We are a small and growing network of women of color from across Rhode Island. We are on a journey to create a space where we can build foundations for deep solidarity across differences, strengthen community connections, and create change in our lives and communities.
The term “women of color” was crafted as a political term that encompasses the identities of women from different ethnic backgrounds. As our sister Loretta Ross described, “It is not a biological designation, but a solidarity definition.” It is a call to action, and an ask for a deep commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color. This term grew and pushed forward solidarity amongst women from Black, Latinx, Asian American and Native American communities. We give thanks to our sisters before us for this solidarity call.
SISTA FIRE aims to connect the patterns and practices of community strength from the past, building on the present, and–with great intentions–planting the seeds for the future. We take lessons from our grandmas holding it down in Black Lives Matter, our Indigenous aunties fighting for their own homelands here, our trans sisters who fight for their rights to be who they are, and our immigrant and refugee mommas demonstrating their strength with unrelenting love and profound sacrifices.
SISTA FIRE builds its membership through small SISTA Circles [link] that bring growing leaders together to answer this “solidarity call”. Our long-term goal is to support a strong, grassroots network of women of color that centers economic empowerment, community-led action, healing and wellness. Join us [link to join us page] in our journey!