February 3, 2009
In the past weeks, Females United For Action has been on the move. We have been fundraising, discussing important topics, and creating art, things that FUFA loves to do!
Friday, January 23, 2009 was a very exciting day for the young women at FUFA. Lunafest was that day and FUFA got a chance to be apart of the very wonderful movie festival, which include short films by and for women. Alexandra Pates, a FUFA board member and also an active member in the organization, spoke very diligently about the organization, in front of the audience, right before the movies began to start, and right behind her stood the other active FUFA members in solidarity.
FUFA wasn’t just at the Lunafest to make a speech about the organization and watch the movie, they also had a table set up outside in the hallway of the entrance, with information about FUFA, flyers about who they are, and upcoming events that they were going to be hosting. They also set out a bowl FULL of condoms, at which at the end of the night were COMPLETELY GONE. Can’t say youth aren’t supporting safe sex huh? They also sold self-made screen printed t-shirts, that were sold on a scale between ten and twenty dollars. From the t-shirt sale alone, the young women and gender queer youth raised $95 and was able to recruit five people to come to the FUFA Conscious Crafts held that Saturday. FUFA also received 75% of the proceeds from the Luna fest, which came to a total of $1300. In total, in one day alone, FUFA raised $1395Way to go!
FUFA has also been working with Firebelly to create a new page and a new logo. The one that we have now is so played out. Like Barack Obama states…it’s time for a change! So there has been plenty of roundtable discussion of what FUFA really is to us, how we envision it, and what we want to happen to the organization over a course of a few years or so. All of the discussion that has been going on goes into how we want the website to look and to be used for. Marketing is everything. Do we want a page just for recruiting? Do we want a page just to let people know who we are and what we are about? Do we want people to know our updates? How do we want our information to be displayed? What information do we want on the website? All tough questions all had to get answered, and answer them we did. Much discussion went into each of these questions plus more, and the result was very positive. Pretty soon, we should be launching a more modern website that will attract people of all ages.
As if the Lunafest and the building of a new website isn’t enough, FUFA has also been in full blown discussion and art making surrounding The Combahee River Collective Statement. FUFA feels that every aspect of this statement of the Combahee River Collective, directly relates to the FUFA organization as a whole. The thesis around the statement is: “The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking” This is the quote that we feel is the heart of the statement, and also we feel is the heart of the FUFA organization.
Following the discussion, was a day of art, which FUFA calls Conscious Crafts, was dedicated to making art in support of the Combahee River Collective Statement. Various of materials were used and at the end we created a very creative peace of work. On the art work contained a picture of Harriet Tubman, quotes from the Collective Statement, and HELLA ARTWORK!!!
FUFA has been very busy and will continue to be busy so….JUMP ABOARD!!!!!
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