Women of Color Resource Center

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Founded in Oakland, California in 1990 by several of those who had been active in the Alliance Against Women's Oppression (disbanded in 1989), the WCRC seeks to educate and empower women and girls of color, helping them to become effective leaders while at the same time advocating for public policies that help, rather than hurt, women of color. In particular, the WCRC seeks to bring the concerns of women of color to the forefront of all social justice and women's rights movements. Innovative programing has been key to sustaining their mission and making the WCRC appealing to women of color across generational lines and despite racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientation differences. For example, beginning in 2005, the "Runway Peace Project" (RPP) sought to raise awareness of the impact of militarism on American popular culture. A multi-media toolkit, aimed at school and community groups, the RPP includes a documentary, "Fashion Resistance to Militarism," a step-by-step CD guide on how to organize your own RPP fashion show, and fact sheets on gender and militarism. Yet another popular, and successful, project is TEMPO (Technological Empowerment and Media Project of Oakland) which provides training for low-income women of color in radio production, producing radio documentaries on the issues that directly have an impact on their lives and thus literally giving women of color a voice. Since its participation in the Beijing 1995 conference, the WCRC has also sought to build transnational relationships with sister organizations around the world.

From the guide to the Women of Color Resource Center Records MS 718., 1984-2011, (Sophia Smith Collection)

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creatorOf Women of Color Resource Center Records 1984-2011 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Third World Women's Alliance Records MS 697., 1971-1980, 1971-1977 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Miriam Ching Yoon Louie Papers MS 719., 1970-2012 Sophia Smith Collection
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associatedWith Alliance Against Women's Oppression corporateBody
associatedWith Burnham, Linda, 1948- person
associatedWith Louie, Miriam person
associatedWith Louie, Miriam person
associatedWith Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Third World Women's Alliance corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
African American women
Asian American women
Birth control
Civil rights
Domestic violence
Hispanic American women
Indian women
International Women's Day
Peace movements
Race relations
Reproductive health
Sterilization (Birth control)
Welfare rights movement
Women and peace
Women's health services
Women's rights
Working class women

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