from the racialized circulation of capital
Pledge of Refusal to Profit Professionally from #wanels and #manels
The voices that are heard are the ones that shape narrative, and narrative shapes reality.
I thus take the pledge:
I will decline invitations to sit on all-white panels (wanels).
I will decline invitations to sit on all-man panels (manels).
I will decline invitations to serve as the single, token marginalized voice in any opportunity that would be homogeneous along any dimension without my participation.
I will further demand proportionate if not priority representation of voices that continue to be excluded through white supremacy, cis-hetero-patriarchy, ableism, capitalism, caste, and other systems of oppression.
And, acknowledging that representation—while necessary—is insufficient, I will demand that all panels, presentations, and publications that I am part of or that I engage with embrace multiple ways of knowing, talking, and being in both style and substance, form and content.