Broadening Our Vision: Collective Liberation through Black & Arab Solidarity

Organized by Anisa Jackson and Alia Taqieddin, with an introduction by Eyebeam Alum, Morehshin Allahyari. 


199 Cook Street, Brooklyn NY 

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The purpose of this workshop is to explore collective liberation through constructions of the “other”. Organized around the central questions, what systems and institutions today make it important to use a multi-issue approach to organizing? How can we consider the similarities and unique distinctions between Orientalism & AntiBlackness as tools to bridge gaps between organizers and imagine a shared future? How do we draw on contemporary examples of Black and Arab solidarity to move beyond theorizing into action-based, collective organizing?

Participants will discuss overlapping struggles against white supremacy and western imperialism, while reframing our conceptions of solidarity away from shared lenses informed by oppression and towards shared lenses informed by liberation.

Alia Taqieddin is a Seattle-based DJ, writer, organizer of mixed Arab and Western European descent. Alia’s practice builds a critical conciousness around abolition, drawing from international Women of Color feminist thought, as well as the stories and imaginations of her family in historic and contemporary Bilad al Sham. Her work has appeared as performance art, written work and audio.

Alia currently organizes with SASWANA-Seattle, a collective centering decolonial queer and trans South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African narratives in the Pacific Northwest.
She graduated in 2018 from Western Washington University with degrees in Community Health and Critical Arab Diaspora Studies.

Anisa Jackson is an artist, writer, and organizer of South Asian and Afro-Caribbean descent. With a background in geography, Anisa’s research-based practice draws on care ethics and black feminist thought. Their work has appeared as installation, moving image, and as print and digital text.

Anisa graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 where their research explored relational poverty knowledge and geographies of embodiments. They are a doctoral student in NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.