Building Transformative Campaign Culture with Nancy Leeds (CampaignSick) and Becca Rast (Jess King for Congress)

October 17, 2018
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Women campaign managers are transforming the old boys club of transactional campaign culture. We’re joined first by Nancy Leeds of the infamous CampaignSick Tumblr, home of the memes that make us laugh til we cry… and then just keep on crying. Then Becca Rast shares about her transformative work as a campaign manager on the Jess King Congressional race in Pennsylvania, and how a long-term perspective can build healthy campaign culture and leave powerful organizing infrastructure behind after election day.

With the 2018 US midterm elections upon us, Healing Justice Podcast brings you the SURVIVING ELECTIONS miniseries to help us all survive this political cycle together. Learn more & check out the upcoming episode list at www.healingjustice.org/elections

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This miniseries is sponsored by Groundswell Action Fund, resourcing visionary political organizing led by women of color, low-income women and transgender people across the country. This week, we're joined one of their grantees: All* Above All Action Fund co-director Destiny Lopez. Pitch in to support Groundswell's critical work here: bit.ly/groundswellaction

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Nancy Leeds has worked on Democratic campaigns since 2006 when she was an organizer for the Minnesota Coordinated Campaign, electing Tim Walz and Amy Klobuchar. Since then she has worked on races of every size from statewide to city council in every region of the country from LA to Cambridge to Little Rock. Nancy has also worked at and consulted for politically oriented non-profits. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Master’s Certificate in Gender and Public Policy from Columbia University.
- Tumblr: CampaignSick.Tumblr.Com
Blog: CampaignSick.Blogspot.Com
Twitter: @CampaignSick

Becca Rast is from Lancaster PA, where she grew up and currently lives. She started organizing as a 16 year old against the war in Iraq, and has never stopped organizing. She has organizing roots in labor, immigrant, and climate justice movements. In the wake of the 2016 election she helped found Lancaster Stands Up, a mass membership based community organization that has mobilized thousands of people in Lancaster County. Currently she is the Campaign Manager for Jess King for Congress, where they are developing one of the strongest grassroots campaigns in the country, rooted in community values and progressive populism. She deeply believes that we need to organize everywhere leading with our values, and that small cities are a critical bridge between rural and urban communities. Twitter: @beccarast

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Elections vs. Movements: a strategy showdown with Sunrise (Varshini Prakash & Will Lawrence)

October 10, 2018
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It’s a battle of strategy, values, and culture: should we be building social movements for the long-term that embody all of what we deserve; OR engaging in the current reality of the political cycle to win what we can, while we still can? Varshini Prakash and Will Lawrence of Sunrise Movement join us to blow up the binary and explain how their work makes sense of the rhythms of elections and movement vision.

With the 2018 US midterm elections upon us, Healing Justice Podcast brings you the SURVIVING ELECTIONS miniseries to help us all survive this political cycle together. Learn more & check out the upcoming episode list at www.healingjustice.org/elections

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This miniseries is sponsored by Groundswell Action Fund, resourcing visionary political organizing led by women of color, low-income women and transgender people across the country. Pitch in to support their critical work: bit.ly/groundswellaction

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Sunrise is building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We're making climate an urgent political priority across America, ending the stranglehold that fossil fuel executives have on our politics, and electing a new generation of leaders who will fight for the health and wellbeing of all people, not just a wealthy few. http://www.sunrisemovement.org

Varshini Prakash has been an organizer in the climate justice movement for over 5 years, first leading fossil fuel divestment campaigns at the local and national level and then moving on to co-found and direct Sunrise. She currently serves as the Communications Director. Varshini lives in Boston, MA.

Will Lawrence is an organizer and movement builder from Lansing, MI. He is a co-founder of Sunrise and a former leader in the fossil fuel divestment movement. He serves as Sunrise's Michigan Director and helps lead the movement's electoral work around the country.

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Surviving Elections: a new miniseries on midterms, movements, & staying human

October 2, 2018
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With our first podcast season complete and the 2018 US midterm elections upon us, Healing Justice Podcast brings you the SURVIVING ELECTIONS miniseries to help us all survive this political cycle together.

