AGUNDA OKEYO FOR PRESIDNT...OF HER VAGINA
As writer, producer and activist by profession I was deeply engaged in the work of resistance before the election and certainly hereafter. I have organized protests, written investigate articles/op-eds, produced creative events for social justice and spoken publicly about the issues that concern me; on racial equality, gender justice, immigrant rights, survivor advocacy, and tolerance across class and sexulity. But, more personally as an immigrant, artist, black woman and feminist, I know all of this effort aspires to liberate myself as much as it seeks to liberate others. Knowing the magnitude of the fight ahead, I have decided to unilaterally commit this next year, 2017, to unrelenting, strategic and innovative social justice work. Therefore, I am running for president...of my vagina; or rather I am claiming ownership of my body as a woman and my right to do what I see fit according to my conscience.
For me, unrelenting, strategic and innovative activism includes dialogue, grassroots direct action, coalition building, community organizing, boycotts, writing, creative acts and self care. This work will be both planned action items according to what we already know and responsive to pertinent events.
My first action item is to organize and execute a prolonged citywide boycott of Trump and his affiliated businesses in NYC. We will make sure he knows the 80% of people who voted against him, do not want him or his cronies in this city. Further his burden on the city (as a man who happily evades taxes) to provide security at Trump Towers to the tune of $500,000/day and $35mil/year will not be supported by the people. This boycott can also be illustrative to cities around the country (and perhaps the world) on how to respond to populist fascist politicians. As an emerging leader, I need your support in this campaign of resistance to Trump's America.
Speaking as a student of history, I’m certain that while most of us can’t drop everything and commit our lives to social justice, some of us must and I am one such person
Under the incoming administration, I want to work 24/7 on the issues we care about most like: reproductive justice, ending rape culture, the movement for black lives, supporting Standing Rock, climate change and immigrant rights to help those who don’t have the time or resources to chart a way forward. I want to use my skills as an artist and activist to be someone people can turn to when the feeling of “what do we do next?” takes hold. I have already done this for several hundred people, but I want to do it for hundreds more, towards an increasingly interconnected and compassionate world.
More specifically I am among the leadership of a NYC chapter of nationwide WOC led activists and organizers called #WomenoftheResistance aka WoR (formerly called #GOPHandsOffMe) with a track record of activism in this “new normal” as featured in TIME, New York Magazine, BBC, Democracy Now!, Rewire and The New York Times among others. I’m also the producer of the critically acclaimed showcase at Carolines on Broadway called “Sisters of Comedy,” recently featured in the New York Comedy Festival. I have have co-sponsored comedy showcases with the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition, Equality Now and Black Lives Matter NYC. As a producer I have been featured in The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Huffington Post, Essence, The New York Times, Black Enterprise and NBC. I am also affiliated or otherwise connected to about a dozen major local and national nonprofits that work with sexual assault survivors, community based organizing, gender justice, racial justice, plus rights of immigrants, LGBTQi and the poor. I want to avail all of myself and my resources to the fight ahead, but I need some help.
Please donate to my campaign: Agunda Okeyo for President...of My Vagina. Because all women should be president of their bodies, minds and hearts.
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Facilitating consciousness raising/activist training workshop - 200
One day of organizing for boycott & direct action- 260
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A week of intensive political/research & writing - 1,000
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"The most powerful thing a woman or girl can do is own her body. To fully own her flesh, she must be able to speak of it, activate it, draw boundaries around it, celebrate it, and insists that all others follow her lead when anything is decided or done for or about her body. For a black girl, that means she must take on those standard barriers of classism, sexism, nationalism, etc- in addition to carrying the ever-present burden put on her by racism. I support every woman for president of her own vagina." ~Staceyann Chin, Poet & Activist
"The next four years under Donald Trump will be particularly daunting for women, and the most vulnerable will suffer adversely. From racism, xenophobia, homophobia to, (as we've already seen) harrowing, anti-woman & anti- choice legislation. The widespread closure of women's clinics and rights is eminent. In solidarity, I support an vote for Agunda as president of her own vagina, symbolically asserting her power and sharing strength! Agunda for president (of her own vagina!)"
~Kathy Najimy, Actor, Producer & Activist
"Because hierarchies start with controlling reproduction, and therefore the female body, a woman's ownership of her own body is a step toward democracy and a future in which humans are linked, not ranked. I thank Agunda for taking a step forward for us all. "
~Gloria Steinem, Writer & Activist