Liberation from Within
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, NO! The Rape Documentary, and Healing in Denver, Colorado

Three days of events focusing on both eradicating gender-based violence and healing from gender-based violence, featuring Aishah Shahidah Simmons and her cultural work in Denver Colorado from June 7, 2012 - June 9, 2012.

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, ‘XicanIndie Thursday’ presents:

A screening and discussion of NO! The Rape Documentary, the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed, groundbreaking feature length documentary, which explores the international atrocity of rape and sexual violence through the first testimonies of Black women survivors, the scholarship, activism, and cultural work of African-American women and men.

The screening will be held at 7pm at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30pm

721 Sante Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Admission: $7 (Call Tanya for info on discounted & community tickets 303.296.0219)

On Friday, June 8, 2012, at Redline Denver, Aishah will read from her essay for the forthcoming anthology Queering Sexual Violence. A reception will follow the reading. There is also an exhibit “Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art.”

The reading will begin at 7pm.

2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, there will be a healing and activism retreat, which will focus on spiritual and ritual healing resources for women of color. This retreat, for women of color, will highlight the tools Aishah Shahidah Simmons has used and uses on her ongoing healing journey from victim to survivor; and Sofia Chavez Frederick who will (re)introduce participants to Curanderismo and Ancient Traditions.

The retreat will be held from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the University Park United Methodist Church, 2180 S. University Boulevard, Denver, CO 80210

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please contact: or call 303.931.9737

These three events are made possible through the support of:

  • Veterans of Hope
  • INCITE! Denver
  • Su Teatro
  • African American Studies Program at Metro State
  • Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center
  • Community Re-entry Project
  • Coy Cunningham Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Denver Center for Crime Victims
  • Ethnic Studies Department at University of Colorado, Denver
  • It Takes A Village
  • Rape Assistance and Awareness Program
  • Redline Denver