This week we're joined by Jonel Beauvais and Aida Cuadrado Bozzo from the Womens Fellowship at Community Change, which exists to hone the organizing skills of formerly incarcerated women of color or those otherwise directly impacted by incarceration and the criminal justice system. Jonel talks about the trauma of incarceration and her return to her community (Akwesasne people in Mohawk territory), resilience of women of color, frontline leadership, and the community’s role in ritualizing return.
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Jonel Beauvais is an indigenous sister, Mohawk woman, a witness of imprisonment, adversity survivor, spirit lover, working to end violence, and living for the next generation. She is a descendant of women of the wolf clan lineage, and is rooted in the community of Akwesasne where she works with the Seven Dancers Coalition.
Aida Cuadrado Bozzo is an ordinary person who does extraordinary things. She is a transformative organizer, committed to everyone being present to their own greatness - especially women of color. Aida is from Michigan, by way of Paterson, New Jersey, by way of Puerto Rico. She's an organizer on the Reinvestment Team and convenes the Womens Fellowship at Community Change.
PRACTICE: In the following episode (publishing next week), Jonel shares a practice from her people for doing a group ritual called a Condolence Ceremony. Subscribe to this podcast to make sure you don't miss it. Subscribe to this podcast to make sure you don't miss it.
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