Whether you’re a despairing or disenfranchised voter, a campaign worker, a movement organizer who’s given up on our broken democracy, or watching with horror from outside the United States, we’ve got something for you here. Learn more & check out the upcoming episode list at www.healingjustice.org/elections

This trailer features questions from Michael Strom, Jillian White, Andrew Smith, Adin Buchanan, and Jess Pace (thank you!).

The "Surviving Elections" miniseries is sponsored by Groundswell Action Fund: the largest funder of women of color led c4 work in the United States. Pitch in to support their critical work: bit.ly/groundswellaction

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Practice: Radical Gratitude Spell (by adrienne maree brown, read by Fhatima Paulino)

August 26, 2018
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A 5-minute practice to show gratitude for yourself and others on the path to liberation.

The only way that feels appropriate to end this first, long season of Healing Justice Podcast, is with GRATITUDE.

Thank you to adrienne maree brown for granting us permission to read this powerful spell, and thank you to Fhatima Paulino (of epsiode 15) for reading it with such kindness and sending us out with a blessing.

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radical gratitude spell
by adrienne maree brown
read aloud with permission

a spell to cast upon meeting a stranger, comrade or friend working for social and/or environmental justice and liberation:

you are a miracle walking
i greet you with wonder
in a world which seeks to own
your joy and your imagination
you have chosen to be free,
every day, as a practice.
i can never know
the struggles you went through to get here,
but i know you have swum upstream
and at times it has been lonely

i want you to know
i honor the choices you made in solitude
and i honor the work you have done to belong
i honor your commitment to that which is larger than yourself
and your journey
to love the particular container of life
that is you

you are enough
your work is enough
you are needed
your work is sacred
you are here
and i am grateful

 

* This spell as well as other incredible writing from adrienne can be found here. *

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Intro and Closing music gifted by Danny O’Brien
Spell written by adrienne maree brown
Reading by Fhatima Paulino

Season 1 Reflection, pt 3: Visioning the Future (Marcia Lee, Zach Meyer & Kate Werning)

August 21, 2018
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Welcome to part 3 of our 3-part Season One reflection series. You're joining host Kate Werning, practitioner Marcia Lee of Healing by Choice (episode 18), and our sound designer Zach Meyer. We reflect on this year, explore accountability and hope, and ask big questions followed by quizzical "duck face" (you'll have to listen to Marcia explain what that is herself!).

You also will hear us invite you into a meaningful opportunity to share your voice and help us shape the future. You can do that here: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

Tune in to parts 1 & 2 of our reflection series to explore vulnerability and voice (part 1 with Jacoby Ballard), and learn to navigate our growing library of practices with intention (part 2 with Justin Campbell).

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As we enter into a seasonal production break for reflection, restructuring, fundraising, and discernment, we need your accompaniment. Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? We want to shape season 2 based on your input, and invite you into the shared project of making this project what it can be!

Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts & ways you'd like to participate in shaping the future of this project: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

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The names you hear us thanking with our whole hearts at the end of this episode are:

Support & Discernment: Cara Page, Shawna Wakefield, Carinne Luck, Susan Raffo, Nora Rasman, Sumitra Rajkumar, Teresa P Mateus, Macky Alston, Gregg Osofsky, JD Davids, Shalini Somayaji, Ilana Lerman, Brooke Lehman, & more

Content Editors: Myra Al-Rahim, Rachel Ishikawa, Yoshi Fields, Katie McCutcheon, Jacob White, Sonja Hanson, Abigail Bereola, Parke Ballantine, Natalia Thompson

Mixing and production by Zach Meyer at the COALROOM
Fiscal sponsorship by The Watershed Center
Intro and Closing music gifted by Danny O’Brien
Design and graphics by Josiah Werning

Institutions that have joined us in this vision include Lush Cosmetics Charity Pot program, Resist Foundation, Angell Foundation, and St. Joan of Arc Church.

** Extra jokes and duck photography by the inimitable Marcia Lee **

Season 1 Reflection, pt 2: The Power of Practice (Justin Campbell & Kate Werning)

August 16, 2018
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Welcome to part 2 of our 3-part season 1 reflection series. We are excited to share our reflections on practice with you from the past year, and also invite in your voice and practice stories here: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

Join host Kate Werning & friend of the podcast Justin Campbell for a conversation about navigating this growing library of practices, and committing to personal practice in your life.

