SWANA Alliance is a U.S.-based national organization fighting for the liberation of South West Asian and North African peoples.
What is SWANA?
S.W.A.N.A. is a decolonial word for the South West Asian/ North African (S.W.A.N.A.) region in place of Middle Eastern, Near Eastern, Arab World or Islamic World that have colonial, Eurocentric, and Orientalist origins and are created to conflate, contain and dehumanize our people. We use SWANA to speak to the diversity of our communities and to forward the most vulnerable in our liberation.
Who are SWANA people?
We invite all members of our communities of the South West Asian and North African region, including but not limited to: Kurds, Nubians, Sudanese, Armenians, Circassians, Arabs, Iranians, Druze, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Turks, Yazidis, Azeris, Turkmen, Afghans, Copts, Imazighen, and other identities and their intersections. In the spirit of Third World feminism, we do not believe our struggles are the same, but rather rooted in our difference we ask the question-- can we show up for each other in the face of white supremacy, imperialism, heteropatriarchy and capitalism? We practice not solidarity but joint struggle rooted in our differences.
We want to build power together.