From Mourning to Action: A Resource List

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In her 2016 TED talk, “The Urgency of Intersectionality,” Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw concludes:

“The time now is to move from mourning and grief to action and transformation. This is something that we can do. It’s up to us.”

More and more, I see — in myself — how feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or hopeless are hallmarks of privilege. Connecting with resources, teachers, and programs whose work dives deep is a way of moving from mourning to action.

I’ve compiled a list of some places to start. PLEASE — share what you are reading, where/how you are learning, and what work you are doing either on your own or with others. Let’s be here for and with each other.

* EmbraceRace offers “Talking Race & Kids,” a FREE “monthly online series providing insight, resources and discussion on a range of topics related to race and children.” You’ll also find other programs and resources, such as children’s books and a place to donate, on the website.

* Leesa Renee Hall‘s Expressive Writing Prompts are incredible portals to unpacking your own identity and helping you “heal from internal and systemic oppression.” By becoming a patron, you can both support her work AND do your own.

* Andréa Ranae Johnson’s course Coaching as Activism is open now for registration. She writes: “If your work is service-based and facilitates any kind of transformation for people, businesses or communities, this program might be for you!” Andréa also blogs, has a podcast, works with people one-on-one, and is available for speaking engagements.

* Staci Jordan Shelton is a “performance consultant, breaker of chains, and paradigm shifter.” Her Unraveled groups are catalysts for deep personal and collective healing and change.

* The Venture Out Project offer transgender inclusion trainings and workshops for educators, organizations, and camps.

* Go beyond labels with Jackee Holder, life coach, trainer, writer, interfaith minister, published author, and creativity expert who creates space where people “really get to be heard.”

* Do a cooking or food apprenticeship with Candace J. Taylor. Among many other things, her work is devoted to “decolonizing our food practices and sacred cooking.”

* Become a patron of Layla Saad, who is “creating space to center the stories, art and magic of women of colour.”

* Follow and support the work of Alexis P. Morgan, creator of The Church of St. Felicia, who just announced “A Season of Maya: A Living Art Experiment” and whose work breaks new artistic, economic, and political ground.

* Schedule an astrology reading with Ariana Emunah Felix of Saltwater Stars.

* The Social Justice Intensive led by Desiree Lynn Adaway and Ericka Hines begins in April. The course will help participants “level-up their knowledge base, their activism, their civic engagement in response to what’s happening in our country.” I’m currently in Desiree’s year-long Freedom School and cannot say enough about how much I’m learning. (You can still sign up for Modules 3 and 4.)

* Alex Kapitan’s concept of Radical Copyediting flings open the door to looking hard at the way the language we use really matters.

* Follow Margo Stebbing‘s poetic fire as a Patron or read her work on Medium.

* Vanessa Mártir asks: “Have you wanted to write about your antagonistic relationship with your mother but don’t know how?” Her new online writing class, Writing the Mother Wound, begins April 23.

* Torrie Pattillo’s piece “Proof that the spiritual healing community, feminist leadership and personal growth industry is intrinsically toxic and racist” is, in the author’s words, “…not an essay, article or standard blog post. It’s a round-up of sorts. An educational tool. A healing tool. A bridge for revolution. This post contains an abundance of resources, specific examples for introspection, opportunities for self-coaching + journaling prompts and gives you a full overview of a major melt-down that occurred in the spiritual community recently.”

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“Why do you write like you’re running out of time?” These “Hamilton” lyrics often rush my thoughts and I feel their urgency. Times are urgent. Nothing any one of us does will ever be enough, nor can we say we care but do nothing. This work is collective and cumulative.

There is no perfect way to do any of this. But perfection is a well-worn weapon of patriarchy and white supremacy — and it’s time for us ALL to get free. Don’t wait another day.

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