October 31, 2019 through November 1, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA
#FromNO2Love is in three parts. Each venue is wheelchair accessible, and there will be ASL interpretation.
Fall 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the making of the Ford Foundation-funded, acclaimed film, NO The Rape Documentary. It is also the same time as the October 1, 2019 publication of the edited anthology, love WITH accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse. Each of these works are groundbreaking, prevention resources that unwaveringly center diasporic Black survivors of adult rape and child sexual abuse.
#FromNO2Love will commemorate the convergence of these critical markers over a period of 1.5-days at the Lightbox Film Center, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the The African American Museum in Philadelphia. This conference, which is free and open to the public, will lift the long-term and new survivor-led work that addresses, disrupts, and works to humanely end child sexual abuse and adult rape in Black and marginalized communities.
FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You must register for each of the events you plan to attend.
PLEASE ONLY REGISTER IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU WILL ATTEND.
1. Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Lightbox is wheelchair accessible and there will be ASL Interpretation.
ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF NO! The Rape Documentary (presented in English subtitles) produced/directed by Aishah Shahidah Simmons featuring many of the on-screen participants and filmmakers together in attendance for the first time.
On-Screen: Sultan Ali, Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Aminata Cairo Baruti, Orleana Clark, Pat Clark, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Adrienne Davis, Ulester Douglas, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Audree Irons, F. Reanae McNeal, Loretta Ross, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Scheherazade Tillet, Traci C. West, Janelle L. White, and Tamara L. Xavier
Behind the Screen: Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Amadee L. Braxton, Joan Brannon, Nawo Crawford, Kia Steave-Dickerson, Wadia L. Gardiner, Charlene Gilbert, Gail M. Lloyd, Tina Morton, Sharon Mullally, Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, Rachel Afi Quinn, Scheherazade Tillet, Janelle L. White, Giscard Xavier, and Tamara L. Xavier,
Guests: Bahamadia, Monique S. Howard, Sonia Sanchez
Elsa Barkley Brown, Nikki Harmon, and Salamishah Tillet are unable to attend the screening, but will be in attendance at the conference on November 1, 2019.
2. Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Annenberg is wheelchair accessible and there will be ASL Interpretation.
ONE-DAY BLACK FEMINIST CENTERED CONFERENCE
with three consecutive plenary panels:
1). Blazing the Trails: Salamishah Tillet (moderator): Ulester Douglas, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Dorothy Roberts, Loretta Ross, and Janelle L. White
2). Sexual Violence Across the Black Diaspora: Deborah A. Thomas (moderator): Esther Armah, Edxie Betts, Sevonna Brown, Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, and Grace Sanders Johnson
3). Disrupting Sexual Violence from the Margins: Dagmawi Woubshet (moderator): Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Ignacio G. Hutia Xeiti Rivera, Jey’nce Mizrahi Poindexter, Amita Swadhin, and Scheherazade Tillet
Copies of some of the book titles by conference presenters, and NO! and love WITH accountability contributors will be available on-site for purchase from the Penn Book Center.
3. Friday, November 1, 2019, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, The AAMP is wheelchair accessible and there will be ASL Interpretation.
BOOK TALK/SIGNING/RECEPTION celebrating Philadelphia's launch of love WITH accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse edited by Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Conversation with the editor, and four of the 43-contributors
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, alicia sanchez gill, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Mel A. Phillips, and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons
Book signing and engagement with approximately half of the 43-contributors in attendance: Liz S. Alexander, Esther Armah, Luz Marquez-Benbow, Edxie Betts, Sevonna Brown, Zöe Flowers, alicia sanchez gill, Adenike Harris, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Indira Henard, Tanisha Esperanza Jarvis, e nina jay, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Tonya Lovelace, Thea Matthews, Chevara Orrin, Mel A. Phillips, Jey'nce Mizrahi Poindexter, Ignacio G. Hutía Xeiti Rivera, Lynn Roberts, Loretta Ross, Loretta Ross, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Farah Tanis, and Tashmica Torok.
Copies of the anthology will be available on-site for purchase from Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
We understand each family's need to make informed decisions about what is appropriate for the young people in their lives. We are not equipped to discern what content is best suited for each young person.
It is in this spirit that we share the following information. There isn't a minimum age, though we do not recommend young people who are younger than mature adolescents attending. In addition to a feature length screening of an award-winning documentary film about rape, other forms of sexual violence and healing, there will also be conversations on child sexual abuse, adult rape, and other forms of sexual violence at the conference, and the book launch.
Is there childcare available?
We apologize but we are unable to provide childcare.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Please bring your ticket(s) to each event.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you may update your registration until 8-hours before the date
I am from out of town, can you recommend places to stay?
Two of the three events will be held on or near the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia. The following hotels are either on Penn’s campus or not very far from campus. The neighborhood is University City, which is located in West Philadelphia.
Homewood Suites, 4109 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 382-1111 ((There are very, very limited rooms in a hotel block available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact to learn more about getting placed on the list).
Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 222-0200
The Study, 20 S. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 387-1400
The Sheraton, 3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 387-8000
Club Quarters, 1628 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (267) 310-1656
There are also Air BnB, VRBO, and a plethora of other hotels in central Philadelphia.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Each of the three venues are readily accessible by public transportation. Please visit http://septa.org. You may also use Lyft, Uber, or a taxi.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email: consultant "at" afrolezproductions "dot" com