In April we held our first cross-network event in New York City and it was simply phenomenal. Over 40 women of color spent the day together thanks to Progressive Communicators Network (PCN) and Standing in Our Power (SiOP), who joined forces to organize Women of Color Be the Media. Here are a just two quotes from the evaluations we received to give you a sense of how the day went:
“This was an uplifting, inspiring, motivating day. I made a lot of great connections, got access to a lot of great information and resources and felt like I joined a community.”
“Our stories are important and must be shared.”
As our progressive movement gets increasingly savvy with communications, we’ve seen that there is still a need to reach out to and support established organizers who are transforming themselves into communicators. There is something special at PCN that has helped us to develop progressive communicators who have gone on to become leaders in the field. Working with the SiOP constituency, we focused on a population whose voice is the most marginalized in society. Standing at the intersection of multiple oppressions, women of color leaders are not always supported to share their authentic stories, which hold immense power to transform perceptions and policies.
Beyond providing essential training and fundamental tools, our day-long event has begun building a community of practice here in New York. We also challenged participants to reflect on their self-limiting beliefs that so often make them “play small” or remain silent, and to step up and speak their truth using cutting edge communications strategies, social media and more.
Check out this short video from the WOC Be the Media for more: