Calendar

Jun
17
Thu
ZERO WEEKS Documentary Screening
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 17 @ 9:30 pm

Join us on June 17, 2021 for our June Virtual Chapter Meeting! We’ll be screening the film Zero Weeks along with our Georgia Coalition for Paid Leave partners.

You can register for this free screening here: https://9to5.org/go/zero-weeks/

Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews with leading policymakers, economists, researchers, and activists, ZERO WEEKS lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective.

This event is being cosponsored by members of the GA Coalition for Paid Leave, including: National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum GA, A Better Balance, YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Amplify GA, Poder Latinx, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of GA, National Domestic Workers Alliance, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, New Georgia Project, Feminist Women’s Heath Center and the GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

https://www.facebook.com/events/520208902344344

Jun
19
Sat
Juneteenth Decatur: A Celebration of Liberated Spaces @ Decatur Square
Jun 19 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm

Join us on Decatur Square on June 19th for City of Decatur’s first-ever Juneteenth celebration and the one-year anniversary of the removal of the confederate monument organized by Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights!

Come hear stories of Liberated Spaces from other Georgia communities. Enjoy art, entertainment, and support black entrepreneurs.

Presented by the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, in conjunction with the City of Decatur.

https://www.facebook.com/events/813246376265387

Jun
24
Thu
Southern Fried Queer Pride 2021 Festival!
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 27 @ 11:00 pm

2020 took us all on a WILD ride – isolation, being away from the collective community, navigating an unknown future. Despite the trials and tribulations, we saddled up and rode into 2021 with hope and drive! And now we have arrived in a better and brighter place!

The Southern Fried Queer Pride 2021 Festival is here, happening June 24th thru June 27th in Atlanta, GA, and celebrating 7 FRIED YEARS of queering Atlanta and the South through the arts and community. Even moreso, it means working to fill the void that was 2020 with events that inspire hope, mutual aid, joy, and so much more!

FULL FESTIVAL LINE-UP:
6/24 RECLAIM! A Gallery Exhibition
6/25 HAWT SAUCE! A Queer Dance Party
6/26 Dirty Work! Mutual Aid Workshops
6/26 SWEET TEA! A Queer Variety Show
6/27 SFQP 2021 Festival Artist Market
6/27 Queer Threads!A Pop-Up Thrift Shop
6/27 Plantluck! A Queer Plant Potluck, Swap, & Sale
6/27 Cinequeer Film Night

Full festival details & individual events can be found at: www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/sfqp2021

All flyers designed by B. Xavier. Find out more on their work here: https://www.instagram.com/bxavierstudios/

BACKGROUND:
Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization empowering Black queer and QTPOC centered communities in the South through the arts.

The SFQP 2021 Festival is a community organized and funded event. All events are free or have a suggested cover. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All profit from the festival pays the artists and organizers, as well as helps fund the CLUTCH Community Center, a Black queer owned community space that we aim to establish by 2022.

You can support this festival and the CLUTCH Community Center by:
RSVP & donate the festival here: http://sfqp.info/sfqp2021
Donate towards CLUTCH here: http://bit.ly/SFQPCC

SAFETY:
Because we are in a pandemic, our festival will take place in socially distanced, outdoor spaces or in limited capacity indoor spaces. MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL EVENTS. Our entertainment based events will also offer online options where the event can be streamed and viewed. Please check out each event for details on the specifics of each event. PPE will also be offered at every event.

ACCESSIBILITY:
As a community organization, we aim to be as accessible as possible. Each event of the festival will have accessibility information listed in the event descriptions and on our website. Certain events require RSVP, which will allow you to request ASL interpretation and other accessibility assistance. All of our events Friday thru Sunday will have quiet rooms, noise cancelling earplugs, moderate to no fast-moving lights, and more to help make this event as accessible as possible. If you have any accessibility request, email us at: contact@southernfriedqueerpride.com

All events for the festival are all ages except for HAWT SAUCE: A Queer Dance Party which is 18+. All other events are all ages, but attendee discretion is advised. Please check out each event for content information, content warnings, and more info.

