In everything we do, we believe in challenging social and economic injustice in our community. We do this through programs, projects and initiatives. The passion grew out of meetings/workshops/seminars/one-on-one sessions where the needs of Black women and their communities would and could be expressed and actions taken, personally and collectively to make progress in empowering ourselves to take actions towards the injustices that plague our community.
This initiative, Kitchen Table Talks, is formed because we believe that we need to gain from the knowledge and strategies of women who were engaged in organizing social justice movements in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in order to help us increase strategies/ for the fights of today. We do this by having Kitchen Table talks with women of color who participated in the Movement. be it Civil Rights, the rights of Women, or the rights of the LGBT community. (Kitchen Table talks come from an African American tradition of people sitting around the kitchen table sharing important and often life-saving information in a manner that everyone at the table could understand and act upon.) These Kitchen Table talks will consist of women who did what was necessary to fight for our rights in decades past. In our conversations with some of the sheroes of past decades, we were told that while they are not able to be on the front lines today, they have much to offer African American women who want to fight, but do not know what to do, as well as newly self-defined activist and organizers. Invited to join these women at the Kitchen Table, are those women who recognize the wealth of information to be gained.
The discussion will center around three questions that once put out as topics that the answers will identify movement toward strategies to carry forward today:
- what worked back then and how can we use what worked then in today’s fight?
- what did not work then and can we improve upon it now?
- what vehicles can we use to combine the various components gained from items a. and b. listed above?