Against the Current: Collective works on State Violence, identity and Resistance

Appendix: Local Activism & Resources

The Appendix below contains a brief list of related organizations for those looking to get involved in organizing to end gender and racial violences and for anyone dealing with related issues and thus in need of sources of care & support. This list is by no means exhaustive. It includes resources at the University of Pennsylvania as well as tools throughout Philadelphia. 

University of Pennsylvania Campus Resources

Mujeres Empoderadas
Penn's Women Center,
3643 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The purpose of Mujeres Empoderadas (M.E.) is to support students at the University of Pennsylvania who identify as Latina and/or Hispanic. Mujeres Empoderadas is a safe space inclusive to women who identify with the Latina and/or Hispanic cultural experience. Our mission is to encourage dialogue surrounding issues affecting Latina and/or Hispanic women and provide them with the opportunity to share experiences, advice, and support. Above all we seek to strengthen and empower the women in our community.

Sister, Sister
3601 Locust Walk, Suite G17 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224

Sister Sister, sponsored by Makuu: Black Cultural Center, is a support group dedicated to fostering a sense of sisterhood and purpose among Black female students at the University of Pennsylvania. This communal purpose is fostered through facilitated discussions, personal sharing and networking, leadership development, and information and resource sharing. Sister Sister works to inspire and fortify black women during their collegiate journey by encouraging the development of substantial relationships with Black faculty, staff and Alumni. The program is also intended to sustain retention and increase graduation rates by creating a net of support and awareness. We are our sisters' keepers!

African-American Resources Center

AARC is a resource center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pennsylvania with a particular focus on those of African descent. Any person associated with the university may use our free and confidential services as needed. Our services include advocacy, counseling, information & referral, workshops and informational sessions, and many advertised events throughout the year.

Greenfield Intercultural Center
Phone:  (215) 898-3358

The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center is Penn's resource for enhancing student's intercultural knowledge, competency, and leadership through our programs, advising, and advocacy. The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center was established in 1984, in response to the 1978 United Minorities Council's call for a campus center for minority students. Under the direction of the founding Director Rene Gonzalez, the Greenfield Intercultural Center's mission was twofold: to provide support for student of color and to foster intercultural understanding on campus.  In addition to fostering intercultural understanding, the center was home to four major communities and helped establish ethnic heritage months and programs to celebrate the rich heritages of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American communities. Known fondly as the "GIC," the Greenfield Intercultural Center is more of a home than an institution. We provide a safe space for intercultural dialogue and interaction with students, faculty, staff and visitors from around the globe.

UPenn Women’s Center
Penn’s Women’s Center is a resource for women of all backgrounds from arounds Penn’s campus for support. The center offers programs on career development, stress management, parenting, violence prevention, health and wellness alongside events highlighting women and female-identified writers, activists, artists and political and professional leaders. It is a great place to go if you are seeking support for any issue, and it is a confidential resource on campus. 

Beyond Arrests: Rethinking Systematic Oppression (BARS)

BARS is a campus organization affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. The goal of the organization is to start a national conversation about criminal justice reform among university students. This group encourages discussions outside of a classroom setting and focuses on topics relating to current events. By highlighting the intersections relating to criminal justice, such as race, gender and socioeconomic status, they demonstrate how bias functions in the criminal justice system. BARS engages in speaker series' and service initiatives to expand outreach and promote criminal justice reform.

Transcribez: Writing Group for Trans and Gender Non Conforming Youth
Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk

This is a monthly creative writing group open and free for youth aged 14-24 who identify as trans or gender non -conforming. The group meets second Saturdays during Penn's academic year, Noon to 2pm.


Philadelphia Resources

Petey Greene Program


The Petey Greene Program matches college students with nearby correctional facilities to tutor inmates and help them toward educational goals.

The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC)

The PPC works with previously incarcerated individuals to foster the skills necessary to advocate for themselves as well as connect them to a variety of relevant services. They run the Re-entry Think Tank, Women in Re-entry internship, and the People’s Expungement Clinic.  

The Philly Coalition for Racial Economic and Legal Justice (REAL) Justice


Philly Coalition is a Black led Coalition of action groups inPhiladelphia seeking racial, economic and legal justice for people of color & indigenous communities #PHLRealJusticeThis is a grassroots organization dedicated to bringing together community organizers and individuals to dismantle white supremacy and police terror across realms of racial, economic, and legal oppression.

WOAR:  Women Organized Against Rape is Philadelphia’s Rape Crisis Center



WOAR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence; they provide free counseling and specialized treatment services for women, men and children who have experienced any form of sexual violence. They also offer comprehensive prevention education programs and advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual assault.

Women Against Abuse
100 South Broad Street, Suite 1341, 19110

This non-profit agency is Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider, among one of the largest in the country.They provide many services; from telephone crisis counseling to long-term supportive housing with the first priority being survivor safety, autonomy, and dignity. They also have a legal center to offer legal aid in addition to educational programs for the community at large.

Books Through Bars

Books Through Bars is a West Philadelphia-based organization that distributes free books and educational materials to incarcerated people in the mid-Atlantic region.

Inmate Family Services
Is a resource for families that are affected by the prison system. It offers support groups for children, parenting classes while inside prison, transportation to prison for visiting, along with many more services.

Decarcerate PA

Decarcerate PA is a Philly based coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end mass incarceration and the harm it brings to our communities.

Womanist Working Collective

The Womanist Working Collective is a social action and support collective for Black womyn (cis and trans), femmes and gender variant folks. Their purpose is to center quality of Life and livelihoods through community organizing, philanthropy and self care.

Morris Home
4700 Wissahickon Ave, Suite 126,
Phila PA 19144

Morris Home provides a safe and recovery oriented environment for individuals in transition from one gender to another, or those with gender variants who may be coming from "the streets" and/or shelter programs.


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