Moonly Newsletter

Centering blackness

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Beauties,

Moon Phase: Waning Moon
Sun Phase: before Summer Solistice

Music: Battle Cry by Angel Haze featuring Sia
Prayer: May the world remember us when the rallies wane.

As you may know we are steadily making herbal medicine to keep our community in wellness.

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As we approach a decade of service we are shifting our focus from Indigenous Turtle Island Communities to people of the Afrikan diaspora. This is an attempt to continue my personal inner growth as an Afrikan descendant and as an advocate for all People Of Heritage. In another decade we will shift our focus once again continuing to highlight the excellence in our community.

We welcome this shift in alignment with the rallies calling out police brutality and anti-black racism. We are in solidarity with this community and encourage you to SAY THEIR NAMES – Demetrius Shankling, Lauren Gothelf, George Floyd…

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We observe Yoruba New Year (June 3) and Festival of Ọrúnmilà / Ifá (June 7) marking the 10,062th year of the west Afrikan Yoruba culture. We will celebrate Juneteenth (June 19)and invite you to celebrate with us, whatever that means to you! Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.

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Our action plan:

– Collect and rematriate Seeds of the west African diaspora
– Grow Heritage Seeds collectively using west Afrikan Indigenous farming methods
– Offer mental health and wellness to those in proximity to blackness
– Prioritize requests made by African descendants
– Celebrate pan-Afrikan holidays

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Thank you for valuing People Of Heritage and the work we do to keep our community in wellness. Donations are matched dollar for dollar and go towards cultural revitalization and spiritual tending.

Truth Report

 

Medicine Making Station

 

May you start and end mindfully. A reminder this is heavy work tied to generational trauma, if emotions arise for you stop and address them. Continue again intentionally when you are ready! Thanks for taking this on.

 

 

 

Music: My People Come From The Land By: Frank Waln,

Prayer:  May we remember who we are and go boldly. 

From direct requests from our community we enter our 10th year of service and programming. We are a BY US, FOR US People Of Heritage focused grassroots organization. We also refer to ourselves with terms like People Of Colour, People Of Culture, and the Global Majority.

Long before this virus there was racism- a global pandemic. capitalism-is-a-virus-colonialism-is-a-plague-663x1024

Over this decade, I, kuwa jasiri Indomela, have stewarded this organization while houseless and experiencing housing insecurity. Much of our work was supporting those in Nucchu Territory, “Durango, Colorado” and on the Dine’ Reservation. Due to my own negative experiences in “Durango” I have since relocated much of our solidarity network temporarily to Arapaho Territory, “Boulder” although we still have a vibrant connection to programming in Nucchu Territory.

My Ancestry has been waiting for someone with my strength to carry their name.” – Bola Juju

Durango” is a rural mountain town where we occupy 13.16% of the residency while 20% of us live below the poverty line while our white neighbours average 95,000$ in net worth. In general, national hate crimes are on the decline but increased 16% in 2018 in “Colorado”; this may be tribute to the regional Klu Klux Klan headquarters in “Bayfield” that is still very active and sends recruits to Fort Lewis College in “Durango” where the suicide rate is 3 times the national average corresponding with inflated rates of mental illness and depression. We have about twenty public People Of Heritage focused organizations although few focus solely on health equity – like we do- they usually pop-up and fade out due to lack of centralized efforts or are college campus based and geared towards students who tend to leave the community.

Upon request we are adding a feature to this newsletter a truth reporting platform to amplify the narratives of our community. For you and other folks in the community that want to share your story and receive validation in a way that centers autonomy and safety. 

In general, accountability is important to us along with transparency, so we want to be upfront about what we have in place to hold harmful people and establishments accountable. In general we offer mediation for restorative justice processes along with truth reporting, filing complaints, advocates trained in harm reduction, and a suicide crisis hotline. 

If you are seeking comfort you will not find truth, if you are seeking truth you will find comfort.” -Unknown

For the past 6 years many families we support, in particular those demanding respect, experience recurring instances of racism, sexism, genderphobia, classism and silencing where restorative justice circles were dismissed or used to further systems of power. Writing and reporting their stories here is a way to outlet the truth. Truth puts these families in greater risk of harm and harassment from the white gaze, so private details like names of people and places are kept, just that, private. 

To advocate for others I had to face my own trauma. My lowest moment in this town was when I was making Art Modeling my career. I proposed two galleries show works of my genderqueer brown body. The truth is both venues canceled their showings of me two days before opening night after two months of planning. I still carry that rejection – truly so may my children – from a town I wanted to grow old in. I have since moved physically out of that area to focus on myself and receiving validation. I stay rooted in the social network I nurtured while a resident. 

