CREATING POST-CAPITALIST REALITIES
LIVING AND DYING IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Co-Facilitated by Alnoor Ladha & Carlin Quinn
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2023
Alixa García is a Colombian born, globally-raised, multi-disciplinary artist, activist, and cultural activator whose work is imbued in ritual, spirit, and deep reverence for our Great Mother, Great Lover: our Earth. She is an award-winning activist, poet, and filmmaker. She is also a professional writer, visual artist, musician, and facilitator. She is a co-founder of Climbing Poetree and Truthworker Theater Company, and founder of Alixa Garcia Studio. She's an editorial board member of ERA Coalition & Fund for Women's Equality, and her work has been published by Whit Press, AK Press, Hatchett, & Daraja Press. Alixa's words, visions, and music continue to travel the world on a mission to open portals of imagination and imaginal collectivity.
Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to
Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker,
posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Founder of The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will Dance with Mountains’. He currently lectures at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California and University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. He sits on the Board of many organizations including Science and Non-Duality (US) and Local Futures (Australia). In July 2022, Dr. Akomolafe was appointed the inaugural Global Senior Fellow of University of California’s (Berkeley) Othering and Belonging Institute. He has also been appointed Senior Fellow for The New Institute in Hamburg, Germany. Websites: www.bayoakomolafe.net; www.emergencenetwork.org.
Pat McCabe, or Woman Stands Shining, is a Native American elder whose work explores the meeting point between ceremony and deep social healing. Pat was born into the Dine (Navajo) nation, and has also received a spiritual training with the Lakota tradition. She travels and teaches widely on the indigenous science of Thriving Life. Her work seeks to revivify human knowledge and meaning-making, by restoring the holistic knowledge practices known to indigenous people. “To be the disembodied intellect and observer rather than passionate participant, and harmonious co-Creator, has led to a great mis-understanding of who we are, where we are, and how it is.”
Vanessa Andreotti, PhD, is one of the co-founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Art/Research Collective (decolonialfutures.net) and the author of Hospicing Modernity: Facing humanity's wrongs and the implications for social activism. Vanessa is also a former Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the University of British Columbia and the incoming Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.
Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers, and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth.
Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology, and Indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse—Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota—is an author, international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems. Tiokasin has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy. He speaks frequently at venues such as Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry, Union Theological Seminary focusing on the cosmology, diversity and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchical thinking processes of Western society. Tiokasin was a 2016 Nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize from the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy.
Tiokasin is the Founder, Host and Executive Producer of the 30year-old award-winning “First Voices Radio” (formerly “First Voices Indigenous Radio”), a weekly one-hour live program syndicated to over 120 public, community and commercial radio stations in the US and Canada.
Claudio Miranda invited friends thirty years ago to form a band to promote and provide a culture of solidarity, culture, joy and community support to the population of the favelas of São Paulo Brazil.
Claudio started making music at the age of 9 in a neighborhood considered by the United Nations to be the most violent place in the world for two decades, and his collective dream was to “change the place without moving from there.”
Resmaa Menakem is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist and master trainer. To help Justice leaders really realize their potential in the areas of Equity & Racee, Resmaa created cultural somatics which utilizes the Body & Resilience as mechanisms for growth. Resmaa is a dynamic and fully engaged justice leadership coach who is dedicated in partnering with leaders whose intention is to assist others in leading better lives and organizations. Resmaa is passionate about coaching those courageous leaders who dedicate their lives toward making the world a better place. He is author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.
brontë’s work and rest is guided by the cosmology and promise of sabbath for black people and the land. as a black-latine transdisciplinary artist, trickster, educator, jíbare and wakeworker, their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking, abolitionist theologies, environmental regeneration, death doulaship, and the levity of absurdity.
the prayer of their life is to support safe and hilarious passage through climate collapse. they embody this commitment of attending to black health/imagination, commemorative justice (Free Egunfemi) and hospicing the shit that hurts black folks and the earth through serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collective (leadtolife.org) and ecological educator for ancestral arts skills and nature-connection school Weaving Earth (weavingearth.org).
they are currently co-conjuring a film with esperanza spalding in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony and practicing pastoral care (in an ecological and ministerial sense) as a co-steward of a land refuge in Kashia Pomo territory in northern California. mostly, brontë is up to the sweet tender rhythm of quotidian black queer-lifemaking, ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life —
Lynn Murphy is a strategic advisor and thought partner with foundations and not-for-profit organizations. She was a senior fellow and program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she focused on international education and global development. She resigned as a ‘conscientious objector’ to neocolonial philanthropy. Lynn currently co-directs the Transition Resource Circle and is the co-author of Post-Capitalist Philanthropy: Healing Wealth in the Time of Collapse. She holds an MA and PhD in international comparative education from Stanford University.
Alixa Garcia | Bayo Akomolafe | Pat McCabe | Vanessa Andreotti | Orland Bishop | Tiokasin Ghosthorse | Claudio Miranda | Resmaa Menakem | brontë velez | Lynn Murphy
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