Fourth Annual Southern Girls Convention
July 19 - 21, 2002
Please visit the new website, and learn more about this exciting upcoming
WHAT IS THE SOUTHERN GIRLS CONVENTION?
The Southern Girls Convention is an annual grassroots meeting of social
justice activists devoted to empowering women and girls in the South, and
discussing Southern culture, views and stereotypes of the South, and the
struggle for social justice. Each year's convention is hosted by a different
Southern community and facilitated by local organizers. Past conventions were
held in Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, and Auburn, Alabama. Last
year's convention in Auburn drew over 500 participants from all over the
South and beyond.
This year's SGC invites activists from across the country to meet in ATHENS,
GEORGIA on the weekend of July 19-21. Hundreds of activists will meet for a
weekend of discussion, action, and entertainment devoted to building
pro-woman community in the South.
WHAT CAN I DO THERE?
Southern Girls Convention is based around discussions, workshops, and
presentations which give participants the opportunity to share skills, share
ideas, discuss important issues, organize campaigns, and have fun as a
community. All workshops are organized and facilitated by the participants
themselves. Other events will include an "un-shop" swap meet, Southern
women's art show, nightly music shows, tables for participants and
organizations to display information, zines, art, and things they have made.
SGC also allows hundreds of activists from across the country to meet,
network, strategize, and organize in their efforts on behalf of
social justice. Feel free to bring video projects, zines, writing, and
anything you are interested in sharing to the convention.
Past workshops have included:
+ Group discussions on fatphobia, abortion rights and access, radical
parenting, "100 Years of Revolutionary Wimmin," the criminalization of women,
"Queer and Trans Youth in the South," gender bias in schools, sexism in the
activist community, "Marginalization and Tokenization within the Grrrl
Movement," peer education for men and ending violence against women, and
"Radical, Southern, and All Fired Up--Where Do We Go From Here?"
+ Skill-sharing on radical cheerleading, community access television, gun
safety and self-defense, workplace union organizing, screen printing,
sexercises, Internet organizing, and start a consciousness-raising group.
+ Organizing meetings for campaigns from Amnesty International, the Coalition
of Immokalee Workers, and Planned Parenthood, and state-by-state caucuses for
people to meet fellow organizers in their own area.
CAN BOYS ATTEND THE CONVENTION? TRANSGENDER PEOPLE? YOUNGER ACTIVISTS? OLDER
Yes, EVERYONE is welcome!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
E-mail: SGC2002 Organizers firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Thank you and hope to see you there!
Southern Girls Convention 2002 Organizers