Aisha Shillingford

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Aisha Shillingford


Aisha Shillingford is a Boston activist. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Aisha Shillingford is a freelance artist, trainer, facilitator and social change strategist who has been living in Boston for the past 16 years. With over 15 years of community organizing and program development experience in Boston, Aisha dreams of a day when we all believe that community really is the answer to every problem and when we are truly prefiguring the community we wish to see in our every day practices as change makers.

She received her BA in Environmental Analysis and Policy in 2002 from Boston University, an MSW in Macro Practice with a focus on Children, Youth, and Families in 2009 from Boston College, and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship in 2014 from Simmons College. Aisha gets her jollies building the cooperative movement and ending all oppression by working with the Boston Center for Community Ownership and palling around with the AORTA Collective. On an ordinary day she can be found riding her bike around the city, picking up trash for her found-object-art obsession, and sewing random articles of clothing and functional objects.

Aisha has completed the Art of Transformational Consulting Training, the Facilitative Leadership Training, and the Facilitative Leadership for Racial Justice training. Her biggest art inspirations include: El Anatsui, Ai Wei Wei, Basquiat. She is pretty excited about the role of mestizaje and creolization in fostering cultural shift and is trying to get free.[1]

Shillingford is now the Director of Organizing for the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative at the New Economy Coalition where she is working to develop a shared race and class analysis of the new economy and to build collective power among communities of color and low-wealth communities engaging in restorative economy work. Early on Aisha was conscientized on systems change work by her parents and gained her first formal community organizing experiences on the small island of Trinidad where she learned first hand the importance of facilitating the empowerment of community members in developing priorities for action that impacts their wellbeing.

An immigrant to the United States, Aisha earned her BA in Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University in 2002, and her Masters in Social Work in Community Organizing from Boston College in 2009. She recently completed her MBA in Social Entrepreneurship at Simmons College where she was a co-chair of the first annual Gender, Justice and Social Entrepreneurship Conference. She has worked extensively within Boston's communities and teaches Field Education at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. In her free time Aisha does 3-D collages with found objects, makes short films, cultivates a small garden, and rides her bike to far away places. Aisha lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with her partner and five housemates.

Freedom Road meeting

Spring 2015, the New York/New Jersey District of Freedom Road Socialist Organization sponsored a forum entitled “Ferguson: The Movement So Far and Lessons for Coming Struggles.” The first speaker was "our comrade", Montague Simmons, Chair of the legendary Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis.[2]

The meeting was held 39 Eldridge St,New York, 19 March 2015. Organized by Eric Odell.

A Discussion with Montague Simmons Chair of the Organization of Black Struggle – St. Louis and labor organizer

Loyda Colon Co-Director of the Justice Committee, a Latina/Latino-led organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City

Speaking for the first time in NYC since the police murder of Michael Brown, the chair of OBS, which played a major role in the Ferguson protests, discusses the new strategies, organizational forms and social forces that emerged there, and how the movement was sustained. Loyda Colon will reflect on the Justice Committee’s work organizing with families directly impacted by police violence, and will share their thoughts on the current movement in NYC.
Together they will share their thoughts on key questions for the movements against police abuse that are erupting around the country. How do we hold together broad united fronts with different generations, cultures, classes and political perspectives? What’s the role of anti-capitalists and socialists? What kind of policing reforms do we want and how do they relate to other issues in our communities, and to radical social transformation?[3]

Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included John McCarthy, Juliet Ucelli, Betty Yu, Lily Defriend, Wai Yee Poon, David Unger, Matthew Tinker, Ryan Briles, Enbion Micah Aan, Erick Moreno, Terry Marshall, Jesse Baboo, Daniel Tasripin, Anton Han Kiang, Starlitekid Cosmos, Clayton Nino Brown, Miguel Marrero-Bermudez, Joy Schulman, Jeanne D. Shaw, Mark Swier, Stephanie Zukasaka, Denise Chupacabral, Anne Mitchell, Emma Pliskin, Oriana Roeckraeyer, Lara Shepard-Blue, Karly Safar, Robina Rai, Man See Kong, Teresa Basilio, Aisha Shillingford, Adriana Cruz, Ofie Virtucio, Rivka Paradis, Katrina Cortes, Sharice Richards.[4]

Intelligent Mischief

Intelligent Mischief squad, as of December 2015;[5]

Deep Democracy Lab

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Movement Strategy Center May 19, 2017;

The beloved community of this week's Deep Democracy lab! #connection #courage #commitment <3 <3 <3 — with Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Ana Cecilia Perez, Tammy Johnson, Nwamaka Agbo, Alexis Flanagan, Rosie Abriam, Michael Scott Nine, Vanessa Nisperos, Tomas Garduno, Yalini Dream, Gerardo Marin, Calvin Williams, Miya Yoshitani, Judith LeBlanc, Anthony Giancatarino, Taj James, Byron Gudiel, Julie Quiroz, Victoria Benson, Kristen Zimmerman, Beth Glenn, Ariel Jacobson, Rosa Esperanza Gonzalez, Rachel Humphrey, Nanci Lee, Mimi Ho, Supriya Lopez Pillai, Dana Ginn Paredes, Kelly Miller, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Helen S. Kim, Jovida Ross, Aparna Shah, Aisha Shillingford, Sarah Quiroga and Jacqui Patterson.

""Introduction to Black feminism"

"Intro to Black Feminism" hosted by Sendolo Diaminah Cazembe Jackson, and Adrienne Maree Brown.

Tuesday, August 15 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group.

Sendolo Diaminah August 15, 2017;

Black people! Tonight my beloved sister Adrienne Maree Brown is leading a web discussion about Black Feminism as part of a series of Black August political education sessions hosted by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and BOLD.[6]

Those indicating they would attend on Facebook included Aisha Shillingford.

Black Ideological Struggle Webinar

Black Ideological Struggle: Radical, Liberal, Conservative Public · Hosted by Sendolo Diaminah and Cazembe Jackson

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group

Join Sendolo Diaminah for a conversation about why Black radicals can and must learn how to effectively engage liberal and conservative ideologies among our people.
September 2, 2017. Hey family! Here is the final recording from the Black August webinars! Sendolo Diaminah took lots of patience and creativity breaking down Black Ideological Struggle for us.[7]

Those expressing interest on Facebook included Aisha Shillingford.

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