Introduction: CONVERGE! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

5 University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 249

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-09

9 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2015

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Donna Coker

University of Miami School of Law

Leigh Goodmark

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Marcia Olivo

Miami Workers Center - Sisterhood of Survivors (S.O.S.)

Date Written: Summer 2015

Abstract

This introduction to the CONVERGE! Symposium by conference co-chairs Donna Coker, Leigh Goodmark, & Marcia Olivo, describes the aspirations of conference organizers, reflects on the accomplishments of the conference, and looks ahead to ongoing work.

CONVERGE! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence brought together more than 200 academics, activists, survivors, students, and service providers convened in Miami. People came in response to a call to reimagine the work to end gender violence: "We seek to refocus United States priorities in funding, activism, legal responses, and social services in ways that better address the intersecting inequalities that create and maintain gender violence."

The conference highlighted the connections between what is often described as “gender violence” or “violence against women” — interpersonal violence, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual assault — and the structural inequalities of colonization, sexism, heterosexism, racism, anti-immigrant bias, and economic injustice. Building on the groundbreaking work of INCITE!, conference speakers expanded the traditional interpersonal violence frame to encompass state violence directed at women — violence that is embodied in racist, homophobic, classist, and anti-immigrant policies and practices, whether in prisons, on the streets, at the borders, in the workplace, or in homes.

CONVERGE! was bilingual, with a strong voice of monolingual Spanish speakers, undocumented women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and domestic workers.

Keywords: violence against women, gender violence, feminist, critical race feminist, intersectionality, heterosexism, racism, sexism, movement building, social justice

Suggested Citation

Coker, Donna K. and Goodmark, Leigh and Olivo, Marcia, Introduction: CONVERGE! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence (Summer 2015). 5 University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 249; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2638894

Donna K. Coker (Contact Author)

University of Miami School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
305 284 2714 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.miami.edu/

Leigh Goodmark

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States

Marcia Olivo

Miami Workers Center - Sisterhood of Survivors (S.O.S.) ( email )

6127 NW 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33127
United States

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