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:
Stephanie Morningstar and Leah Penniman,
January 22nd, 2021 12pmPT/3pmET
We will welcome in the new year with a grief-transformation ceremony, led by two holders of tremendous visionary work being done to address reparations, rematriation, and sovereignty on land. We are so grateful to be held in that space 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.
Register Here for Braided Legacies, Sovereign Futures with Stephanie Morningstar and Leah Penniman, January 21, 2021, 12pmPt/3pmET.
Previous session: Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot — a Year in Review: Black/Indigenous solidarity, COVID-19, Presidential Politics, and Mass Movements, with Delma Jackson and Shadiin Garcia
Friday December 11th at 12pmPT/3pmPT.
Fall series host Delma Jackson, III and Dr. Shadiin Garcia returned in conversation, connecting Black/Indigenous solidarity to the broader events and movements of 2020. We held space for folks to reflect on this year we’ve had, and Delma and Shadiin introduced their upcoming podcast, Dive-In Justice. You can find Delma’s latest blog post here.
Thank you for joining us in virtual community.
Yoga Practice with Kavitha Rao
Kavitha writes, “Fall 2020 has been 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.
September 23, 2020 Session Recording This class is dedicated in loving memory to friend and visionary leader Elandria Williams who passed into the realm of our ancestors hours before this class. As Peoples’ Hub wrote in their beautiful tribute letter, “Their life was a testament to the collective, to claiming space and creating space for Black, Southern, disabled, queer, elders, youth and more…Elandria was the Black Radical Imagination embodied.” #ElandriaTaughtUs
December 11, 2020 Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot — a Year in Review: Black/Indigenous solidarity, COVID-19, Presidential Politics, and Mass Movements, with Delma Jackson and Shadiin Garcia. Recording available soon.
November 20th, 2020 Poetry and Possibility with Kim Shuck and Maurisa Thompson, hosted by Delma Jackson. Watch the Recording Here!
October 30th, 2020 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.
July 17th, 2020 Community Dialogue – Sound Healing with vocalist, composer, & sound healer gina Breedlove (no recording available for this session)
June 5th, 2020 Community Dialogue – Drawing Breath with educator, agitator, and visual artist Dr. Yohana Junker (no recording available for this session)
May 1st, 2020 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 3rd, 2020 Community in Practice featured Pat McCabe (no recording available for this session)