Detailed Agenda

Friday, March 27

Philly Arts Collective

7:00 - 9:30 pm AfroBeats Dance Party

Join the African National Women's Organization at this social event celebrating our 5 year history, with dancing, contests, food and fun. Featuring: DJ Shango, African Dress Contest

Saturday, March 28

Imhotep Institute Charter High School (Multipurpose Room)

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am - 9:40 am Welcome

On Stage: MC

9:40 am - 10:25 Solidarity Statements and Culture

Solidarity Statements and salutes to the African National Women's Organization from all over the worldOn Stage: Various Speakers, , Edythe Rodriguez

10:25 am - 11:15 am Building Strong African Women for Health & Strength in a new African Society

African women suffer from a wide range of health disparities ranging from reproduction to elder health. This discussion will examine historical and modern-day impact of colonialism as it relates to African women’s health and healthcare. On Stage: Iris Kimbrough, Dr. Aisha Fields, Dr. Michelle Strongfields

11:15 am - 11:55 am The New Black Codes

Black Women and Girls Leading the Struggle Against anti-African policies. From schools to electoral campaigns, what we can win as a stepping stone to true liberation. On Stage: Akile Anai,

11:55 am - 12:40am The World Situation and the place of Africans in it

Imperialism in Crisis and the Ascendancy of the Colonized & Oppressed On Stage: Chairman Omali Yeshitela

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm African Women Must Lead the Charge to Fund & Build our Movement!.

The future of revolutionary movement building is not in the hands of philanthropists or corporate sponsors. It is especially important for African women to own and operate their own movement through membership and giving. This workshop will discuss the fact that an integral part of overturning the Special Oppression of African Women is creating an ability for African women to become economically self-reliant. On Stage: Malika Alexander, Gaida Kambon, Yejide Orunmila

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Karamu and Sokoni (Lunch and Marketplace)

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm Cultural Performance

On Stage: Jasmine Cassell

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm African Internationalism & the Black Women’s Freedom Struggle

African Women’s liberation is tied into the liberation of the colonized and oppressed African masses, from the villages to the cities. A presentation on why African Internationalism - a socialist theory- propels black women’s liberation forward - breaking down oppression, fighting exploitation, achieving freedom through the African revolution. On Stage: Yejide Orunmila

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Mobilizing to Defend Mothers and Protect Children

This panel will discuss what to do if and when the state goes after our children. We will raise up the ongoing state sponsored kidnapping of African children and the criminalization of African mothers through the foster care system. As well as discuss strategies to combat increased targeting of our children in schools. On Stage: Kalambayi Andenet, Lisa Sangoi, Malika Alexander

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Buying Black Power [Workshop]

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm The Role of African Women Intellectuals in the African Revolution

Examining the themes in the reference article and challenging petty bourgeois ideals reminiscent of Dubois’ talented tenth, where acquiring a degree and working in corporate organizations is enough. Dr. Aisha fields, a doctor of Physics will share her own experience in joining the African revolution. On Stage: Dr. Aisha Fields and Betty Davis (invited)

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Overview of African National Women’s Organization (ANWO) & Closing Remarks

ANWO is committed to the destruction of the Special Oppression of African Women and the elevation of African Women to the rightful place as equal partners in the forward motion of the development of human society and leaders, makers and shapers of human history.On Stage: Yejide Orunmila

Sunday, March 29

Imhotep Institute Charter High School (Multipurpose Room)

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am - 9:20 am Welcome Day 2

Summing up what was accomplished on Day 1 and introducing Day 2.

On Stage: Malika Alexander

9:20 am - 10:00 Culture and Raffle Winners Announced

Dynamic dance/song from one of Philadelphia's most prolific artist and we announce the winner of our DeColonaise Basket Raffle which includes DeColonaise Hair and Body products, vacations and other goodies. On Stage: Hada Dioula Longi, Cultural Performer

10:00 am - 10:55 am Black Women and Mass Incarceration

Thousands of African women in the U.S. are tied to the colonial state with African women representing the fastest growing prison population. There are even more African women who connected to the prison system when they support loved ones who are incarcerated. This workshop will provide a 360 view of how U.S. prisons trap black women in its clutches and what we can do to ensure there is revolutionary organizing and support happening to remove these women from isolation. Malika Alexander is a dynamic revolutionary who was first introduced to political life through her support of her formerly incarcerated husband. She will provide her perspective but also lay out ANWO's plan to organize every segment of our population.On Stage: Malika Alexander

10:55 am - 11:35 am Protecting Ourselves and Others, What does security look like in Colony.

African people in this country are considered the enemy. As such, there are various security concerns that we have to address both from within and outside our communities. From state violence to horizontal violence, black women are increasingly experiencing a myriad of contradictions related to safety. Chiwoniso Luzolo will guide us through a workshop that exposes the origins of violence and the role that the African Revolution must play in overturning it. She will provide tips and strategies for how we defend ourselves and stay safe. On Stage: Chiwoniso Luzolo

11:35 am - 12:10 pm Organizational Principles and Structure of the African National Women's Organization

President Yejide will review the African National Women's Organization's structure and guiding principles as it relates to building an organized contingent of bad ass black women. This review will provide an understanding of the inner workings of ANWO: our leadership structure, membership responsibilities and campaign organizing. On Stage: Yejide Orunmila

12:10 pm - 12:30pm African Women Must Lead the Charge to Fund & Build our Movement!

The future of revolutionary movement building is not in the hands of philanthropists or corporate sponsors. It is especially important for African women to own and operate their own movement through membership and giving. This workshop will discuss the fact that an integral part of overturning the Special Oppression of African Women is creating an ability for African women to become economically self-reliant. On Stage: Gaida Kambon, Malika Alexander, Yejide Orunmila

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Karamu and Sokoni (Lunch and Marketplace)

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Rules and Procedures for Resolutions and Constitution

Overview of the process of reviewing the Convention Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments. On Stage: Malika Alexander

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Review and Discussion of the African National Women's Organization Constitutional Amendments

The ANWO Constitution may be amended or revised by a two-thirds majority vote of the qualified delegates attending the Convention Section. Only members and branches may submit proposals for constitutional amendments. Only amendment proposals approved by a two thirds majority of the IEC will be brought to the convention floor.On Stage: Gaida Kambon

2:45 pm - 3:35 pm Review, Discussion and Vote on Convention Resolutions

The Convention provides for the presentation and discussion of proposed policy resolutions on national actions and concerns. Resolutions submitted from the floor of the Convention without review by the International Executive Committee can only come to the floor as emergency resolutions approved by the international President.On Stage: Malika Alexander

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm International Executive Committee (IEC) Elections

A slate of candidates will be brought before the Convention for vote. Candidates must be members of ANWO at the time of vote. They are chosen based on desire and willingness to give their time toward the mission of ANWO. The Convention of the ANWO is the main educational, policy-making, advisory and advocacy body of the membership of the ANWO to the International Executive Committee. The International Convention shall consist of members and delegates (who are also members) of country, state, city branches and local organizing committees who are members. The International Convention is the highest body of ANWO when it is in session. On Stage: Yejide Orunmila

3:55 pm - 4:05 pm Closing Remarks & Closing

4:05 pm - 4:30 pm New Member Huddle (classroom)

New members will gather in a classroom for a short orientation and next steps.