Friendship Activism

Friendship Activism

At the beginning of the year I was dreaming of what friendship activism could mean and do to make social change in our communities. I thought of plans and programs that could achieve goals around understanding our interconnectedness, our capacity…

Healing from Whiteness

Healing from Whiteness

On Healing Justice, they talk about how as white people we often move to solutions and action too quickly. This is seriously problematic. “It’s dangerous when we move from awareness to action and we don’t cycle back through grief, lament,…

Somatics in Anti-Racism Work

Somatics in Anti-Racism Work

Isa was upset this afternoon. A typical argument between six-year old’s ensued. What has me reflecting though is how we worked through it. We sat for several minutes with our feelings until we eventually decided to move our bodies. We…

Workshops for Building Racial Justice, Health Equity, and Inclusion

Workshops for Building Racial Justice, Health Equity, and Inclusion

Years before the protests I was examining the current capacity of OSU Extension to respond to the need for dialogue to promote racial understanding and healing. In 2019 I was fortunate to be invited by NC A&T University Extension to…

Motherhood is a Radical Tradition

Motherhood is a Radical Tradition

Motherhood is a radical tradition.   I am the mother of Isa, the daughter of Adina, the granddaughter of Susan, and the great granddaughter of Mary Lavonne. Our family in the States goes back to the 1800s in North Carolina….

Growing Food Justice

Growing Food Justice

While it is essential to address food security and food access, that work alone does not address systematic racism that permeates America’s food system. Driving Indigenous people off their land, enslaving Africans, the legacy of redlining, the plight of farm…

Turn to One Another: An Archive of COVID-19

Turn to One Another: An Archive of COVID-19

            Long before the coronavirus, Johnnie Jackson and I began wondering how friendship and principles of belonging could heal, repair, and restore communities. During COVID-19 we grounded ourselves in the meaningful work of collective care,…

Making Love Synonymous with Justice

Making Love Synonymous with Justice

Audre Lorde says we need to study how to be tender with one another. We can’t take for granted the importance of intimacy and love as we facilitate movement work. At the center of our organizing should be tenants of…

Healing in the In Between

Healing in the In Between

Community building is like waves that regress and digress on a shoreline. Never knowing where the start or finish is, our work is never resolved. Our efforts are less about perfection and better described as a continuum of trying with…

Hope As a Strategy, Ubuntu Is the Way

Hope As a Strategy, Ubuntu Is the Way

In this time of panic and era of uncertainty, we are tempted more than ever to believe in the lie of staying busy.  Self-improvement projects. The rush to break a news story on social media. The not so subtle nudges…