Events & Panels
Arts & Democracy cross pollinates culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. We support cultural organizing and cross-sector collaborations; raise the visibility of transformative work; connect cultural practitioners with activists, organizers, and policymakers; and create spaces for reflection. Arts & Democracy puts arts and culture on agendas where it hasn't been before, connects artists, cultural organizers, and activists who wouldn't otherwise know each other, and creates the connective tissue and generative environment needed for cross-sector collaboration to succeed. Fabliha has been working as a youth community organizer since early 2019 and focuses on cultivating a safe space for the immigrant youth to creatively express themselves.
Kensington's Jar of Hearts Open Mic
My partner, Aamnah Khan, and I realized there are lack of safe spaces where the young residents of Kensington can creatively express themselves. We organized + hosted, in collaboration with Arts & Democracy, Kensington's first open mic.11 performers from different backgrounds shared stories, sang, and read their own poetry about their experiences with love, family, battling homophobia, and self-love.
I organized a zine workshop with Zahin and Arts & Democracy for the immigrant youth in Kensington. I educated young teenagers and children on the history and importance of zines. We also led an arts and crafts activity where they created their own zine!
#metoo workshop x malikah
My partner, Aamnah Khan, and I organized a workshop for Arts & Democracy in collaboration with Malikah, a healing justice self-defense training program for Muslim women. We focused on how the #MeToo movement in Western countries has excluded the narratives of women of color and how it has influenced the rest of the world. We also made a timeline of events/eras where women have faced violence in countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, and China to create a larger discussion on the importance of honoring our ancestral history.
NOCD-NY YOUTH VOICES FORUM 2019
Aamnah Khan and I were invited to a citywide youth forum, "Youth Voices 2019", hosted by NOCD-NY, in collaboration with No Longer Empty, El Puente, THE POINT, and University Settlement to lead our own session.
Aamnah Khan and I led a writing workshop and a presentation on what cultural programming looks like in Kensington, Brooklyn + educated the youth on the problems we face as a community. We asked participants what neighborhood means to them and how to create a safe space where folks can creatively express themselves.
A QUEST FOR HOME WRITING WORKSHOPS SERIES
Aamnah Khan and I co-organized a series of writing workshops, A Quest for Home, at the Open Source Gallery with Roohi Chowdhury for Arts & Democracy. We created a safe space for the South Asian diaspora to grow as writers while focusing on home, identity, and mythology.
Kensington's annual iftar
I shared a spoken word piece called Home at Kensington's Annual Iftar where neighbors of different backgrounds came together to support the Muslims in Kensington by breaking fast for the holy month of Ramadan. I talked about my identity as a Bangladeshi woman in America and the difficulties of feeling displaced in both my ancestral home and the land I currently live in.
I also openly discussed in front of Councilman Brad Lander, aunties, uncles, and my white neighbors about racism, predatory uncles in the Bangladeshi community, and judgemental aunties. I wanted to use the power of poetry to create awareness about the hardships of being a first-generation brown woman in America.
a quest for home zine launch party
After co-facilitating a six-week writing workshop series for the South Asian diaspora, I organized and edited a zine, A Quest for Home, with the 9 participants.
I hosted and organized a night to celebrate the zine launch as well as performed with the zine participants. It was a wonderful night of poetry, solidarity, and love.
TURNING POINTS OPEN MIC
I organized and hosted an open mic alongside Hannah Henderson-Charnow and Ellen Lippmann for Arts & Democracy. The theme of the night was resistance, social justice movements, and honoring our ancestors. We wanted to target specifically the youth as young people have always been at the forefront of every social justice movement and protest.
Fabliha founded the South Asian Queer + Trans Collective on July, 2019. SAQTC is a grassroots collective based in New York City that strives to amplify the voices of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean lgbtq+ diaspora and provide a safe space.
Forbidden dreams panel
As the founder of the South Asian Queer + Trans Collective, I organized and hosted a gathering and panel, "Forbidden Dreams". We had four panelists with different gender identities, sexual orientations, and nationalities to discuss their journey being part of the lgbtq+ community while being brown and chasing their dreams.
Sorjo Magazine is an international online platform for and by the unconventional. It is a home for those who feel like an outcast and yearns for a community where they can be themselves.
Sorjo has contributors from all over the world with a variety of content from art, poems to personal stories. The platform was first released on September of 2017, but already has more than 100,000+ views internationally. Our publication is also in partnership with Adolescent Content.
We believe in creating authentic representation for marginalized identities and embrace the notion of inclusivity. Sorjo offers a home where each individual can shine bright and express their radiant selves.
expectations of womxn of color
sorjo mag x sadie nash
I collaborated with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, an organization that promotes leadership and activism among young women.
In this workshop, I put up several magazines covers to show how the expectations of how women should look like/act have affected our lives as women of color. We then had a discussion with the intelligent young women about how magazines profits off our insecurities to benefit capitalism.
In my time during quarantine, I have continued to organize and host events virtually:
Iftar and performances by Muslimah poets and writers for Arts & Democracy