Many Voices, One Movement: What do you have to say?
I’m beyond excited about this year’s National Sexual Assault Conference. Happening August 20-22 in Pittsburgh, PA, it promises so many amazing opportunities to learn, grow and connect. Don’t worry, there’s still a teeny bit of time to register. Get on that if you can. If that’s just not an option, there are still ways to make your voice a part of the space.
Keeping with this year’s theme, Many Voices, One Movement, we’re hoping that as many people as possible from all walks of life and parts of the movement to end sexual violence will tell us two things:
- What brought you to this work?
- What do you want to the movement to know?
It’s really pretty simple. Everyone has a story to tell. Your opinions and ideas matter. This is a way to help shape the scope and direction of our work to end sexual violence. We’re collecting video submissions through YouTube to help build a video montage that will be featured at the conference. It will also live on, informing our work and documenting our history. How feminist. How cool!
You can check out some examples that our brave staff members were willing to film through the NSAC playlist on the NSVRC Channel. Yours truly talks about the blend of feminist theory with praxis and the crisis of a generational divide in our work. Long time movement member Joyce explains how she’s been able to sustain her work to end violence for well over 20 years.
Maybe the most exciting thing about it is that we had our first submission already! One of the keynote speakers for the conference posted her own video talking about youth activism to sustain the movement. Submit your videos by emailing the youtube link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send your answers to the questions above in writing or another artform if video isn’t for you. You can also leave a comment here describing what you want us to know.