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The need runs deep

Our lives depend on our ability to make urgent, dramatic, liberatory change in our society. But many models of activist culture deplete us and replicate patterns of trauma, harm, oppression, and workaholism. We’ve lost too many of our visionary leaders to disillusionment, exhaustion, depression, and infighting.

We are the strategy

“People power” means that we are our own most precious resource. We cannot afford to burn ourselves and each other out. If we want to welcome enough people to our movements to really transform our world, we have to make the experience of participating sustainable, healing, and irresistible.

Let’s transform movement culture

We are a community supporting each other to integrate self and collective care with powerful action for social justice. We learn from many lineages, and connect and visibilize stories, methodologies, & people to strengthen the capacity for resilience in ourselves and our movements for change.

Since 2017, our podcast has shared conversations and accompanying practices with over 800,000 downloads worldwide. Welcome to the movement resilience archives.


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Book Club 📚

Join a global community of learning & practice for a quarterly collective reading at the intersection of social justice and healing. Members get:

  • An exclusive 30% off discount code for all your purchases at AK Press

  • Healing Justice Podcast episode on the book

  • Discussion guide to host your own gathering

  • Interactive virtual hangout this fall with Nora Samaran and other contributing authors to ask your own questions and dive deeper

  • Access to materials from our previous selection, Pleasure Activism, including a discussion guide & recording from our virtual hangout with adrienne maree brown

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currently reading:


Turn This World Inside Out:
The Emergence of Nurturance Culture
by Nora Samaran & contributors

This quarter’s Book Club is sponsored by our friends at AK Press. Support a movement publisher by using promo code PODCAST for
15% off your order at akpress.org


Meet the Team


Kate Werning, Director

Kate learned to organize with undocumented folks and youth in Milwaukee on campaigns for immigrant rights and racial justice. She facilitates workshops on collective wellbeing for social justice leaders, is a Lead Trainer with Momentum, and served on the founding faculties of Movement School & Liberation School. Kate studies somatics, teaches trauma-informed yoga classes at Third Root, and is a founder of Hoop House collective home.

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Whitney Spencer, digital organizer

Whitney is an educator & multimedia storyteller from Louisville, Kentucky. In her practice, she works to privilege the voices & culture of marginalized people whose intellectual production has eluded the thresholds of creation and genre, especially youth activists in Chicago where she resides. Most recently, she’s focused on developing skills to engage and organize communities through the use of digital tools.

Jhaleh Akhavan, producer

Jhaleh is an audio producer and multimedia narrative artist, raised in the Pacific Northwest. Jhaleh records living histories as a facilitator with StoryCorps, participates in the work of orgs like War Resisters League, and develops audio documentary trainings & workshops with youth, elders, and storytellers of many veins.


access team

Over 40 volunteers worldwide participate in the Access Team to integrate a disability justice lens in this project, including creating and editing transcripts for every podcast episode (coming soon). Thank you to our competent & caring Access Team Coordinator, Erika Wolf.

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production team

Production Team volunteers edit and master audio, manage our production flow, and lead on design and web. Thank you to Zach Meyer, Rachel Ishikawa, Sonja Hanson, Katie McCutcheon, Jacob White, Myra Al-Rahim, Parke Ballantine, Guido Girgenti, Josiah Werning, and more.


shawna wakefield, advisory circle

Shawna works to advance gender and economic justice, feminist leadership, organizational change, and collective care and resilience globally. She is co-creating Women Human Rights Advancers, a transnational, intergenerational lab for learning and exchanging embodied feminist leadership practices for individual and collective transformation. She is a trauma-informed yoga instructor and mother of two girls.


maura bairley, advisory circle

Maura works as an Interdependent Consultant supporting leaders and organizations to live their values and practice for liberation. Her facilitation, strategy and coaching work is rooted in 25+ years in the movement(s) to end violence against all women and girls, queer liberation, and racial justice. A native San Franciscan, Maura makes her homes in the Bay and Brooklyn with her partner, college-bound son and chosen family.


Kirin Kanakannatt, advisory circle

Kirin is a militant femme, queer first gen Desi & midwestern pal. She loves cooking, dancing and laughing. Her superpowers are resource mobilization, experiential learning training and transformative conflict facilitation. You can find Kirin @kirin_rosemary or on a dance floor near you!


ilana lerman, advisory circle

Ilana is a queer, white, Ashkenazi Jew raised in a middle-class Milwaukee home. 10 years ago, lyme disease and her father’s fatal cancer sparked a healing journey that included herbalism training and a commitment integrate spirit in organizing. She is the Spiritual & Cultural Life Organizer at Jewish Voice for Peace, and a co-organizer of Let My People Sing! Liberatory Jewish Singing Retreats.

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shalini somayaji, advisory circle

Shalini is a child of immigrants from India and grew up in Nashville, TN. She has over 18 years of experience in social justice work, specifically around gender justice & gender-based violence within immigrant communities. She is currently a leadership coach for nonprofit leaders striving to make a bigger impact with more joy and ease.


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