Born out of an engagement with anti-capitalist, anti-racist feminist struggles as women of color from the Global South, Feminist Freedom Warriors (FFW) is a project about cross-generational histories of feminist activism addressing economic, anti-racist, social justice, and anti-capitalist issues across national borders. These are stories of sister-comrades, many of whom we have worked and struggled with over the years, whose ideas, words, actions, and visions of economic and social justice continue to inspire us to keep on keeping on. We feel an urgency to tell these individual and connected/collective stories—to “speak what we live” for ourselves and the generations that will follow us. FFW is a labor of love, dedicated to those who have come before us, and those who will come after.
Chandra Talpade Mohanty is a feminist scholar-activist and educator in the Women’s and Gender Studies department at Syracuse University. Chandra’s activism, scholarship and teaching focus on transnational feminist theory, anti-capitalist feminist praxis, anti-racist education, and the politics of knowledge. She is author of Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (2003) and co-editor of four volumes including Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (1991), Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures, (1997). Chandra is a steering committee member of the Municipal Services Project (municipalservicesproject.org), a transnational research and advocacy group focused on alternatives to privatization in the Global South, a founding member of the Democratizing Knowledge Collective (http://democratizingknowledge.syr.edu) at Syracuse University, and Coordinating Team member of the Future of Minority Studies Research Project (http://fmsproject.cornell.edu). She is series editor of “Comparative Feminist Studies” (Palgrave/Macmillan) and was a member of the Indigenous and Women of Color Solidarity delegation to Palestine in June 2011. Chandra has co-authored Mapping Transnational Feminist Engagements: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Solidarity (2014) with Linda Carty. Linda and Chandra are co-PIs for the Mellon funded Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institutes: Just Academic Spaces: Crafting New Publics through Radical Literacies (2015-2018)
Taveeshi Singh is a graduate student in the Social Science and Women’s and Gender Studies departments at Syracuse University. Taveeshi has worked with non-profits and research organizations dedicated to health, education, and food security concerns of marginalized rural and urban communities in India. Her current research work focuses on socio-cultural practices and constructions of masculinity in post-colonial militaries. She is inspired by feminist genealogies, feminist pedagogies and visual methods.
Linda E. Carty is a Black feminist scholar-activist and educator in the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University. Linda’s activist and research work spans Black labor struggles, migration and sexuality in Canada, the Caribbean and the U.S. She is author of “A Genealogy of Marxist Feminism in Canada,” (2014);Not a Nanny: A Gendered, Transnational Analysis of Caribbean Domestic Workers in New York City” (2003) and “The Discourse of Empire and the Social Construction of Gender” (2002). Linda is editor of the anthology And Still We Rise: Feminist Mobilization in Contemporary Canada (1993). She is co-author/contributor to We’re Rooted Here: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History (1994) and Unsettling Relations: The University as a Site of Feminist Struggles (1991). Linda has co-authored Mapping Transnational Feminist Engagements: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Solidarity (2014) with Chandra Talpade Mohanty; and “Solidarity Work in Transnational Feminism: The Question of Class and Location,” with Monisha Das Gupta (2009). She works with UNAIDS-Caribbean, has been a member of The Black Women’s Collective, Toronto; Caribbean Women’s Health Association – Immigrant Services, New York City and is a founding member of the Democratizing Knowledge Collective (http://democratizingknowledge.syr.edu) at SU.
Kim E. Powell is a Black feminist video artist and writer with a transnational approach to home. She is a recent graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts and has a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Women's and Gender Studies department at Syracuse. Held together by transnational ligaments, Kim is invested in transnational conversations between Jamaica, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Kim collaborated with the FFW team from 2014-2016.