We value supporting people directly, in inspiring ways that allow them to shine authentically. This Incidents Report in a labour of love, passion, hope, and truth.
Privilege
is rampant, worse yet unchecked privilege. Which has been fueling a campaign designed to demonize houseless folks such as the Sit Lie Act which prevents folks from lingering in public spaces.

Courage WillowMany folks we support are parents that have to navigate the 9-R School District so their youth can receive a free education. This district is known for using restorative justice processes to assert their power and disproportionately suspend young men of color.

Durango” claims to be a sanctuary town for immigrants even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an office, holding cells and targets folks at their homes and jobs.

Durango Natural Foods Cooperative, decided to do nothing, after several reports of harassment and a direct request to deny service to abusive white males. Although the Deli has agreed to stop serving these problematic members of the community.

Trauma becomes ailments in our bodies. Health care and mental health professionals tell us to “develop a better skill set for people who are harming your life”. A clear indicator that they think we are the problem instead of the folks causing harm.

dear friend, [when] you are feeling angry or hopeless try to remember why we are here. Take a break, breathe and we will hold your spot. We will persist together. We are here. And we are not leaving. Remember that keeping your heart soft is a radical form of resistance and even more powerful, persistence. -Liana Rios

At government assisted apartment complexes, there are neighbors (white men), who say “stay in your lane”, “watch your body” or else, “nigger”. The apartment staff continues to ignore ongoing reports of abusive neighbors by several tenants for the past 10 years.

The Southwest Center for Independence specializes in disability justice although has over the years failed to support their clients of heritage sustain housing and employment.

This disrespectful behavior continues when threats escalate and the local Police Department is called. They are always a last resort for few instances, like robbery, physical threats, breaking and entering. The cops respond with “what do you want me to do” and “we do not like being called for domestic abuse”. We have many reports of law enforcement officers racially profiling, refusing to open cases, failing to investigate facts, inaccurately recording details and an increase of undercover cars.

The Herald, a local newspaper, routinely omits the narratives of our community of culture instead centering only whiteness.

Across the board, people, spaces, organizations, and institutions fail to report incidents, follow through with reports, or center marginalized folks, and too often side with abusers, systemic oppression and the status quo. More often the outspoken folks of culture and houseless folks are the ones that receive this extremely negative treatment.

Access Health Crisis hotline has men responding to emergencies involving toxic masculinity and takes over 50 minutes to respond to callers. To use this free health care it takes 3 attempts to schedule appointments.

Where is the integrity “Durango”? If you thought differently we want to ensure you know “Durango” is NOT safe for the global majority. There is however a group of folks making space for us and continuing to warrior for truth. We are fatigued and are demanding Allies to help us. 

We know the all so real generational treatment of our peoples. A trauma of physical harm without repercussions, accountability nor justice. Grape hyacinth

Being offered these exclamations “Bitch, Psycho, Cunt, Nigger” while parents hold hands with their children around the neighbourhood. A reminder hatred is taught by example. 

*We ask that you pray for these members of our community. 

As much as ever this report shows why the need for our BY US, FOR US model is so necessary and truly one of the few resources with follow through. 

This archive of truth is an opening for pale (white) folks to join our Ally team, offer resources as reparations and donate to our efforts.

Heart Meditation By: Detox Your Heart

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Thank you for valuing People Of Heritage and the work we do to keep our community in wellness. Donations are matched dollar for dollar and go towards cultural revitalization and spiritual tending.

 

Do-it-yourself zine publishing

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Beauties,

May the world receive my gifts. Genderqueer cover

Moon Phase: Waxing Half Moon
Sun Phase: beginning of Summer

Music: Lizzo – Scuse Me – I do my thing no apologies.

Since 2017 we publish zines. We have about seven zines in our collection and promote other zines made by the community.

Recently we made a video outlining our process and the avenues one can take to publish material. This video is in collaboration with Printed Matter, Incorporated a east coast bookseller.

Our zines are available at our online store. We did receive a grant from RaceBaitr to create a Shopify online store directly on our wordpress. Yippee!! So stay tuned for that future development.

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Thank you for valuing People Of Heritage and the work we do to keep our community in wellness. Donations are matched dollar for dollar and go towards cultural revitalization and spiritual tending.

 

Reparations As Self-Care

Reparations As Self-Care
By: kuwa jasiri IndomelaHibisco_public figure

Burnt out with approaching the noticeably ongoing oppression, especially those microaggressions happening in your community? Me too. I have exulansis-based fatigue.

As Amerikkkans, we have a chronic habit of shielding, and comforting oppressive peoples, and policies from their created atrocities. What many European-Americans fail to realize is that neglecting to call out an –ism keeps the focus on ignorance, and privileged domination instead of how the oppressed one(s) feel in the moment, and how to remedy their generational suffering.

