Saida Agostini is a poet, advocate and movement builder. She is the Chief Operating Officer for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, a survivor artist collective dedicated to resisting rape culture. Saida brings with her over a decade of experience in program management, clinical work, and policy advocacy with communities of color, LGBTQ folks, and survivors of violence. She has developed and directed community, statewide and national programs, including an emergency shelter for youth in crisis. The founder of the Rooted Collective, a liberatory gathering of Black LGBTQ people to define, dream, and expand on the ways we heal from oppression, she is committed to building peer driven healing spaces for people of color. Most recently, Saida directed a broad based statewide LGBTQ youth policy coalition that won notable advancements in education, juvenile justice and foster care. A published poet and writer, Saida’s work has been featured in the Black Ladies Brunch Collective’s anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, the Baltimore Sun, pluck!, The Delaware Poetry Review and other publications. Saida has received fellowships in support of her leadership and poetry from Core Align, Leeway Foundation, Cave Canem and other foundations.
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative activist collaboration to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. FORCE designs communications campaigns to generate media attention and millions of people talking. Nationally known for producing large-scale public art projects, FORCE believes that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and envision a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent.