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Women's Self Defense Training

FURIE Women’s Self Defense Training: Karate and Taekwondo

Sundays: 1-3pm
Tuesdays: 7-8pm
Thursdays: 7-8pm
@ LUCHA’s Community Basement Room
1625 N Drake Ave
Chicago, IL

Cost: $5 Requested Donation (Whatever You Can Pay, But No Sister Will Be Turned Away)

It's 2020 and we're still at it! Come build your confidence and fighting spirit with FURIE — inside and out!

This event is for all self-identified women and gender-queer people. (No cis-gender men attendees allowed!)
Approximately Age 13+ and Mother/Daughters encouraged

We have moved indoors to continue our training throughout the cold season. We are excited to partner with LUCHA (Latin United Community Housing Association, also Spanish for “struggle”), providing our community classes in their space conveniently for their residents along with our local participants. As from the start, we are still committed to providing low-to-no cost classes for women of all ages and backgrounds. However, for those of you who can afford it, we are always accepting donations to help compensate our instructor and provide better equipment to work with to keep this vital program running!

Classes are taught by a Black Belt, 1st Degree Instructor on Sundays (instructor speaks Spanish).

Classes are assistant-taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

All levels of experience and ability are welcome! Jump in at any time - you don't need to have gone to a previous class to join. You will build on your fighting skills with trainees of all levels, together in Sisterhood every week. It’s also great exercise for fitness!

Wear comfortable clothes for movement. Please bring water.

We began in the summer of 2017 in Humboldt Park as a way to be out and visible as women to the larger community and take advantage of a public park at a time of increasing privatization of public assets. Our objective is to create an organization of women, banded together in learning to physically and vocally resist violence or the threat of violence while implementing strategies to protect one another.

This effort is modeled after similar efforts by the Black Panthers, who implemented comprehensive self-empowerment programs to reclaim marginalized communities.

FURIE Literary Salons

FURIE Readers Literary Salon is fighting against the increasing anti-intellectualism in our society and creating radical community through our monthly book clubs, featuring authors who write unapologetically about the political landscape of our world, whether it be through the historical and psychological writing of Frantz Fanon that analyzes global oppression, or works of fiction that delve into and expose the racism and sexism entrenched in our culture, such as Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.Join us monthly for radical discussion as we broaden our understanding of the world around us and draw parallels to organizations and educational structures today. We enjoy food and welcome drink donations, (or BYOB to share) as we grow together as a community.


Next Literary Salon: Emergent Strategy (pt 2) by adrienne maree brown

January 26, 2020



Facebook Event Link

We had some powerful discussion over the first half of the book earlier in December, and we are discussing the final half on January 26!

Part 2: pages 151-end, or CREATING MORE POSSIBILITIES through OUTRO

Free PDF of part 2:

As Brown mentions in her intro, each section can stand on its own or be read out of order, so it's not necessary to have read Part 1 to participate.

However, here is the link to the first half for those interested:

“Emergent strategy is...awakening to the sacred systems of life all around us.”

Adrienne Marie Brown brings us Emergent Strategy as “a cluster of thoughts in development, observations of existing patterns, and questions,” — an amalgamation her own diverse experiences in movement building and applications of the wisdom and insight of other strong women leaders. Two of her greatest inspirations are Octavia Butler, who dared to imagine a different world in her science fiction, and Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime activist in the Civil Rights movement and in Detroit who had the acumen to learn and evolve from what was no longer working in the 21st century.

Having read the writings of both women in our previous Literary Salons, we are excited to continue with Brown on her journey and compare notes. Emergent Strategy was published less than 3 years ago as her first book, and has already made waves in communities and among organizers as a refreshing and invigorating perspective on living and engaging in social change. Her work accepts and adapts to the chaos rather than obstinately trying to fight it. Even her approach to the layout of the book is fluid and varied, exemplifying the practice of emergence that colors her written and community work. Quotes and poetry are interwoven with thoughts, observations, and personal anecdotes and experiences.

Join us for food and drink (BYOB) as we share our own thoughts on this contemporary work, adding to the discussion that is ever evolving as we begin the 2020s!

Furious Writers! Writing Workshops

Fridays at 7pm OR contact us and set up a time that works for you!

Email furie.chicago@gmail.com or message us on Facebook for location

Radical Novelists, Radical Playwrights, Radical Cartoonists, any and all Radicals who have something to say!

This year, finally sit down to pen that article you’ve been bleeding to write, or to develop your play about the fucked up Amazon factory you slave at 13 hours a day, or to outpour your oppression through visual art. Or even finesse your résumés and cover letters to get out of that factory or service industry job, because it's hard to rebel on a modern day plantation. FURIE’s Writing Workshops are here to create that space for solidarity, encouragement, and motivation needed to get it done.

Writing, like any true act of resistance and rebellion, can be almost impossible in America. We have been constantly and intentionally distracted in efforts to dumb us down (efforts that have been successful in far too many cases). The American Empire is crumbling, leaving us at one of the highest points of anti-intellectualism in our history. The power elite are thrilled to have the masses mindlessly accepting their self-indulgent narrative. This is apparent everywhere from fluff entertainment news and magazines, to the mainstream media, to the “hallowed halls” of academia, where students are taught how to better fit into our crooked system, rather than how to fight and destroy the system itself.

To add insidious insult to agonizing injury, as women, we have been told--both directly and implicitly in the responses and admonishments when we do speak up--that our voices don’t matter.

But in fact, this withering environment is where our voices and our art are most needed. We reject the ruthless commodification of our time, instead utilizing it for individual and communal benefit, improving skills that are becoming increasingly undervalued in our culture.

The first edition of The PanWomanist (FURIE’s Literary Journal) was the culmination of our earlier, more informal writing workshops. If The PanWomanist or the FURIE page has inspired you, this is an ideal opportunity to get involved. Come with ideas or articles that need development, and we will all work together.

As a community-focused organization, FURIE is excited to provide firstly, a creative and welcoming space where you can work in peace. If you have been wanting to write something or had an idea but just haven’t been able to carve out the time, this is your opportunity. Secondly, it is a space to have your work heard, to perhaps practice for performance or see how it sounds out loud, and to receive feedback in a constructive environment.

Join us every Friday at 7pm at FURIE House (send us a FB message or email us at furie.chicago@gmail.com for address, accessible by Kimball and Armitage buses). If you want someone to meet you at a bus stop nearby, please reach out and we can arrange that as well. Bring your computer, notebook, or whatever artistic tools you need. It is a comfortable environment, open to all levels of experience and genres of writing and artistic mediums, but we are serious about developing our work and only ask that you are too.

"No black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much.’ Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much’ ...No woman has ever written enough."
-bell hooks

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