Tune in to part 1 and part 3 of our reflection series, too: exploring vulnerability and voice (part 1 with Jacoby Ballard), and further reflection on accountability, relationship, and a preview of what's next for us (part 3 with Marcia Lee & Zach Meyer).

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✨ SHARE YOUR VOICE WITH US ✨ 

As we enter into a seasonal production break for reflection, restructuring, fundraising, and discernment, we need your accompaniment. Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? We want to shape season 2 based on your input, and invite you into the shared project of making this project what it can be!

Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts & ways you'd like to participate in shaping the future of this project: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

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PRACTICES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

06 Practice: Mapping Group Conflict with Celia Kutz

03 Practice: Journaling Our Identity with Dr. Robyn Henderson Espinoza

12 Practice: Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar

13 Practice: Belonging Reflection with Prentis Hemphill

24 Practice: Forgiveness Meditation with Jacoby Ballard

28 Essences for Everybody: Making Your Own Medicine with Dori Midnight

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This podcast is 100% volunteer-run. Help cover our costs by becoming a sponsor at www.patreon.com/healingjustice (and consider joining at $8/month or above to sponsor a gift for one of our brilliant guests or volunteers!).

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Season 1 Reflection, pt 1: Vulnerability & Voice (Jacoby Ballard & Kate Werning)

August 9, 2018
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 We're BACK... just in time to bring you a 3-part season 1 reflection series and take a seasonal production break. (And inviting in your voice: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey !!!)

This reflection series took a long time to record and produce -- mostly because reflection and distillation of wisdom just feels so incomplete. It hasn't been the right time, and our learnings aren't codified -- they are in process, changing daily, and so recording a final reflection is a somewhat impossible task.

But -- we are committed to being incomplete and in process publicly together. Join host Kate Werning & friend Jacoby Ballard (of episode 24) for a conversation about vulnerability, voice, and accountability reflecting on 8 months of the podcast so far.

Stay tuned for the next two reflection episodes as we wrap up this first season together: navigating this library of practices and committing to personal practice in your life, further reflection on accountability and relationship, and a preview of what's next for us.

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As we enter into this production break for reflection, restructuring, fundraising, and discernment, we need your accompaniment. Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? We want to shape season 2 based on your input, and invite you into the shared project of making this project what it can be!

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This podcast is 100% volunteer-run. Help cover our costs by becoming a sponsor at www.patreon.com/healingjustice (and consider joining at $8/month or above to sponsor a gift for one of our brilliant guests or volunteers!).

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34 Trauma, Healing, & Collective Power with generative somatics (Spenta Kandawalla, adrienne maree brown, Prentis Hemphill, & Staci K. Haines)

July 5, 2018
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This week, we’re listening in as a brilliant crew from generative somatics has a powerful conversation about trauma, oppression, healing and organizing for structural change. They dig into the connections between personal, collective and structural transformation, and between healing and building collective power. They also explore the term Healing Justice and ask: what does embodied healing have to do with creating liberation?

For this week’s practice, we recommend you dive back into the Healing Justice Podcast archives and listen to Practice 12: Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar. Sumitra is also part of the teaching body for generative somatics, and the practice she shares is one of the core practices in gs methodology.

PODCAST NEWS: LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS

Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? As we head into a summer break for discernment and planning, we want to shape season 2 based on your input! Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts: https://goo.gl/forms/ykXYxg0iFq6pUxBF3

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FURTHER RESOURCES FROM GS:

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

adrienne maree brown is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit. She is on the teaching bodies of generative somatics and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. adrienne can also be heard on episode 10 of Healing Justice Podcast.

Prentis Hemphill is a healer, Somatics practitioner, teacher, writer and organizer who works at the intersections of healing and justice. As the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter, Prentis committed to supporting and nurturing the brilliant strategies of organizers and healers to address trauma, move through conflict and center wholeness in the BLM network and in the broader movement for Black freedom and liberation. Prentis can also be heard on episode 13 of Healing Justice Podcast.

Spenta Kandawalla is a co-founder of generative somatics (gs).  She is an auntie, acupuncturist and herbalist, generative somatics teacher, and member of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). Over the past 13 years, Spenta has been studying, teaching, and growing generative somatics work for organizers, movement builders and healers across the country.

