What Time Is It on the
Clock of the World:
Power. Movements. Change.
3 May & 9 May 2023
A Two-Part Conversation
Power is essential. We cannot talk about improving people’s lives, protecting the planet or achieving social change—and certainly not about building and strengthening movements —without talking about power. Simply put, power is about the institutions, structures and beliefs that determine who has privilege, who has access, who sets the rules, whose voice counts, and ultimately, who and what matters and is valued. —We Rise: Movement Building Reimagined
This two-part dialogue saw a lineup of brilliant feminist activist-thinkers share provocative insights about the intertwined threats to bodies, resources, political space – and the planet – in today’s world and delve deeper into the implications for movements and movement strategy moving forward.
Our dialogue title was inspired by Black power organizers and philosophers Grace Lee Boggs and Jimmy Boggs who visualized “3,000 years of human history on a 12 hour clock where every minute represents 50 years. They advocated for ‘visionary organizing’ rooted in re-imagining not only structures and institutions, but also ourselves and our relationships.”
Watch & Listen
We strive to resist and challenge coercive power over by building and mobilizing transformative power. This is not a simple or linear process but, over time, we can collectively build power to make change happen.
Making Change Happen: Power examines the complexities and opportunities for understanding, constructing and transforming power. It looks at concepts and current dilemmas for social justice activists & groups. Building on these concepts and analysis, a second companion piece will focus on empowerment and action strategies for movement building.
A riddle: What is more powerful than power?
As the oceans boil, and the hurricanes beat violently against our shores, and the air sweats with the heat of impending doom, and our fists protest the denial of who and what we are, there is a path to take that has nothing to do with victory or defeat: a place we do not yet know the coordinates to; a question we do not yet know how to ask. There are things we must do, sayings we must say, thoughts we must think, that look nothing like the images of success that have so thoroughly possessed our visions of liberation and justice.
Building a racially just world will require all of us. At the Worldworking Beyond SOAS Conference (July 13 and 14th), JASS joins academics, students, creatives, thinkers, and social justice movements to imagine and construct racial justice strategies for a more liberated world.
“We must understand the historical span and longevity of conservative movements”. Interview with Sonia Correa. Sur, International Journal on Human Rights. No 32.
Introduction: feminist protests and politics in a world in crisis, Sohela Nazneen & Awino Okech
The Climate Burnout Report, by Climate Critical Earth
Sexuality Policy Watch resources on anti-gender politics in LA
“Introduction: TERFs, Gender-Critical Movements, and Postfascist Feminisms”, Serena Bassi and Greta Lafleur
“In a time not so far away”, Agazit Abate. Edited by NAWI Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective (2021).
Weaving our fabric – a pan african feminist framing of public services to be read alongside the following 2 pieces:
Prayers for a Cruel Blessed world – a curation of snippets of African women’s resistance