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I'm Lena Chen, a writer, activist, and media producer who's been called a "skank" (by Bill O'Reilly) and "a small Asian woman" (by The New York Times). My favorite part of my workday is the hate mail.

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Coming up this Monday in New York … come out for the panel after work and check out the after-party! I’ll be in the city from Sunday until early Tuesday.

Ain’t I A Woman: Women of Color Speak On Activism
Featuring Latoya Peterson, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Lori Adelman, Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Jessie Daniels, PhD, & Anna Holmes with moderators Jamia Wilson, Amanda Marcotte, and Lena Chen, and music by DJ Lobotomy Copter

Monday, April 11, 2011
Mixer 6PM | Panel 7-9PM | Party 9-12AM (RSVP on Facebook)
Galapagos Art Space at 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY
$10 Suggested Donation | Event Hashtag: #AIAW

Long after Sojourner Truth pondered the question - “Aint I A Woman?” we continue to face a white supremacist culture that undermines women of color, young women, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. We’re convening this panel to ignite a discourse about the experiences of women of color in the feminist movement and beyond. On this night, six outstanding feminists and activists will go head-to-head to discuss race in the feminist movement today.

We know that the movements to eradicate racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and sexism are inextricably connected. We reject the silencing and subjugation of women of color and aim to create a safe and courageous space to raise our voices, confront tensions, celebrate our triumphs, create collective solutions and share our stories. Through this sharing, we can create a united front so that, instead of surviving through silence, there can be a dialogue on how to battle institutionalized oppression.

Speaking our truth is crucial to our survival. By gathering together and learning from our shared and individual tales of love and struggle, we will each emerge with new perspectives that will enable us to engender the change we envision for the world. In the words of bell hooks, “There can be no feminist revolution without an end to racism, classism, ageism…”