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what we're up to
These are times of extreme amplification -- of climate violence, white supremacy, patriarchy, political corruption, capitalism, xenophobia, anti-LGBTQ hate, and more. Our lives depend on our ability to make significant, urgent, dramatic change in our society.
But working to change the world while neglecting ourselves and our immediate communities depletes us and replicates patterns of trauma, trigger, harm, and extraction. And "being the change we wish to see in the world" doesn't sufficiently dismantle the structures that are systematically dehumanizing us all either.
Folks have walked this path before us and are showing us a way to build differently. A few of those lineages and warriors for healing justice include: Cara Page & the KINDRED southern healing justice collective; the Black Lives Matter Network; Southern cultural organizing; the work of Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer, and disabled leaders at the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit; Faith Matters Network; Ayni Institute; and so many more folks whose work may not be named with these exact words but live the integration of spirit, love, and fierce changemaking.
Many of us hunger for a community to support the integration of self care, inner work, collective care, real commitment to challenging injustice, and powerful action, but just haven't found our people yet. We need a place to share our stories and struggles, to build trust and gain insight together, to strengthen the capacity for resilience in ourselves and in our collective movements for change.
Enter Healing Justice Podcast: an audio project to democratize access to inspiring stories, leaders, and practices to support our liberation. A story-mapping of the experiments of courageous and soulful change efforts thriving worldwide, sowing connection between us to build more of the deeply committed community we long for.
Stories of resilience and humanity in the struggle are part of the medicine we need, and this project aims to be a campfire around which we can gather to share the tales of our victories and pain, visionary ideas, and generative debates. We're starting with a podcast sharing a new conversation and accompanying practice each week, and building toward a network that can connect, equip, and support us for the long haul. Let's see where we go together.
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We are raising money to pay for the hosting costs, equipment, and bringing in a producer to support on some of the basic tech functions to jump-start the project. Can you donate a few bucks to help us cover start-up costs, or become a monthly sustainer? Kindly donate here.
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Let us know below in our INBOX what deeper questions you are wrestling with in your own work, what has impacted you so far, what you need support with, or who you want to hear from next. You can also literally share your voice on the show by donating and submitting a 60-second AFFIRMATION for anyone and anything you see as pertinent to the work of healing justice. Learn more & contribute your voice here!
a note on this section [under construction]
Many of these are live on the podcast now, and others are in the works. Please check out the podcast via the links to listen above to see our full list of available episodes - now nearing 75! Watch for this section to be updated with each episode and transcript in the coming months.
who we are
collaboration is central
Healing Justice Podcast is proudly run by a diverse team of volunteers from all over the US.
We are proud to partner with organizations like Mystic Soul Project, as well as all of our brilliant guests, to amplify their stories. Our amazing volunteers participate in visioning team strategy sessions, support on fundraising and organizational advising, share podcasting best practices, edit audio, offer their voices and wisdom to our conversations and practices, contribute their graphic design and music-making skills, mix and master the sound every week, and work behind the scenes on transcripts (coming soon). Many hands have gone into this first season of the podcast, and each one of those hands has made it exactly the beautiful resource that it is becoming.
Speaking of becoming, as we've lived through many experiments in this first season, we are also learning lots about our ever-growing configuration of our roles and team! We are currently taking a break between seasons to formalize and visibilize many of the people, teams, and roles that have been emergent in the creation of this project. Be patient with us as we move through those experiments behind the scenes ourselves, and plan to do a full website update soon celebrating the full village that it takes to bring you this resource. For now…
kate werning, director
Kate learned to organize with undocumented folks and youth of color in Milwaukee, working on campaigns for racial justice and immigrant rights. She co-facilitates workshops on collective wellbeing & transformation for social justice staff and leaders, is a Lead Trainer with Momentum, and served on the founding faculty of Liberation School. She studies with generative somatics, and centers interdependence in her trauma-informed yoga classes at Third Root. She's a founder of Hoop House collective home in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
Jillian Lane White, producer
Jillian is an Afro-Indigenous organizer and media maker living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on occupied Lenape land. Her political and artistic identity has been greatly influenced by the works of Queer Feminists of color like Gloria Anzaldúa, Barbara Smith, and Audre Lorde; multi-disciplinary creative documentarians like Zora Neale Hurston; and the many generations of ancestors and spirits that use(d) their creativity to ensure our collective survival.
Many collaborators have played critical supportive roles over the first year of this project. They have been adaptive, present, emergent, and generous. As we continue to formalize our advisor and collaborator structures, we are so grateful to you for the ways you have shown up!
teresa pasquale mateus
Teresa is a trauma therapist, trauma-conscious yoga and embodied care provider, and executive director/co-founder of The Mystic Soul Project - a people of color centered approach to contemplation, activism, and healing. She is author of Mending Broken: A Personal Journey Through the Stages of Trauma & Recovery and Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma. Teresa is a collaborator in leading Resilience for Changemakers workshops and is co-developing resources to correlate cycles of personal and trauma and resilience with the ups and downs of the phases of social change. More about Teresa here: www.teresapasqualemateus.com
Shawna is a gender justice advocate, mother of two girls, practitioner of living life wholly and helping other change-makers to do the same. She is bi-racial (African American/white Canadian), grew up in NY and VT, and has lived and worked in Cambodia and Afghanistan. She organized with immigrant and refugee women of color in the 90s, worked with the UN, and was Oxfam International’s Senior Gender Justice Lead for 7 years. She is currently an organizational development and leadership consultant with Gender at Work, and co-facilitates Brown Sugar Yoga for Folks of Color and workshops on collective wellbeing and resilience, including Resilience for Changemakers.
other advisors & co-conspirators
Special thanks to Sumitra Rajkumar, Shalini Somayaji, Ilana Lerman, Jacoby Ballard, Teo Drake, Ejeris Dixon, Cara Page, Susan Raffo, Carinne Luck, Jennifer Bailey, Micky ScottBey Jones, Casper ter Kuile, Carlos Saavedra, Macky Alston, Marcia Lee, Justin Campbell, Zach Meyer, Parke Ballantine, JD Davids, Myra Al-Rahim, Rachel Ishikawa, Cedar Landsmen, Lucien Demaris, Kirin Kanakkanatt, and many others for your generous and consistent advising, volunteering, support, and truth-telling. This project is a mirror being held up to our abundant and growing community, and any beauty that it reflects comes from you!