21 Spiritual Resistance: Bridging Organizing & Healing — Francisca Porchas Coronado

This week we’re talking with Francisca Porchas Coronado. We talk about healing traditions in immigrant Latinx communities, the resilience of undocumented folks in the face of loss and grief, tending to pain politically and personally, community ritual, and her spiritual path in IFA. She’s got some specific challenging asks for organizers and healers, too, so listen in!

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About our guest

Francisca Porchas Coronado is a Mexican immigrant, Chicana, Latinx, feminist, and anti-racist organizer with over 15 years of organizing experience. As former Organizing Director of Puente Human Rights Movement in Phoenix, she has been one of the leading voices against deportations and immigrant detention in the country. As a 2017 Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, Francisca founded Healing In Resistance, a wellness project centering the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of immigrant communities in the fight against criminalization. She has been initiated into the ancient, indigenous Yoruba tradition of IFA for over a decade and is currently a priestess in training.

Resources

Resistencia Ancestral / Ancestral Spiritual Resistance Zine you can download for free from Mijente: https://mijente.net/2017/11/02/ancestral-spiritual-resistance-zine/

Referred to in this episode: Puente AZMijenteFavianna RodriguezMelanie CervantesCulture/Strike, poet Mayda de Valle

Practice: Daily Gratitude Prayer in English / Rezo Diario de Gratitud in Spanish

Check out the corresponding practices to experience a simple and powerful prayer with Francisca in English and Spanish.

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