Episode 7- Family Is Not Important, It’s Everything

Episode 7- Family Is Not Important, It’s Everything

Family Is Not Important, It’s Everything

EPISODE 7

Audio Nuggets welcomes Shrounda Selivanoff to the cypher, in this episode titled “Family Is Not Important, It’s Everything.” Shrounda is a Mother, a Grandmother, a family justice warrior and a longtime friend, and partner of Mining For Gold in the quest for racial justice, belonging, and liberation.

In this episode, Shrounda shares her humanity in describing the impact that the coercive nature of the violent family policing system has had on her family’s life. In this conversation, Shrounda shares that one coercive tactic of the family policing system’s goal is to erase family history, and ultimately extinguish hope for parents.

We examine and ask why this violent system tears children apart from blood lines, and family. In her activism for change,  Shrounda spearheaded House Bill 1747: “Keeping Families Together” in Washington state, which would encourage guardianships over termination of parental rights when possible. This proposed legislation comes from the Keeping Families Together Coalition (KFTC). According to the Keeping Families Together: HB 1747 Black and Brown families are especially vulnerable — in Washington, Indigenous children are 2.7 times more likely and Black children are 2.4 times more likely than white children to experience the termination of both parents’ rights.

Shrounda reminds the audience to always remain hopeful, filled with integrity, and to always center the conversation in family.  She is waiting, watching, and is activated as we are constantly building our legacy. How are you going to live in your power and write your page in history?

 

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Justice as the Through Line by Corey Best and Ivory Bennett

Justice as the Through Line by Corey Best and Ivory Bennett

Justice as the Through Line

by Corey Best and Ivory Bennett

Corey Best and Ivory Bennett co-authored and curated the introduction, Justice as the Through Line, for the National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC) forthcoming 4th Edition Child Welfare Law and Practice “Red Book”.
Best and Bennett demonstrate for the reader what they mean by effective legal representation. The guiding chapter offers lawyers and judges a view into the world of those impacted by family policing, and challenges them to question what “justice-centered” means to them. This is a call to action for judges and lawyers to become more than their position; “it is time to become a liberated agent of law, justice, and humanity!”
Best and Bennett’s core purpose of their expression is to ensure that justice-centered legal representation becomes an immovable marker of the quintessential, decolonized American child welfare system. The authors leave the audience with fifteen actions with which practitioners can LEAD: Learn, Explore, Act, and Discover. From this, their hope is the journey with this message will increase the presence of humanity, and values-driven legal representation for families.

BOOK INTRODUCTION

 

Ivory Bennett, M.Ed. is an educational leader, a national equity advocate for foster care and education, and an award-winning published author.
Corey Best is a dedicated father, and the founder of Mining For Gold, the curator of community experiences. The Mining For Gold movement of longing for justice, liberation, and belonging is rooted in thinking culturally, not strategically.

 

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Part 2: Family Policing and the Journey to Reproductive Justice

Part 2: Family Policing and the Journey to Reproductive Justice

Part 2: Family Policing and the Journey to Reproductive Justice

EPISODE 6

Audio Nuggets is proud to announce that Professor Dorothy Roberts has joined us back in the cypher for Part 2: Family Policing and the Journey to Reproductive Justice. Professor Roberts is a legendary racial and family justice scholar and activist, and it is Audio Nugget’s distinct honor to share the microphone and space with her.  In this conversation, MFG and Professor Roberts dive into the post-Roe era, and how the historical legacy of Black women and families have been the centrality of her work for the past 25 years.  Killing the Black Body, her authored chapter, Race, in The 1619 Project, and her newest book Torn Apart illustrate for us that criminalizing pregnancy in Black women, the carceral system, and family policing are all interconnected, anti-Black ideologies. It is inherent in this ideology that Black women transfer depravity to their wombs, and with this ideology also comes the vilification of Black mothers in the family policing system.
Professor Roberts leaves us with even more nuggets to noodle on, and we are incredibly grateful to uplift her work, and stand committed to continue to join her in the movement for justice and liberation for Black families.

 

Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology, and the Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at University of Pennsylvania. An internationally acclaimed scholar, activist, and social critic, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). Her newest book was released in April 2022, Torn Apart. (Basic Books, 2022). She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.
“The powerful Western image of childhood innocence does not seem to benefit Black children. Black children are born guilty.” 
Instagram: dorothyeroberts
Twitter: @DorothyERoberts

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J.U.S.T.I.C.E Angels

J.U.S.T.I.C.E Angels

J.U.S.T.I.C.E Angels
written and performed by Shereese Morgan

MFG is grateful and ecstatic to have Shereese Morgan share her GOLD with the Liberated Voice Exchange movement. Shereese is a musician who travels to ministries and venues to deliver a range of Black empowerment songs and words of encouragement. She loves to spend time in nature, where she meditates and continues the inner work that it takes to maintain a sound mind in today’s world. Shereese is becoming an influencer to all those who cross her path.
The song J.U.S.T.I.C.E Angels was born in the wake of the ongoing, unjustified Black Genocide occurring in America. Shereese shared with MFG, “Another part of me awoke the day my then five year old daughter asked me who could stop “the rotten apples in our government ” from killing Black people if they were the same people who were meant to protect us.” Still to this day that question holds space in her heart. Music has always been an escape for her and through showcasing her artistry, she strives to model for her daughter that collectively our voices will roar like ten thousand angels and the push for justice will soon make tomorrow a better future for all.

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We Have a Dream – Martha Wilson

We Have a Dream – Martha Wilson

We Have a Dream

Mining For Gold is grateful to have Martha Wilson as a cornerstone and foundation of the Liberated Voice Exchange. In her newest expression, “We Have A Dream,” Martha continues her dedication to a justice-centered, liberated voice for families, and the Liberated Voice Exchange is grateful to be the platform for this mission.
This article is dynamic, and threads the theme of Martha’s day of birth, which commemorates the day Dr. King delivered the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, and the Children’s Rights ICERD Submission that declares Black children and families face racism and this failure to dismantle systems and laws that discriminate against Black children and families represents an urgent human rights violation and is an urgent human rights issue. “We Have A Dream” calls for organizing our communities, to embody the work of undoing racism by identifying it, describing it, and then dismantling it.

Children’s Rights ICERD Submission for the U.S Periodic Report can be viewed at:

https://www.childrensrights.org/childrens-rights-icerd-submission/

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