The Rising Tide was launched as a think tank for Florida’s Grassroots Feminist Collaboration. Seeking to address isolation and fissures within movement culture, build authentic communities, and develop the leadership of femmes throughout the state of Florida, the program is conceptualized as a sociopolitical “lab,” to embolden the radical shift taking place in Florida’s movement ecology.
As a program within FLIC, The Rising Tide is co-lead by womxn leaders from Central Florida Jobs with Justice, Dream Defenders, Faith in Florida, Family Action Network Movement, formerly known as Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami/Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Miami Workers Center, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida and SEIU, among others and is informed by a Grassroots Feminist analysis.
We know that when local movements of womxn rise up, pathways to change are created and non-patriarchal leadership is made possible. We know that shifting the values of politics in Florida starts with grounding ourselves in a collective process of healing, re-imagining and actively recreating systems of power. The Rising Tide engagement and activation events include a Florida specific Feminist Organizing School, supporting an annual Femmetorship cohort, co-hosting an International Webinar Series for political education, and co-anchoring social impact and popular education events.