This failure as a colonized society to listen, validate, and show up for marginalized identities is embedded in our story. From the lack of direct response during the call for Government Based Reparations palpable after the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to repatriation of Indigenous Turtle Islanders, to Marsha P. Johnsons need for police accountability. This normalization to avoid self, and institutional accountability can be witnessed now as a call out culture that mainly puts the onus on marginalized folks to educate the privileged causing harm. Far more than most privileged folks can fathom.

This is how I came to be burnt out from exulansis based fatigue.

A contrast to the grueling labour marginalized folks are forced to endure are methods to bring about the Age of Harmony. We imagine, actively live out, and educate others about Community Based Reparations, a ritual newly added to my self-care practices.

“…we can designate, dictate and deliver change ourselves. Not wait for politicians to grant us our humanity.” –Sumudzi and Anderson, As Black As Resistance

To abolish harmful practices, we must start within ourselves and our social circle. We as a community must hold each other, and our collective spaces accountable for oppressive actions, and behaviours. Part of this long-term process is the Community Based Reparations phase. Community Based Reparations are led by a marginalized person/group. I find most learning happens when the privileged ones come up with some potential Reparations so they can embody what heartfelt showing up through using their privilege to better others is like. All involved in the process agree upon the Reparations, the speed in which they are completed, and live them out together.

Community Based Reparations aide the mental, physical, and emotional wellness of marginalized folks while offering privileged folks space for deep reflection, and to practice how to respectfully, and tangibly support those marginalized in their community. Within this practice privileged folks debrief with their own support network NOT with marginalized folks.

Self-care to me is taking the necessary moments to tend to my wellbeing.

On my desk are MANY lists of things I want to accomplish, or merely need to complete to continue living. Then I have lists of my wildest dreams that rarely receives any attention. In my personal struggle to stay afloat, what gets neglected are the deeper aspects of self that make me thrive, which may also be a symptom of assimilation. Having people complete Community Based Reparations gives me an opportunity to get these deeper needs met quicker. Ever notice how drawn out the process for Government Based Reparations is? A reason many people in the movement experience burn out and lack of self worth.

I personally attempt to focus the Community Based Reparations I receive on cultural activities I long to experience. I get much joy out of this, although having someone do Reparations on my behalf is emotional, and can be draining, especially when they lack occiholism. Finding ways to clearly express my needs to someone that oppressed me can be challenging, with personal rewards beyond my imagination, once communicated.

Currently I am in the midst of three individuals offering me Reparations. I find that fully completing this process with someone/group is necessary before moving on to the next. Recently in my close friend group a rhetoric of, “Does that need Reparation(s)?” is coming up. What a sweet sound. I like that privileged folks are thinking about how our interactions affect me, and realizing that we experience the same situations in VERY different ways.

Keeping the Reparations tangible is necessary to ensure follow through. When holding governing systems accountable Reparations of free and full access to education, a guaranteed minimum livable income, or access to and control of food sources, housing, and land for all descendants of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade is available, and currently being demanded by Black Lives Matter and similar liberation groups. Although these are totally necessary aspects of living they may be more challenging for someone in our social circle to accomplish for us. I ask my community members for Reparations such as helping with my chores, home business, delivering my groceries, paying for my African dance lessons, and a melanated tarot deck. If your social circle has accumulated or generational wealth perhaps Reparations of job opportunities, vacationing, tutoring for your child(ren), and job specific tools are available.

Completing Reparations is done from the depths of ones heart using a full spectrum of resources. Be creative. The journey towards equanimity in a relationship is noticing and aiding the needs AND desires of marginalized peoples, autonomously, and collectively. If you are an acquaintance remember the process of fulfilling reparations makes you an accountable being not automatically a friend.

In this model there are two types of Reparations.

1. Completing 8 Reparations is for someone, or a group in your community that has oppressed you, and you want to build a mutually beneficial relationship towards equanimity through them being accountable for their behaviours, and actions. To a privileged audience this may seem like a lot, to a marginalized audience this will never be enough. The 8 are meant to discourage -isms from happening again, while building skills for privileged folks to live a more genuine lifestyle. I recommend always asking an acquaintance, an organization, the government, or a group for at least 8 Reparations.

2. Fewer Reparations can be agreed upon when the –ism creator is someone who, in a respectful way, shows up for you often, and/or repeatedly during big moments of need, also known as a friend, comrade or accomplice. Even though this person or group is already woven into your life in a way that facilitates your growth, having a moment to recognize their actions, and behaviours with a willingness to do better, tends to wounds caused by oppressive conditioning.

