n o l o s e 2011: registration info
nolose 2011: Bridge to Fatlandia
July 2011 conference:
Bridge to Fatlandia!

Bridge to Fatlandia: Exploring citizenship while bravely building fat pride community

As we work together to create the Fatlandia of our dreams, both at the conference and beyond, how are we re/creating the hierarchies and exclusions that brought us together in the first place? Let's examine the implicit and explicit invitations we've extended or might extend to communities who yearn to participate in our fatopia. Let's consider the invitations fat people have been extended/denied in other communities. And let's bolster our internal support of those among us who've been fighting for fat liberation from the movement's beginnings. And, as always, let's have a whole lot of fun as we continue carving our path to collective fat liberation. Fatlandia, here we come!

>> We laughed, we played, we swam... we had the fattest NOLOSE conference ever. Stay tuned for information about our next conference!

>> The full program of workshops and performances is posted here!

>> This year's keynote speaker was Wendi O'Neal: as a cultural worker, facilitator, and educator, Wendi O'Neal connects social and economic justice groups' mission, vision and values with how everyday work gets done. She uses spiritually grounded practices, art, story circles and song sharing as tools for growing inspiration and sharing methodology for
democratic process.

Born and raised in New Orleans, she has worked in local, regional and national organizations; but her heart's work is rooted in the US South, especially the kind of organizing that happens around kitchen tables in the Deep South and Appalachia.

She is a dancer, "markers & scrap paper" visual artist, freedom-song-singer and teacher. One of her favorite teachers is her father, John O'Neal, co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, a Radical Black Theater project that grew out of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s.

In 1991, she helped found one of the first documented out lesbian and bisexual women's alliances at a Historically Black College, Spelman, in Atlanta, GA – which continues to exist as the group, Afrekete, today. Some groups Wendi has worked with: Amnesty International, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children, Southerners on New Ground, The Highlander Research and Education Center, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and Junebug Productions' Free Southern Theater Institute.

We're thrilled to have welcomed Wendi!



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