I have been blessed to work with Deepa at Solidarity Summit for the past five years. She is a gifted facilitator, writer, activist and lawyer. In this podcast she speaks of the building blocks for real solidarity work. And how important it is to be grounded in your truth while understanding that there are many different perspectives. This is not an easy task. It takes a lot of self-reflection that we fail to build into our organizations or movements.
Everyone wants to feel like they belong. We can’t “other” people and then ask them to join us. We need spaces of belonging.
Meet my friend Anasa Troutman. CEO of Culture Shift Creative. A strategist and storyteller who is wise beyond her years. She radiates a deeply cultivated love. And she wields creativity as a path of transformation.
Here I interview Isoke Femi. Isoke, imaginal practitioner, primary facilitator and founder of Soul Matters, brings to the work more than 30 years of experience. She is co-founder of the Todos Alliance Building Institute and co-author of No Boundaries: A Manual for Unlearning Oppression and Building Multicultural Alliances.
Jay-Marie Hill is a musician and Founder of Music Freedom Dreams. They are currently organizing and fundraising for The Black Trans Bike Experience, which is a 5 day 160 mile bike ride for black trans and gender non-conforming riders. The ride will conclude in DC on September 28, just in time for the first Trans March on DC. This bike ride aims to deepen rider’s connection to body, mind, and spirit. Trans and GNC folks deserve more than just the ability to survive, they deserve joy and freedom. DONATE HERE
Meet Colette Pichon Battle, culture holder, bayou woman, community healer, fierce advocate. Listen to this voice of moral clarity coming from the front lines of climate change. Colette’s sense of urgency is matched by a deep wisdom of the heart. By her trust in the power of community, and by her belief that we can heal and rise together.
Next on the Podcast is this interview with Malia Lazu. Principal at the UrbanLabs, culture creator and brilliant strategist. You’ll learn about activating the power of cultural competency. We talk about how the work of diversity, equity and inclusion should be joyful. Not painful. Because it should feel great to be different together.
In our third episode I interview Nashira Baril. Nashira attended the Evolutionary Leadership Workshop in 2015. She came to work on her dream of building a birth center in Boston. Nearly four years later that dream is seeded and well on its way to bloom. Check out the birth center’s website here and listen in to learn more about this project, the meaningful implications of this work and how you can get involved.
In this episode I interview author Cyndi Suarez, who has just released The Power Manual, a book on how to master complex power dynamics. Cyndi is one of my dearest friends. And she has written a book for our time.
The social movements of our day have a conflicted relationship with power, endlessly deconstructing its evils while actively yearning for it. We forget that in any conflict the tendency is to become the mirror image of your opponent. There is great confusion between the struggle for power and the quest of liberation. Cyndi has written a comprehensive operations manual for living into the tension of these distinctions and quite literally enacting our way to freedom.