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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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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Part 1: The Analysis of Anti-Black Ideology – Episode 5

Part 1: The Analysis of Anti-Black Ideology – Episode 5

Part 1: The Analysis of Anti-Black Ideology

EPISODE 5

Audio Nuggets is honored and filled with gratitude to be joined by the legendary racial and family justice scholar and activist Dorothy Roberts. Dorothy utilizes her critical analysis of Roe, reproductive justice and family policing to demonstrate how interconnected systems and racist policies have had a devastating and violent impact on Black families.  In this explosive and electrifying episode, Dorothy offers her expertise in activism, organizing, and truth-telling as gifts and nuggets to the audience.  “Abolition already exists for white families.” Therefore, abolition is the only way to transform the family policing system so that Black families have the opportunity to glimpse a life without a punitive system’s  obsessive attachment to terrorizing their families. Dorothy and MFG are creating culture to be bold, explicit, and courageous in the name of justice, liberation, and abolition.  Through this conversation, you will be encouraged to know that your work to advance justice matters in this movement and in THIS moment.  We MUST make it important enough, vital enough, and a moment worth fighting for. This is our legacy. This is our succession! 

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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Knowledge +  Action = Power – Episode 4

Knowledge + Action = Power – Episode 4

Knowledge + Action = Power

EPISODE 4

OperationStopCPS joins MFG in the cypher to provide vivid clarity around why they know the child welfare system destroys Black families. It is through their own lived experiences as a CPS case manager and Mental Health Clinician, that Amanda and KeKe became a force in a growing movement to abolish the current child welfare system. This Audio Nugget will explore how they do this work, where they do this work and the impacts this has had on families. You will experience liberation and hopefully be inspired to tap into your power to ensure that your stance is visible and fueled by love for the people. 

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What Drives Me Is Love For My People – Episode 3

What Drives Me Is Love For My People – Episode 3

WHAT DRIVES ME IS LOVE FOR MY PEOPLE

EPISODE 3

Sandra Killett is a well-respected social justice organizer and parent advocate in New York City (NYC). She believes in using a strength based approach in working with families involved in the child welfare system. Her goal is to prevent the unnecessary removal of children from their families and communities.

During our conversation, Sandra will unpack more than her motivation. She will demonstrate self-love and liberated love for Black people. Sandra goes deep into her ideas of justice, advocacy, and the emotions that currently hold her attention. You are invited to recognize that you can make a difference and that opportunity is right in front of you.

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Reflections on Barriers to Justice – Episode 2

Reflections on Barriers to Justice – Episode 2

REFLECTIONS ON BARRIERS TO JUSTICE

EPISODE 2

EPISODE 2 – Reflections on Barriers to Justice

MFG hosts a liberated and thought-provoking conversation with Ms. Maleeka Jihad aka “MJ”. During this Audio Nugget, MJ reveals what humanity means as she paints a picture of the parallels between domestic violence and our child protection system. This exchange uncovers a few of the drivers that fueled the recent article: “Structures of Oppression in the U.S. Child Protection System: Reflections on Administrative Barriers to Equity (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/358592070_Structures_of_Oppression_in_the_US_Child_Welfare_System_Reflections_on_Administrative_Barriers_to_Equity).”

MJ leaves you with this to consider:
1) How are you causing harm and what are you willing to sacrifice?
2) Are you supporting or policing Black communities?

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About MJ:
MJ (Maleeka Jihad) is the Director of the MJ Consulting Firm and the nonprofit MJCF: Coalition, an Agency focused on dismantling systemic racism in the family regulation (child welfare) system through education, advocacy, and policy reform. She is the CEO and Co-creator of EC3 (Emic Cultural Consultants Collective), where she specializes in organizational and individual transformational work with structural racism and healing. 

As an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Social Work with the University of Denver, she teaches race, privilege, social justice, therapy, supervision, and child and family law courses. Alongside her students, MJ is continuing her education by obtaining a  PhD in Organizational Development and Change specializing in Social Justice (at Fielding Graduate School) with a foundation of International Psychology courses from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

www.mjcfcoalition.com

www.mjconsultingdenver.com

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