video about the process of crocheting, and DIY skill share focused on the Black queer self

"THRU THE FLOOR" -Amber Officer-Narvasa
A hypertext game about gentrification, loss, and the erotics of place

An installation exploring the sounds of ritual + Black ancestral memory

2018 EYEDREAM Residency “Solidarity is Possible but not Inevitable” is a collaboration between BUFU and Eyebeam.

Visualizing Relational Poverty Knowledge 

Panel Chair. Co-organized with Allison Chan, In Partnership with the Relational Poverty Network and the 2016 Seattle Design Festival

Visualizing Relational Poverty Knowledge  is an audience-participatory discussion between activists, artists, and designers to engage economic and racial justice with collaborative design. Through this community dialogue, we will investigate this year’s festival theme ‘Design Change’ by conceptualizing how to make visible the often-invisible systems of power that produce and reinforce structural violence.

Panelists: Sarah Elwood & Victoria Lawson, Satpreet Kahlon, Natasha Marin, and Tim Smith-Stewart