Virtual Community Series

Welcome to our community of passionate, engaged change-makers, story tellers, activists, and practitioners. Join us for a series of virtual gatherings where practice is our focus. Awareness, Story, Dialogue and Working with Difference support us in re/membering, envisioning and creating a more just future.

Braided Legacies, Sovereign Futures: Join CWC in practice with Stephanie Morningstar and Leah Penniman on December 11th

Join us for our next Virtual Community Series call on December 11th at 12pmPT/3pmET, as we continue our conversation on Black and Indigenous Solidarity, looking at some of the tremendous visionary work being done to address reparations, repatriation, and sovereignty on land.  We are so grateful to be joined by Stephanie Morningstar and Leah Penniman!

Stephanie Morningstar (Oneida Nation, She/Her, They/Them) is an herbalist, soil and seed steward, scholar, student, and Earth Worker. Stephanie is dedicated to decolonizing and liberating minds, hearts, and land- one plant, person, ecosystem, and non-human being at a time. Stephanie is the Executive Director and Resources, Relationships, and Reciprocity Co-Director of the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust; grows medicines and food for her community at Sky World Apothecary & Farm; and teaches QTBIPOC about the wonders of plant medicine at Seed, Soil, + Spirit School.

Stephanie carries with her over a decade of community-driven systems change work in the healthcare, legal, and academic research spaces where she cut her teeth on speaking Truth to Power. Her work advancing sovereignty in the Healthcare, Child Welfare, and legal systems with and for Indigenous communities has resulted in mandating Indigenous Cultural Safety training to service providers; Indigenous Dispute Transformation frameworks; and meaningful and ethical Indigenous-driven research in climate change. She serves BIPOC land stewards and farmers in the Northeast as the Executive Director and Resources, Relationships, and Reciprocity Co-Director at the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust.

Leah Penniman (li/she/ya/elle) is a Black Kreyol farmer/peyizan, mother, soil nerd, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As Co-Director and Farm Manager, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs – including farmer training for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system.

Leah has been farming since 1996, holds an MA in Science Education and a BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Leah trained at Many Hands Organic Farm, Farm School MA, and internationally with farmers in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. She also served as a high school biology and environmental science teacher for 17 years. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Grist 50, and James Beard Leadership Award, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land is a love song for the land and her people.  

Thank you for joining us in virtual community. Register here for our upcoming call, December 11th, 2020 at 3pmET/noonPT!

Yoga Practice with Kavitha Rao

Kavitha writes, “Fall has always been a hard season for me, but Fall 2020 is shaping up to be an especially intense one. Climate catastrophes, anti-black violence, obscenely growing economic inequities, the election, the pandemic…there’s a lot to feed our fear and anxiety during a time when our creativity and flexibility are so needed.”

Our fall yoga session has concluded. Below are recordings of earlier practice sessions drawing on qi-gong, yoga, and Ayurveda. These recorded classes focus on strengthening the lungs and working with emotions like grief, anxiety, fear and rage.

April 19 Session Recording

June 20 Session

Previous Gatherings

November 20th Poetry and Possibility with Kim Shuck and Maurisa Thompson, hosted by Delma Jackson. Watch the Recording Here!

October 30th Healing, Self-care and Ceremony with Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) and Enroue ‘Awo Onigbonna’ Halfkenny, in conversation with Delma Jackson. Recording not posted.

September 25th Somewhere Between Lenape and Wakanda with Dr. Shadiin Garcia and Dr. Claudia Ford, in conversation with Delma Jackson. Watch the Recording Here!

August 21st Community Dialogue- Barriers to Black/Indigenous Solidarity with Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) and Delma Jackson. Watch the Recording Here!

July 17th Community DialogueSound Healing with vocalist, composer, & sound healer gina Breedlove (no recording available for this session)

June 19th Community Dialogue – Liberation with Lillie Pearl Allen and Delma Jackson. Watch the Recording Here!

June 5th Community Dialogue –  Drawing Breath with educator, agitator, and visual artist Dr. Yohana Junker (no recording available for this session)

May 15th Community Dialogue – Seeding Freedom with Naima Penniman. Watch the Recording Here!

May 1st Community Dialogue – WORKERS UNITE featured Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, development director for United We Dream; and Josh Carrera, project coordinator for MayDay Space (no recording available for this session)

April 17th ZOOM in on Creativity featured musicians, artists and activists Anne and Pete Sibley and Taij Moteelall. Watch the recording HERE!

April 3rd Community in Practice featured Pat McCabe (no recording available for this session)