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ARM THE GIRLS MUTUAL AID INITIATIVE

BROUGHT TO YOU BY VISIBILIT, JOIN THE MOVEMENT & WE ARE THE ONES

ARM THE GIRLS FIRST PROMO FLYER FIERA

ARM THE GIRLS is a Bay Area mutual aid initiative putting power and safety directly into the hands of BIPOC Trans Femmes (black and indigenous people of color) by providing free personal defense tools, self defense classes, and emergency funding support to community members in urgent need. 

ARM THE GIRLS was launched in December 2020 through collaboration with VisibliT, Join The Movement Coalition, and We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For. The campaign prioritizes trans femmes who identify as: black and/or indigenious, undocumented, currently or previously; incarcerated, or engaged in sex work, unemployed and/or unable to receive or qualify for unemployment benefits and stimulus relief during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Considered controversial, ARM THE GIRLS' provocative imagery and powerful messaging has garnered nationwide attention, leaving them subject to public  scrutiny and censorship from social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Despite this, the campaign has received coverage from major publications like VICE and MIC.com, and has been able to raise over $170,000 in emergency mutual aid funding since launching in December 2020.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ARM THE GIRLS,
EMAIL US AT WEVEBEENWAITINGFORUS AT GMAIL .COM

 

WE ARE THE ONES: 100% BLACK & BROWN MAGIC ART EXHIBITION

SEPTEMBER 9TH 2020 - AUGUST 2021  //  3411 LAKESHORE AVENUE, OAKLAND CA

#ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER MURAL
LAKE MERRITT, OAKLAND

PRODUCED BY WE ARE THE ONES, QUEER ARTS CENTER & TGIJP

CHECK OUT OUR EDITORIAL
ON OAKLAND QTBIPOC FASHION

 WITH DEXTER SIMMONS & AYANNA BRUMFIELD

SHOT, STYLED & PRODUCED BY WE ARE THE ONES 

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DIRECTED BY WE ARE THE ONES

WE ARE THE ONES FOR MAHA WAM

AS FEATURED ON AFROPUNK, PLUS, ADVOCATE, BILLBOARD & MORE

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MAHA WAM FOR WE ARE THE ONES

PHOTO @SHOTBYGUERRILLA

STYLED BY @ADON1STHEONE

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WE ARE THE ONES FOR DAVIA SPAIN

AS FEATURED ON EAST BAY EXPRESS

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DAVIA SPAIN FOR WE ARE THE ONES

PHOTO @SHOTBYGUERRILLA

STYLED BY @ADON1STHEONE

 

PRESS

Introducing: We Are The Ones

https://threadsradio.com/introducing-we-are-the-ones/

PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ Oakland Shows Out at the 'Open To All' Ball

https://www.kqed.org/arts/13902915/photos-lgbtq-oakland-shows-out-at-the-open-to-all-vogue-ball

 

Meet the Oakland Artists and Collectives Holding it Down for the Town During the Pandemic

https://daily.bandcamp.com/scene-report/oakland-underground-scene-report

 

Eye See You: Guerrilla Davis and Adonis Emory, We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

http://wineandbowties.com/eye-see-you-adonis-guerilla/

Fire Inspection at Oakland Art Space Prompts ‘Renegade’ Show at Lake Merritt

https://www.kqed.org/arts/13839638/fire-inspection-at-oakland-art-space-prompts-renegade-show-at-lake-merritt

Arm the Girls is empowering BIPOC queer and trans femmes to fight back

https://www.mic.com/p/how-arm-the-girls-is-empowering-bipoc-queer-trans-femmes-to-fight-back-81225542

 

Meet the Activists Arming Trans People With Stun Guns and Pepper Spray

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epde8w/meet-the-activists-arming-trans-people-with-stun-guns-and-pepper-spray
 

Designer bags and stun guns: Bay Area mutual aid group mixes self defense with style

https://www.sfgate.com/sf-culture/article/Designer-bags-and-stun-guns-Bay-Area-mutual-aid-15979912.php

 

Drone photos and video of giant diversity slogan at Lake Merritt in Oakland

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/06/30/drone-photos-and-video-of-giant-diversity-slogan-at-lake-merritt-in-oakland

 

‘All Black Lives Matter’ Mural Dedication Held in Oakland

https://www.postnewsgroup.com/all-black-lives-matter-mural-dedication-held-in-oakland/

 

1,000 Murals: In Oakland, Revolutions Told Through Street Art

https://thebolditalic.com/1-000-murals-in-oakland-revolutions-told-through-street-art

DRONEVIEW: New mural encouraging inclusivity painted on streets of Oakland

https://abc7news.com/blm-mural-oakland-gardens-at-lake-merritt-lives-matter-east-bay-queer-arts-center

Blending the Electronic and Classical  Davia Spain to debut her new album Dawning at BAM’s Black Life series.

https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/blending-the-electronic-and-classical/Content?oid=26483207

 

Trans latina actor-director to deliver keynote address at reel out charlotte

https://charlottepride.org/9925/trans-latina-actor-director-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-reel-out-charlotte/

 

Mahawam Opens Up About Living With HIV in New Video for 'Michelle Pfieffer': Watch

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8495639/mahawam-hiv-michelle-pfeiffer-video-premiere

 

Genre-Defying Rapper Mahawam Grapples With an HIV Diagnosis on Their New EP

https://www.kqed.org/arts/13853543/genre-defying-rapper-mahawam-grapples-with-an-hiv-diagnosis-on-their-new-ep

Mahawam – Is An Island Ep (Molly House Records)

http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/03/22/mahawam-is-an-island-ep-molly-house-records/

 

Afropunk Premiere: Mahawam’s “longpotty,” A Club Anthem For The Socially Exhausted

https://afropunk.com/2019/02/afropunk-premiere-mahawams-longpotty-a-club-anthem-for-the-socially-exhausted/

 

This Hip-Hop Artist Talks HIV, Gender, and Intersectionality

https://www.hivplusmag.com/stigma/2019/8/29/hip-hop-artist-talks-hiv-gender-and-intersectionality