Any and all questions can be directed to: contact@southernfriedqueerpride.com

Full festival details can be found at www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/sfqp2021

https://www.facebook.com/events/2871881329737689

Movie Night: “9to5: The Story of a Movement”
Jun 24 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 24 @ 9:30 pm

The UCWGA Gender Equity & Legislative Committees in partnership with the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council’s monthly film screening present the documentary “9to5: The Story of a Movement” and a panel discussion with Dr. Dana Caldemeyer, Dr. Michelle Haberland, and Amelia Hayes moderated by Isabel Guzman. Pop yourself some popcorn and join us!

From PBS:
When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was singing about a real movement that started with a group of secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but as seen in 9to5: The Story of a Movement, their fight that inspired a hit would change the American workplace forever.

https://www.facebook.com/events/510817456627298

Jun
26
Sat
Protest to Protect Our Urban Forests
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

– Protest to Protect Our Urban Forests –
Save the Old Atlanta Prison Farm & Intrenchment Creek Park from Imminent Destruction
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WHAT
Join us for a peaceful, nonviolent protest to protect our urban forests at the Old Atlanta Prison Farm site & Intrenchment Creek Park, with a focus on the upcoming Atlanta mayoral race.

WHERE
The north side of Constitution Road on the Old Atlanta Prison Farm land (public property owned by the City of Atlanta), across the road from Blackhall Studios.

WHEN
Saturday, June 26th at 10:00am – 1:00pm

PARKING
Park and meet at the Intrenchment Creek Park parking lot:
3251 Westside Pl SE Atlanta, GA 30316

PROCEDURE
We’ll meet at the parking lot at 10:00am and then walk west along Constitution Road to the protest site across from Blackhall Studios.

SAFETY
• Bring lots of water! It will be hot.
• Protect from the sun. Wear sunscreen! Hats and other coverings are good, too.
• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dress in layers, and be prepared for heat.
• Make sure anything you bring (like signs) is easy to carry or wear.
• If you’re not vaccinated, please wear a mask! Of course you can wear one anyway.
• Maintain a healthy distance from your fellow protesters.

BE NICE
We ask that attendees please remain respectful to others and each other. We ask that attendees please refrain from profanity. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Our protest’s focus is protecting these two irreplaceable sites from destruction and shortsighted development by raising awareness, especially among the Atlanta mayoral candidates in the upcoming election.

Felicia Moore • Sharon Gay • Antonio Brown • Andre Dickens • Kasim Reed

Candidates for the mayoral race: Where do you stand?
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Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta Police Foundation & the Very Bad Idea

We protest the bad idea of Mayor Bottoms and Atlanta Police Foundation to build a police academy on the graves of Black folks who suffered and died on this land. She made the same mistake at the Chattahoochee Brick Company to favor the Buckhead rich guys over the needs of the city.

We protest against the denial of history. The Old Prison Farm is a site of an American Gulag. Hundreds of Black grandfathers died here. The Old Prison Farm was a site of institutional racism. The Old Prison Farm is covered with the blood of Black Americans. (Read Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon.) The prison farms were pure chain gang.

We think building a police country club / military complex is the wrong idea for this place. We are still battling with the awful legacy of racism and the increasing militarization of the police. The time for change is now. We need to change the culture and dark repression in American policing now.

We protest the complete lack of public input on this very bad idea.

Candidates for the mayoral race: Where do you stand?
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Blackhall Studios, DeKalb County & Another Very Bad Idea

We protest the apparent corporate racism and blatant strong-arming of the community by Blackhall Studios. Ryan Millsap, who up until very recently owned Blackhall, is very Republican in his political donations. He also wants to deny the brutal history of Black folks worked to death on the land here. He wants to pave over OUR public park that now stands in the place of what was once part of the Old Prison Farm.

