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FEMININE EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT SLAM TOURNAMENT October 20 and 21, 2018. Free admission to the pre-trials that will be held at Friends Meeting at Cambridge on Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 to 10:00pm and Sunday, October 21, from 2:00 to 6:00pm. All genders, races, origins, sexual orientations, abilities, religions etc. welcomed and appreciated. Mic is reserved for celebrating feminine voices. You can compete, be a festival participant, host a team or volunteer.

The finals will be held Sunday, October 21, at 6:00pm at First Parish in Cambridge (Unitarian Universalist), 1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, admission $12.

Overnight hosts are needed for visiting team. Sign up on the website for host registration. Learn more about F.E.M.S. here.

If you would like to volunteer for a two-hour shift during the tournament as an FMC host, sign in at https://tinyurl.com/y7j5qtky. Contact person Betsy Roper at forj@fmcquaker.org. We’d love to have you!

Slam is a game where poets read or recite their original work either individually or in groups in front of an audience. The FEMS Tournament has been connected to Friends Meeting at Cambridge since Zenaida, Quaker Voluntary Service Alumni Fellow and Recruiter, fiercely needed a poetry space for feminine people. With the help of Friends for Racial Justice (FORJ), Zenaida’s spiritual nurturer, Patricia Wild, and a clearness committee, the tournaments’ inaugural slam in October 2017 was an incredible success filled with lessons and poets from around the country and Canada competing. In mission and in practice FEMS firmly aligns with the Quaker testimonies of Integrity, Equality and Community. In integrity FEMS is a community that centers marginalized voices. Poets gather to slam in the community FEMS has fostered to acknowledge, unlearn, and purge the toxic power dynamics that make the poets artistic homes hostile. In this space poets literally speak their truths about race, gender, sexuality, and the impact of all of these social justice issues upon their lives. FEMS aligns with the testimony of equality centered on the feminine. Everyone is invited to, and welcome at, all FEMS events. FEMS is for everyone and everyone has a place here. FEMS upholds the feminine in all people. But not everyone belongs on the stage. Those who identify with the struggles and/or experiences of being a feminine person are given the spotlight here.

The FEMS community is a radically inclusive one, building bridges across age, sexuality, immigration status, class, international border, and gender in all its expressions.