Happy Summer, all!
As many of you know, we are changing our name because using the term “woke” is appropriative. Because appropriation is a symptom of White supremacy, we knew it would be an act of privilege to keep the name. Within leadership, we value intersectionality and creating an inclusive public resource that encourages awareness and supports action. We strive to support the voices and needs of all marginalized groups. To do this, we needed to check our own privilege. We are humbled to admit this error and move forward with choosing a name that truly reflects our mission.
As we undergo this transition, we want to be clear about our long-term goals. This group was originally intended to be a feminist book club with a commitment to action, and we hope to carry that intention through an online hub and small-group meet-ups. We want our website to include a resource library of critical media, an online discussion forum, and materials for facilitating your own small-group huddles. At our huddles, we will continue to both self-reflect and stay informed while supporting one another to engage in strategic activism.
Because of the busy summer season, we are ready to step back a bit from facilitating regular meetings until we have transitioned to our new name. We have identified two options for you to choose that could both identify and empower our group. “Arose Network” is meant to convey an uprising of action through the symbol of a rose–overlapping petals to represent the intersecting identities of our feminism. “The Resistance Review” is meant to capture the how we read/watch/listen to critical media and build understanding collaboratively, which leads to action.
Please vote for your favorite name that will identify our group’s mission (stay informed, get organized, take action): https://docs.google.com/forms/