Final (Un)Conference Photo Essay and Group Project

Group 16:

Andre- Photo Editor

Lindsey – Live Blogger

Khayla – Photographer

Susie- Quality Editor

Tow – Category Editor, Meta Editor

Missy- Interviewer

Selected metadata and tagged photos (6):

 

Photographer: Khayla Rooks

Summary and Explanation of photo choices:

These photos perfectly capture the culture of inclusion and learning fostered by the WWR (Un)Conference. Intimate, personal conversations took place here, as depicted in photos 2, 4, 5, 6; cross-cultural emotional support was provided here, as shown in the round-table setup in picture 5; and people learned of different cultures and struggles (both abroad and within the Seattle community), as depicted in pictures 1, 2, 4, 5. Black Mama, a figure depicted in two of the photos selected, serves as an important figure both in our class and in the broader social movement our class addresses. Women like her are leaders in the movement for change. This movement is about equality, not supremacy. This conference focuses on the need to men respect women, for women to recognize their power and utilize it to further the status of other women in their communities, and the need to end the unwanted sexualization and stereotyping of women around the globe.

Categories of photos:

1.) “The Altar”

Making Scenes

2.) Ixtlixochitl Salinas-Whitehawk discussion photo

Building Communities

3.) Ana Gabriela Cano (“Black Mama”) close-up 

Reel Rebels, Making Scenes, Write to Rock (professor in the photo)

4.) Kibibi Monie discussing with students

Building Communities

5.)  big round-table photo

Making Scenes, Reel Rebels

6.) Kibibi Monie, Ana Gabriela Cano, Julie C. discussion

Making Scenes, Reel Rebels

Explanation for categories:

1) The Altar photo demonstrates the work of the performers and people who work behind the scenes to make a difference in the world. These powerful women are working for change in their own way. The photos captured change the perspectives of the viewers and make people want to fight for these social-justice movements.

2) The photo of Ixtlixochitl Salinas-Whitehawk talking to another individual shows the intimate conversations between one another about the social justices we have discussed in class. By teaching others about her culture, beliefs, and the struggle she faces; she builds community to amplify the social justice platform.

3) The photo of Black Mama falls under a few different categories because of how influential she is. Black Mama is a feminist archivist who is a significant and powerful figure. She fights for justice for women and is the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. She shows her passion and fight in the music she performs.

4) This picture of Kibibi Monie and another woman discussing material from the conference exemplifies “Building Communities” through an inclusivity fostered by shared music and the archive – factors that directly contribute to broadening the scope of the social justice movements we’ve discussed in class.

5) This photo includes people who “[make] scenes” and act as “Reel Rebels,” including artists who perform for social justice movements (gender and racial equality movements), people of the Seattle community that work “behind the scenes” to further these movements, and our professors who maintain an archive promoting equality.

6) Black Mama is a musician that creates a music scene; through her music, she creates a platform for discussion around racial and gender equality. Other women in the picture also serve as feminist archivistas (“Reel Rebels”), including our professors and students who helped contribute to documenting the movement.

Live Blog Posts:

https://womenwhorockcommunity.org/2018/03/10/wwr-group-16-live-blog-lindsey/

https://womenwhorockcommunity.org/2018/03/10/wwr-group-16-blog-post-2-lindsey/

Interviews:

Interviewer: Missy Peterson

1) What does this (Un)Conference mean to you?

2) What is most significant to you about the day?

Cynthia

1) Actually, I had no attachment to the conference. I just noticed it was going on and came to see what it was about. I wish I knew more of the background information so I knew what was happening. I would have planned my day differently so I could hear what everyone had to say about the different social justices going on and how they affect each individual. This event seems pretty cool and eye-opening.

2) I believe that women getting together to speak truth to power is significant. Most females won’t speak for themselves. Seeing such strong figures today made me realize the fight and passion that lives in them; it makes me see the desire they have for change in their communities.

Jessica

1) I found this conference to be extremely important because it discusses the problems with social justice, whether it be race or gender.  I didn’t really notice the way women were treated and the gender problems women face in different countries was as big of a issue as it is until attending the conference today. People need to realize that it is important for women to take up space. Women play a significant role in society everyday. The social justices women face today need to be resolved and differences need to be made. These powerful women opened my eyes today and changed my perspective on the situations at hand.

2) Today, I really got to see the fire behind each women. I got a chance to see what each of the represent. They have a voice and chops to use it to promote awareness to each of the social injustices that they are facing. All of the women that I saw speak today have educated me to be better and helped me understand that I can make a difference too.

What we learned from the (Un)Conference and from working as a group:

Throughout the quarter, group work was extremely important to understanding the complex ideas presented in sometimes dense academic articles. Without discussion, these articles would have remained largely a mystery to us. Yet, by compiling each of our takes on the articles, we came to a greater understanding of the messages portrayed and how they were applicable to our personal lives. Additionally, by working on the group website together, we came to a better understanding of contributions to a sort of online archive – something similar, in a sense, to the collaborative archive created by our professors.

