In Berkeley, the La Peña Cultural Center and the UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative hosted an open mic night on January 26 called “Empowering Women of Color Open Mic.” The event opened a three-show series intended to provide a safe space for women of color to express themselves. More than 300 people gathered to see 17 talented community members, headlined by featured artist of the night, Oakland writer and activist Aurielle Marie.
“I’m hoping is that tonight someone who has privilege of not experiencing sexual violence, or not experiencing racism says: ‘You know what? I need to wake up. I need to do better and I need to encourage the people around me to do better,'” she said.
The next two open mics will take place on February 9 and March 9.