Questions for marginalized folks to ask when considering 1 to 7 Reparations:

-What is the offense the Reparations are in response to?
-How much support/aide do you need in this and upcoming moments??
-How often does this privileged one show up for you??
-What access to resources does this privileged person have?From the answers the marginalized being chooses the amount of reparations to receive. Or so the majik goes.

Bring [this] into your life so that you can dismantle the racism in the white spaces of your life that People Of Color cannot even reach. People Of Color, talk to your people about race. Examine and confront your internalized racism. Make space to heal and rejuvenate. Take care in your conversations, remember that you are dealing with real hurt of human beings. But be brave in that care, be honest in that care. These conversations will never become easy, but they will become easier. They will never be painless, but the can lessen future pain. They will never be rise free, but the will always be worth it.” – Ijeoma Olus, So You Want To Talk About Race

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Thank you for valuing People Of Heritage and the work we do to keep our community in wellness. Donations are matched dollar for dollar and go towards cultural revitalization and spiritual tending.

Reparations Map

Emergency Response

Nature Based Self CareBeauties,

May our Ancestry be present as we transition inwards.

Authentic Self Meditation

Moon Phase: Waning Moon
Sun Phase: after Spring Equinox

As the great Grace Lee Boggs taught us, “The Only Way to Survive Is by Taking Care of One Another.”

Music: Shine your light we are equal, have hope! and Climb, you were born to win! with ancient knowledge, Remember who we are! perhaps learn from our mistakes. Shake it! because we royals! Although we still need a miracle.

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For us, People Of Heritage (Of Colour), our Ancestry was intentionally exposed to viruses and experimental testing disguised as health care and peace offerings. For us this moment can feel triggering, bring up ancestral trauma and cause distrust. To add to our suffering we live within a toxic individualistic society that has lost concern for collective care.

As for us, collective care is at our core. We are updating our GoFundMe to reflect the needs of our community in this moment especially those infected with the virus, our elders, immune compromised and houseless. Please donate if possible.

For folks part of our community we are having one-to-one conversations about needs and working to fill them. At this moment assistance is organic food, herbal medicine, cultural Seeds and hygiene supply based. If we can fundraise more we will forgive microloans or give out cash.

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Cling to your truth. Some ways to decolonize this moment.
PRAY: light a candle, build an altar, be spiritual, commune with Ancestry, ground, meditate, body movement, rituals.
Use Traditional Medicines and Knowledge: we are survivors. Turn to your ancestry and cultural practices to support your emotions and immune system.
Build Lasting Community: get to know those most vulnerable and become part of their network. Figure out strategies and ACT. Grow a plant they are our allies!
Go outside: Which is the safest place with Sunshine, dirt and Tree freshened Air. Deep into Nature, a backyard or community park! garden!
Meet up: (what?!?!) yes, groups of 10 OR LESS with physical distancing (6-8 feet) and hygiene are necessary for us as social creatures and to give/receive care of our most vulnerable. Especially if we meet up outside. Total isolation is a privilege.

Resources:
(give and receive at these links)

Research some local bulk food distributors to meet your dried food needs at an affordable cost, these vary by region.

News
Interrupting Racism and Bias
Some facts about this virus also available in español
Decolonize Community Care (template for this newsletter)
Perspective
Swift response critical

Zines
Safety Practices
Self Care
Multicultural Children Books

Emotional Support
Navigating Relationship Safety
Abusive Relationship resources (has hotline)
Free Wellnes by Q.T.P.O.C. (instagram) or website
P.O.C. Healers

Herbal Medicine
Resilience is in our blood article
Wild Weeds (store)
Starwest Botanicals (store)
Herbalist Viral respiratory recommendations
Indigenous made herbal-resilience-guide
 oraganizers2

Gardening

Free permaculture courses
African Diaspora collection of Seeds (store)
Native Seeds (store)
Seeds and their people(radio show)
Food & Land Sovereignty Resource List
Ask A Sista Farmer

Mutual Aide
Multilingual Resources and these
Mutual Aide Disaster Relief:  News  — Supply List
Front Range Mutual Aid Network (occupied Colorado) plus request form
Denver community Mutual aide
List of resources 1 and 2
For Indigenous Folks
Collective Care by colonized state
Artists
Trans folks

Relief Funds
many more in the above documents

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Indigenous Folks To Support
Financial solidarity for artists
Freelance artist resources
Queer and Trans in gig economy (Twitter)
Immune compromised folks
LGBTQI+ BIPOC
LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip based workers
Queer Writers of color to give
General freelancers
Small businesses
Colorado Artist Talents and Skills

Connection
Dismantling Tactic

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Thank you for valuing People Of Heritage and the work we do to keep our community in wellness. Donations are matched dollar for dollar and go towards cultural revitalization and spiritual tending.