The (Un)Conference was eye-opening in many ways. Everything we talked about in class seemed so broadly applicable, but when we came to the conference and heard directly from people in the Seattle community like Kibibi Monie, problems close to home began to feel a lot more real. Discussing the feelings of exclusion people feel even within the relatively inclusive haven of Seattle surprised us in many ways – it feels like we are leaps and bounds above the struggles women and minority communities have faced in the past; sometimes it’s hard to face the reality of how far we have left to go. This conference was one of those times where, when you begin to sit down and discuss things, you feel as if you had been living blindfolded in your own community. Sometimes ignorance is too comfortable; this conference helped bring things to light.

 

 

 

 

Checking in…

I am the quality editor so I just want to make sure that everyone is on track! Let me know if you have questions and I can try to help. The sooner we post everything, the sooner I can put it all together and turn it in. Also, are we all trying to meet on Thursday at 10:30? That’s what the document says and I’m just trying to figure it out. Let me know

Blog post #4

 

The first article I read was “Mia Zapata.” What I found interesting about this article was how music can help so much with grief. Whem Mia was found dead many of her friends, and fan were “pouring out with grief.” Not only was her death tragic, but it was scary and unsettling. It took alost 10 years to find the murderer. Through this grief, members of the band created “a self-defense group called Home Alive, which disbanded in 2010.  Home Alive has organized benefit concerts and CDs with the participation of many of Seattle’s music elite, such as Nirvana (one of Kurt Cobain’s final public appearances), Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Heart, and the Presidents of the United States of America.” Her band, The Gits, also came out with a new album. I think this goes to show that when people are going through a hard time, they often go to music to help them. This is very powerful and possibly life saving. For this I chose the song Wish You Were Here by NEck Deep. I chose this song becausse it is about a member of the bands friend dying and him missing his friend. I have used this song to gete over grief in my life.

The second article I read was, The Gits’ Mia Zapata Resurrected In Film. What stood out to me in this piece was how important it is to share history. Personally, I had never heard of Mia Zapata before this class. I have lived around Seattle my whole life and never once heard about this. It is so important that a film was made about this. Her death was the start of a lot of the grunge scene in Seattle. This documentry shows a little bit about this event and the band The Gits. Thankfully, people get to learn about this now. Even though her death was a long time ago, “thanks in no small part to this documentary, it seems that the legacy of Mia Zapata and the Gits will indeed live on.” I think that is extramely inspiring and crucial for people to learn about the history of music. For this article I chose the song, Insecurities, by The Gits. I chose this song to honor Mia Zapata. I had never heard of this tragedy and after learning this I decided to listen to The Gits first album, Frnching The Bully. My favorite song was Insecurities. Viva Zapata.

Critical Karaoke Susie

Where Is The Love? Black Eyed Peas. 4 Minutes long

Whats wrong with the world they ask

So i’ve been thinking, and i made it my main task

To determine why we can’t put down the flask

Just to be people, and remove our silly masks

 

All I see is violence and hate crimes

Cause we can’t agree on basic human rights

And all we can do is kill and fight kill and fight

Even though it means lives being sacrificed

 

But if we fight, we can’t keep our minds straight

And if we fight, then we only demonstrate hate

If we hate then there is no way to be great

And our consequence is our sick fate

 

I mean this is what we are headed towards

Screaming kids and ten locks on the front door

The solution is not to ignore

But to show how we can restore

Sing it for the tenth floor

 

People killin’, people dyin’

Children hurt and you hear them cryin’

Can you practice what you preach

Or would you turn the other cheek?

 

Father, Father, Father help us

Send some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’

 

Where is the love? (love)

Where is the love? (the love)

Where is the love? (the love)

Where is the love, the love, the love?

 

It really isn’t fair, why don’t we care

Everybody’s scared, hoping for thoughts and prayers

We have the constitution at least

But we’re still finding black folks deceased

 

White pay increased

Mass murdering killing the minds of the innocent

President Trump boring us with his arrogance

So lets figure out what can we do?

 

Cause if don’t figure it out we’ll all be doomed

In this world full of egotism

Building walls of terrorism

Giving guns to children, who really shouldn’t be using them

 

Disrespecting each other, not protecting one another

There is death all around everyone is taking cover

The solution is simple everybody’s got a job

We all work together to respect listen and love

 

Where’s the love, y’all, come on (I don’t know)

Where’s the truth, y’all, come on (I don’t know)

Where’s the love, y’all (come on yeah)

 

People killin’, people dyin’

Children hurt and you hear them cryin’

Can you practice what you preach

Or would you turn the other cheek?

 

Father, Father, Father help us

Send us some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’

Where is the love? (love)

 

Where is the love? (the love)

Where is the love? (the love)

Where is the love, the love, the love?

 

This job is important just like we discussed

No more hate no more crime love for all of us

We have to stop fighting for our silly nation

Selfishness plagues us, no more separation

 

Bullets and bombs making everyone fear their lives

Guns killing people more than the cars we drive

What happened to loyalty, people cheating on their wives

We thought we were better, lets meet the goal that we strive

 

To meet.

 

Yo, whatever happened to the values of humanity?

These are the words that we heard from the Black Eyed Peas

Instead in spreading love we’re spreading animosity

Listen to this song and we will figure out love and peace

 

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down

There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under

Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found (now ask yourself)

 

People killin’, people dyin’

Children hurt and you hear them cryin’

Can you practice what you preach

Or would you turn the other cheek?

 

Father, Father, Father help us

Send us some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’

Where is the love? (love)

 

Where is the love? (the love)

Where is the love? (the love)

Where is the love, the love, the love?