Millsap and Blackhall have zero respect for history of this land. They have proven they don’t respect this community at all.

Blackhall Studios is a bad neighbor.

We protest the CEO and commissioners of DeKalb County who have actively pushed Blackhall’s agenda while steamrolling our community and ignoring our expressed needs and desires.

We protest the resistance to and disregard of public input on this very bad idea.

Candidates for the mayoral race: Where do you stand?
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Our Community & Environment Deserve Far, Far Better

We protest the complete lack of care for our community, our history, our environment, justice, our quality of life, and our future by all of these parties.

We protest their flagrant abuse of power to take advantage of our community and destroy our environment with no concern for the consequences.

Candidates for the mayoral race: Where do you stand?

https://www.facebook.com/events/1193127734445845

A Literary Approach to Intersex Justice: Sean Saifa Wall, I.W. Gregorio, and Sol Santana @ Charis Books and More/Charis Circle
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Charis welcomes Sean Saifa Wall, I.W. Gregorio, and Sol Santana for A Literary Approach to Intersex Justice. In this conversation, the panel will use the power of story to demedicalize intersex bodies by introducing all readers to the reality of intersex lives. Using storytelling and education, Saifa, Ilene, and Sol will lead us in a discussion about the problematic medicalization of intersex bodies. and Ilene’s path to allyship as a medical professional and author. Both Sol and Ilene have written young adult novels with intersex people as main characters and will discuss intersex #ownvoices, while also providing a pathway to allyship for endosex audience members! As an intersex person and activist, Saifa will lead us in a grounding exercise and share his own personal experiences and give a brief education about intersex justice. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis’ virtual event platform.

Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. People are born with these differences or develop them at a young age. Genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy, or chromosomes can develop in many ways. (definition from InterAct Advocates)

Here is an Intersex reading lis: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/intersex

To learn more about the Intersex Justice Project: https://www.intersexjusticeproject.org

Sean Saifa Wall (he/him/his) is a Black queer intersex activist, somatic practitioner, and rising scholar. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Huddersfield as a Marie Skłowdoska-Curie fellow examining the erasure of intersex people from social policy in Ireland and England. Saifa is committed to racial equity and a radical vision of bodily autonomy for intersex folks. As a co-founder of the Intersex Justice Project, a grassroots initiative by intersex people of color, he is determined to end intersex genital surgery in the U.S. When he’s not trying to preserve brain cells for his program, you can find him chilling with his dog, Justice Tigers.

I.W. Gregorio (she/her) is a practicing urologist by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. She is the author of the Schneider Award-winning THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE, which is an Amazon Editor’s Pick, a Cybils Award Finalist, and a NEIBA Windows and Mirrors Book Selection.

After getting her MD, she did her residency at Stanford, where she met the intersex patient who inspired her debut novel, NONE OF THE ABOVE, which is a Lambda Literary Finalist, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and an ALA Rainbow List selection. She is proud to be a board member of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Her essays have been published in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Scientific American, among others. Find her online at www.iwgregorio.com and on Twitter/Instagram at @iwgregorio.

Sol Santana is the author of JUST ASH (Carolrhoda, 10/21). She is pursuing a master’s in early childhood education.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle’s mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

By attending our virtual event you agree to our Code of Conduct: Our event seeks to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), class, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from this event and all future events at the discretion of the organizers. Please report all harassment to info@chariscircle.org immediately.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1263764930686911

Dirty Work! Mutual Aid Workshops
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This past year, the practice of mutual aid bloomed larger into everyday conversation – but what does it look like in action? How can we strengthen our commitment to it? Let’s discuss it all! Join SFQP & moderator Crystal Hardy on Saturday, June 26th from 1PM to 6PM on Zoom as we breakdown mutual aid and understand how it can manifest in the community.

THIS EVENT ONLY TAKES PLACE ONLINE ON ZOOM.
RSVP is needed to attend this event.
You can do so by following this link: sfqp.info/dirtywork21

This event is all ages, however some content will be up for attendee’s discretion.

