Nurturing Freedom Dreams Through A Principled Struggle

Nurturing Freedom Dreams Through A Principled Struggle

Nurturing Freedom Dreams Through A Principled Struggle

by MFG team

It’s been said that freedom arrives “when we are no longer afraid.” What if we struggled without fear? What if we heeded lessons from historical truths? What if we believed that the way we damage people impairs and destroys the collective us? What if the invention of race didn’t dictate who we deem deserving and capable? Dammit, this brings more questions, right? For depth and texture, let us try this frame: We believe that you know the immense harm caused by our interconnected human services institutions (because you are, or have been complicit in causing them). And that you are ready with all the earnestness at our command to be fearless and thorough. Ready to mount new ideas, solutions, resources and thinking that equal the magnitude of the harm. This belief connotes that we have grown a mutual understanding of our duty and have collectively embodied compassion and empathy for the “other.” Ready to be bravely
on our way to becoming a society that measures its worth based on a sense of justice, liberation, and belonging. Rather than reducing people to widgets and thrusting them into programmatic categories associated with a prejudiced degree of risk. Frederick Douglass taught us; “Power conceded nothing without a demand.”

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Episode 18: Abolitioning

Episode 18: Abolitioning

Abolitioning

EPISODE 18

Erin miles cloud

Welcome back good listeners to the Mining For Gold cypher! We are honored and grateful to be joined by Erin Miles Cloud for this amazing and radical Episode 18: Abolitioning.

Erin Miles Cloud is the co-founder and co-director for Movement For Family Power. MFP works to end the family policing system and punishment of families to create a world where the dignity and integrity of all families is valued and supported.

In this episode, listeners have an opportunity to learn from Erin, explore, act, and discover what the process of abolition is, while she dispels many myths. Erin educates listeners on what it looks like when we are abolitionING in everyday justice-centered practice. We learn that abolition is about keeping everyone safe, including people who are harmed and who do harm; this is a fundamental piece that is baked into the design. Erin reveals the BOTH AND; the requirement to hold both the practice and ritual of dismantling, and the ritual of building. Myth busting again; abolition doesn’t require us to do both, but it requires that we HOLD both.

Erin reinforces that we cannot do this process alone. We have to be in coalition with people who have the talent to do the dismantling and the talent of building. We hold a grander vision in the steps toward abolition for a more participatory society and anti-racist. Abolitionists are practical!

Sit back and listen, absorb, and dream the liberation with an open and humble heart.

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