Last week, I had the chance to speak with Tamika Middleton and Cara Page of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective from their base in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective is based out of the Southern United States. Founded in 2007, Kindred is conceived by healers and organizers in the South as a response to the crisis of trauma, violence and social conditions in the Southern United States.
Tamika and Cara shared insight about the work that Kindred is undertaking to identify the roots of trauma within movements in the Southern United States, their work to build networks of healers.and creating leadership models that promote wellness, and encouraging connections between personal and collective wellness in progressive work.
I was inspired by their clarity of vision and their focus on identifying the roots of ill health and trauma within progressive movements in the Southern US. It was also clear that they draw lessons and strength from the deep roots of healing traditions and strength within those same communities (particularly African American) that have been burdened with exploitation and oppression over centuries. They put forward their position strongly in our interview, so I won’t get into it too much.
Thoughtful about ways we could apply their example and analysis here at home in Vancouver, as well. There is a common cycle of intense activity, followed by feelings of sadness and burnout among organizers. How can we build sustainable and healthy movements while we organize against an unsustainable and fundamentally deadly system?
Learn more about Kindred’s work at their website: http://kindredhealingjustice.org/