Accessibility: This event will have ASL interpreters present for those who need them.

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Any and all questions can be directed to: contact@southernfriedqueerpride.com

Full festival details & individual events can be found at www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/sfqp2021

All flyers designed by B. Xavier. Find out more on their work here: https://www.instagram.com/bxavierstudios/

https://www.facebook.com/events/189558589700336

40 Years of AIDS – Reflecting with Horizon Theatre’s Love, M. @ online
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 26 @ 9:30 pm

As we reflect on 40 years of AIDS, Positive Impact Health Centers, Horizon Theatre, and Congregation Bet Haverim Present Horizon Theatre’s Love, M.

A deeply moving story about two mothers and their sons during the AIDS Crisis. The play will be followed by a panel discussion. The play will be followed by a panel discussion with Atlanta HIV providers & advocates. Free event – Register here!

https://www.facebook.com/events/400236894408178

Jun
30
Wed
Understanding Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 10:00 pm

In collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of African-American Studies, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will host Dr. Grace D. Gipson, who will present This Fourth of July is Yours, not Mine? Understanding Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”.

In the shadow of America’s most revered holiday, Independence Day (2020), Dr. Gipson will discuss the historical significance and contemporary relevance of Douglass’ July 5, 1852 speech, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Gipson will use Douglass’ biting oratory as a lens to examine the ongoing structural underpinnings of systemic anti-black violence that continues to thwart freedom for Blacks in the United States. Dr. Grace D. Gipson is an Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

https://www.facebook.com/events/499602511259911

Aug
18
Wed
A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See –Tina Campt in conversation with Ra Malika Imhotep @ Charis Books and More/Charis Circle
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 18 @ 10:30 pm

Charis welcomes Tina Campt in conversation with Ra Malika Imhotep for a celebration of A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See. In A Black Gaze, Tina Campt examines Black contemporary artists who are shifting the very nature of our interactions with the visual through their creation and curation of a distinctively Black gaze. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis’ virtual event platform.

From Deana Lawson’s disarmingly intimate portraits to Arthur Jafa’s videos of the everyday beauty and grit of the Black experience, from Khalil Joseph’s films and Dawoud Bey’s photographs to the embodied and multimedia artistic practice by Okwui Okpakwasili, Simone Leigh, and Luke Willis Thompson–their work requires viewers to do more than simply look; it solicits visceral responses to the visualization of Black precarity.

Campt shows that this new way of seeing shifts viewers from the passive optics of looking at to the active struggle of looking with, through, and alongside the suffering–and joy–of Black life in the present. The artists whose work Campt explores challenge the fundamental disparity that defines the dominant viewing practice: the notion that Blackness is the elsewhere (or nowhere) of whiteness. These artists create images that flow, that resuscitate and revalue the historical and contemporary archive of Black life in radical ways. Writing with rigor and passion, Campt describes the creativity, ingenuity, cunning, and courage that is the modus operandi of a Black gaze.

Tina M. Campt, a Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art, is Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and a Research Associate at the VIAD (Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre) at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe, Listening to Images, and other books.

Ra Malika Imhotep is a Black feminist writer and cultural worker from Atlanta, Ga currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Imhotep’s creative and intellectual work tends to the relationships between Black femininity, Vernacular aesthetics, and the performance of labor. She is the co-author of The Black Feminist Study Theory Atlas.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle’s mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

By attending our virtual event you agree to our Code of Conduct: Our event seeks to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), class, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from this event and all future events at the discretion of the organizers. Please report all harassment to info@chariscircle.org immediately.

https://www.facebook.com/events/606374920288005

Aug
28
Sat
RBG Music Fest: Black August Edition @ Omenala-Griot Afrocentric Museum & Event Center
Aug 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In Honor of Marcus Garvey, Political Prisoners and the Liberation Struggle, Revolutionary Hip Hop Artists represent African truth and Consciousness. Tix $12.50

https://www.facebook.com/events/493661851965469