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Re-Creating the Female-Centered World! Fighting Female Erasure!
Join XX Amazons for festivities and strategizing at this political, cultural, educational, spiritual, female-bonding event. We will be re-creating the female-centered world and fighting female erasure. The Uprising will be a celebration of our female and lesbian lives and culture. This event is for women-born-women who actively support women-only space.
Friday, October 11 through Monday, October 14, 2019
In Northwest Arkansas
About the Event
This event will be both festive and serious. As patriarchy escalates its assaults on women and lesbians, we need to gather and plan our resistance. To this end, we will have community meetings and workshops where we strategize and organize to end female erasure. We must end the assaults on womxxn-only spaces. Equally important is our second track of workshops and festivities focusing on recreating the female-centered world. (This could include, for example, workshops on goddess spiritualities; building multi-racial, multi-ethnic lesbian culture; nature awareness; female-centered indigenous cultures; women’s land; anti-racism; matriarchal cultures of the past; or whatever else is of interest to you.) At the Uprising you will find workshops, singing, drumming, strategizing, organizing, good food and plenty of powerful women and lesbian energy.
The Uprising will be created by the women who come. There will be a place on the registration form for your workshop proposals and ideas for festivities and entertainment. We encourage workshops exploring the trans-industry (counseling, pharmaceutical, medical) and its possible focus on people (and particularly women and children) of color and the global south. We depend on your help in many other ways, including set up, security, food prep and cleanup. We hope that women will want to join together to plan a full moon celebration for Sunday night.
The XX Amazons’ Uprising is open to women-born-women of all races, cultures, ethnicities and ages. We welcome female detransitioners.
Two of the women from XX Amazons, Paula and Jeanne, are organizing this year’s Uprising. See their bios here. Susan was one of the organizers last year, but this year she is acting as a consultant. Many more women, including the Lesbians and Feminists Rise Up group and many participants from the 2018 Uprising, are working with us on the 2019 Uprising.
Women of Color Circle
Dear sisters: I’m a Latina Lesbian and mother of a young butch Indigena and I want to share of the amazing sisterhood I found in our XX Amazons gathering last year. As a woman born woman of color, this woman only space gave me incredible uplift and a respite from the ongoing erasure I have experienced as women-born-women spaces are taken away from us and radical feminist activism is silenced. I’d like to invite other women of color who share this experience of silencing and erasure to join me in a Women of Color Circle at the XX Amazons’ Uprising 2019. As lesbian women born women and women of color, we are marginalized and disenfranchised so many times over. Let us take the space together to claim our own truths and lift each other up as women. Please come to the gathering and share your story with other women of color and our common bonds in confronting female erasure. Please send inquiries about the Women of Color Circle to Llora Coatrischie at email@example.com.
We want this event to be as accessible as we can make it in every area (hearing, physical mobility, vision, illness from chemical exposures, money, allergies, and other barriers). We have a small number of wheelchair accessible rooms reserved for the Uprising. The venue permits service dogs and we welcome your service dog.
We will do the best we can to make the Uprising accessible for you. The venue does have some access difficulties. Our resources are limited. We have some seed money thanks to the generosity of women last year. But, the three of us at XX Amazons are funding the Uprising in hopes it will break even. We may need your help. If you have an access issue (or more than one) let us know early if you would like to come. It will help us see if we can find solutions. We want you to come!
Meeting spaces and lodging are indoors, though we do have access to outdoor space for workshops.
The Uprising will take place in northwest Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains area. Our venue is located reasonably near the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). There are shuttle services and other ground transport available at XNA that will take you to the venue. We may be able to provide rides from the airport for at least some women travelling by air.
Northwest Arkansas extends from the Missouri border south towards Springdale, Fayetteville and Ft. Smith. The Ozark Mountains offer a variety of outdoor activities, including a visit to the first National River, the Buffalo River, located east of the more populated areas. The mild temperatures of autumn in the Ozarks make hiking local trails and boating on area lakes enjoyable.
This is an ideal time to visit this corner of Arkansas. Attractions include the Museum of Native American History and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to the north. To the south is Devil’s Den State Park with caves to explore, horse and hiking trails, canoeing, and rental cabins.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in nearby Fayetteville. You’ll probably be interested to know that for a brief time in the late 1970s/early 80s there existed on campus a group of lesbian activists calling themselves Razordykes (after the UA Razorback sports teams). The university soon forced them to abandon their name.
Perhaps you’ll want to come early or stay several days after the Uprising to explore our beautiful hills and hollers, creeks and streams.
The registration materials will be available by Spring Equinox, March 20th, and registration will open that same day. Since space is limited, we hope you will register early. We recommend that you contact us now. We will need some information from you about your support for womxxn-only space before sending you the registration materials. See “Contact Us for More Information” below for instructions.
Please consider a donation to support the Uprising and to enable women to attend. Last year, thanks to donations, small and large, we were able to make the Uprising very accessible for women with limited resources. We are committed to having a sliding scale that slides down to zero ($0) and want to be able to provide as much travel assistance as we can. Your donation of any size will help make the Uprising economically accessible to women who otherwise would not be able to come.
Donate by check. Make check or money order payable to JEANNE NEATH (not to XX Amazons). Mail check to XX Amazons, P.O. Box 133, Fayetteville AR 72702 USA.
Thank you for your support!
Contact us for more information
Because women-only space is being attacked, we provide limited information about the Uprising in this public space. We will provide more information about the Uprising to women-born-women who actively support women-only space after you contact us.
Please confirm in your inquiry that you are indeed both women-born and actively supporting women-only space (in whatever ways you do it). Please tell us about your activities to support women-only space. We ask this because we are concerned about security and safety for the event and participants. Please let us know where you learned about the Uprising and who told you about it.
We’d also like to know what interests you about the XX Amazons Uprising. What would you like to see happen at the event? Is there something you want to offer to the Uprising?
Mail: P.O. Box 133, Fayetteville AR 72702
The Uprising is a drug, alcohol, weapon, and fragrance-free event.