INCITE!

In the article “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers” by Talia Mae Bettcher says, “The central conclusion, then, is that gendered representation of genitals is fundamental intertwined with a much large, violent system of communication. And this means that there is significant grounds for coalition among trans ,feminist, and antiracist politics. Yet even talk of ‘coalition’’ is deeply misleading, if we recognize that many transpeople are not merely oppressed as trans but also as women and people of color.” (Bettcher 288). The organization I chose was INCITE! , according to the website ,“ INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizations.”

INCITE! is made up of grassroots chapters and allies that are across the U.S working on policial project such as police violence, media and reproductive justice.It is a national collective that works to make sure that grassroots organizing is working on a national and transnational platform.

INCITE! is an important organization because they are all about fighting these systems of violence among WOC, TWOC, and gender-non  conforming people. It is this kind of organizing that Bettcher talks about that could work to build coalition. INCITE! produces powerful written work and fights to help their those who are being oppressed. They are currently working on helping to free Marissa Alexander as well they have helped others. In the course we have been discussing violence among the trans community but also to consider the intersectional issues that affect trans peoples.

Our Vision

INCITE! is a national, activist organization of radical feminists of color. We mobilize to end all forms of violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color and our communities. By supporting grassroots organizing, we nurture the health and well-being of communities of color. Through our efforts, we move closer toward global justice, liberation, and peace.

Gender Statement

When we say women of color and trans people of color, we mean people of color who experience violence and who identify as women, trangender, queer, gender non conforming, Two Spirit, lesbian, bisexual, bull daggers, aggressives, dykes, gay butch, studs, genderqueer, and those whose experiences are generally marginalized by movements resisting violence. We lift up the important work already being done by trans people within the INCITE! network. Some INCITE! chapters and affiliates already support transpeople of color leadership and are working to integrate a gender justice analysis into every aspect of our work and organizational culture. For more information email us at incite.natl@gmail.com.

INCITE is a great organization because you don’t have to be part of a chapter to join, you can join individually, and you can become an affiliate. There are plenty of ways to get involved and a lot of ways to figure out if INCITE is an organization you are interested. They are very active on social media, facebook, and their blog. If you are interested in getting to know INCITE better there is more information on their website.

INCITE HOME PAGE: http://incite-national.org/home

INCITE FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/incitecommunitynews

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3 thoughts on “INCITE!

  1. This seems like a great organization. Where is INCITE! based? Are they an international organization, or are they based in a singular country? And if it’s the latter, how widespread are they? How often do they meet?

    I think it’s great that more organizations like this are surfacing. People of all kinds need some place to gather and feel welcomed.

  2. Hey Amber! I like your post about INCITE! The interesting part about how you relate the reading from Bettcher to INCITE! You mentioned in the beginning of your post here that, “gendered representation of genitals is fundamental[ly] intertwined with a much large[r], violent system of communication.” This is how adhering to coalition isn’t just about recognizing trans people being oppressed only as “trans”, but also due to other multiple issues, (such as also being women or people of color). INCITE! greatly illustrates their work through mobilization. This way, organization can strive to meet their goal to end all forms of violence, especially against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color and other communities. It’s definitely important to provide a “community of support” and not just perceiving these groups to be “communities at risk”. This organization seeks to bring all of these various communities together, in order to end all types of violence that do affect these groups. This reminds me of the term “intravention”, particularly in relation to the community of support. This was mainly discussed through the example of the Ballroom culture from Marlon M. Bailey’s reading. I think this a good example to show that important issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention can be discussed through one’s own community, because there’s the feeling of kinship and being “valued”, instead of impersonal relations that may be had from certain outside sources/groups. INCITE! is a great organization where they do care about their member’s well-being and provide support to people who have experience violence. And through these shared experiences, people can be brought together to strive to end all forms of violence.
    The analysis of intersectionality comes into play here, where multiple issues can be addressed, in order for a greater goal to be achieved through unity. Besides the readings from Bettcher’s and Bailey’s, we can also relate this back to Dean Spade’s reading with the Sylvia Rivera Project. As mentioned from class, part of the discussion from Spade’s reading involves administrative law and critical trans politics. Administrative law is used as a tool to structure and produce vulnerability to marginalized groups, such as the trans populations. Administrative law can be analyzed, in order to transform people and possibly “trickle up” social justice. (Or using the “transformative” approach.) And critical trans politics, “demands more than legal recognition and inclusion, seeking instead to transform current logics of state, civil society security, and social equality.” (Spade 19) So, this means we should look beyond legal recognition, legitimate citizenship, and being part of the dominant culture/population. We should also recognize that the oppressions that trans people face are also issues for other groups. It’s important to address multiple issues to accomplish a greater goal, which is a more from the radical approach or transformative work. This was greatly discussed from Monday’s reading “Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got” by Bassichis, Lee, and Spade.
    Overall, as a collective whole, a lot more can be done through transformative approach of abolitionist work. I believe it’s possible. (Hopefully, that didn’t sound too optimistic of me to say.) It’s important not to just acknowledge that different forms of violence were experienced by these communities, but it’s also essential to build community relationships and infrastructure to support healing and transform people who were impacted by these forms of violence.

  3. Hi Amber! I liked that you chose this organization because INCITE! is a great example of a nation-wide organization fighting for the rights of women of color and trans people of color. In this class, we have talked about how many national lesbian and gay organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) are more concerned with the rights of the privileged – white cis gay males- mostly because it is easy and fast to try to fit into the system instead of challenging the system. INCITE! centers the experiences of the most marginalized and does several forms of activism. I remember reading the work of Andrea Smith, “Conquest” and I know she was involved with INCITE at the beginning of its upbringing. Additionally, professor Janelle White has been involved with INCITE and one of the speakers in Spade’s No One is Disposable videos, Reina Gossett, was part of INCITE at one point. Having such great academics be part of this organization shows how relevant INCITE is to marginalized people. This relates to the reading on “The Politics of Recognition” because INCITE does not hope to receive recognition or to assimilate into the system, like they say, they are “challenging the non-profitization of antiviolence and other social justice movements, organizing rallies on street harassment, training women of color on self-defense, organizing mothers on welfare, building and running a grassroots clinic, supporting communities to engage in community accountability strategies, and much more.” This form of activism which are marginalized people helping other marginalized people prosper is a type of “intravention” because there is no outside external force that is trying to learn from or teach them anything. Instead, they help each other out and create their own forms of community support while challenging the mainstream forms of support.

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