Staci K. Haines is a co-founder and the Executive Director of generative somatics, where she integrates trauma and healing and a systemic analysis of power. Staci is also a founder of generationFIVE, which has the mission to end the sexual abuse of children within 5 generations, and  is the author of Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis 1999, 2007).
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33 Practice: Centering Prayer with Mystic Soul (Alexis Francisco & Cicia Lee)

June 28, 2018
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In this practice, you’re joining Alexis Francisco and Cicia Lee for the meditative experience of Centering Prayer. They describe it as a constant practice of letting go of factors we can’t control in order to get our egos out of the way and be able to show up well to our lives and our work.

Origin: Centering Prayer practice is said to be created by Trappist monks in fairly recent history, and draws on a rich lineage in Christian mysticism, particularly in the catholic tradition in Europe through St. John of the Cross, and Teresa of Avila. Primary among these historical lineages is that of the Black tradition of the desert fathers and mothers, religious communities of African Christians who sought to build alternative communities outside of empire, who refused to be ruled and corrupted by the lies and compulsions of the world, and sought a lifestyle devoted to freedom in Christ, and practices to support that. Though this practice has a clear lineage and is deeply rooted in the Christian mystical tradition, and it is also influenced by Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practices.

Practice instructions begin at around the 10 minute mark. The steps Alexis and Cicia share are:

1) Choose an anchor word for your practice.
2) Settle into a relaxed position and take some deep breaths. Silently introduce your sacred word.
3) When you notice yourself get pulled away by thinking, gently return to your sacred word as a gesture of consent to the presence of God.
4) At the end of your time of prayer, rest in stillness for a few moments before transitioning to your next activity.

You can download the corresponding conversation (episode 33) to hear Alexis and Cicia talk about contemplative activism with Teresa P Mateus.

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

Our guests all come to us via the Mystic Soul Project. The Mystic Soul Project is creating spaces that center the voices, teaching, practices, and wisdom of People of Color at the intersections of mysticism, activism & healing. More here: https://www.mysticsoulproject.com/about-us

Cicia Lee is an organizer, trainer, and contemplative practitioner. She currently works with Momentum, a training institute and movement incubator supporting organizers across the country to build social movements that can shift the terrain of what's politically possible. She is a 3-wing-4 on the enneagram and a taurus.

Alexis Francisco is an an organizer, educator, and currently serves as assistant pastor at New Day United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York. Alexis' work focuses on centering spirituality and healing praxis in the work of community building and shifting dynamics of power and oppression in the Bronx, New York City and beyond.

Teresa P Mateus is one of the cofounders of Mystic Soul, a trauma therapist, and a regular on this podcast. To learn more about Teresa, visit at mysticsoulproject.com
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33 Contemplative Activism — Cicia Lee, Alexis Francisco, & Teresa P Mateus of Mystic Soul

June 26, 2018
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Welcome to part 3 of a 3-part collaborative series between the Mystic Soul Project and Healing Justice Podcast!

This week, Cicia Lee, Alexis Francisco, and Teresa P Mateus join us to talk about the role of contemplation in activism, queerness in spiritual community, what POC-centered contemplation can look like, lamentation and grief, and how attending to the internal and breaking through illusion *is* a form of action.

Download the corresponding practice episode to practice Centering Prayer with Alexis and Cicia. Practice episodes always publish on Thursdays.

To hear the rest of the series, download episode 26 to hear from Mystic Soul about POC-centered spirituality, and episode 29 to join the discussion on indigenous reclamation.

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

Our guests all come to us via the Mystic Soul Project. The Mystic Soul Project is creating spaces that center the voices, teaching, practices, and wisdom of People of Color at the intersections of mysticism, activism & healing. More here: https://www.mysticsoulproject.com/about-us

Cicia Lee is an organizer, trainer, and contemplative practitioner. She currently works with Momentum, a training institute and movement incubator supporting organizers across the country to build social movements that can shift the terrain of what's politically possible. She is a 3-wing-4 on the enneagram and a taurus.

Alexis Francisco is an an organizer, educator, and currently serves as assistant pastor at New Day United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York. Alexis' work focuses on centering spirituality and healing praxis in the work of community building and shifting dynamics of power and oppression in the Bronx, New York City and beyond.

Teresa P Mateus is one of the cofounders of Mystic Soul, a trauma therapist, and a regular on this podcast. To learn more about Teresa, visit at mysticsoulproject.com
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