Episode 23: Love and Liberation

Episode 23: Love and Liberation

Love and Liberation

EPISODE 23

Keshia Adeniyi-Dorsey

Welcome to Audio Nuggets, right here in the cypher, we are honored to be joined by Keshia Adeniyi-Dorsey for Episode 23: Love and Liberation.

Keshia has advocated and served as a family defender for thousands of families who have been ensnarled by family policing and the Civil Death Penalty, commonly known as TPR.  Keshia is a human being who enjoys spending time with her husband and beautiful baby girl.

In this episode, the audience is gifted with the humanness of an abolitionist. Keshia shares that her goal as a family defender is to value and protect sacred family bonds and lineage.  Keshia illustrates her love of Black families and that she gifts herself with liberation! She is true to self and acts in LOVE. And by glimpsing liberation, Keshia loves her Black people, and sees family’s full humanity.

The conversation deepens to touch on the time of the year that we have embarked on of gratitude and resolution, and Keshia is reminded that “where life is precious, life is precious.” Keshia shares that she gives herself extra love and makes sure to give others extra love. Our current family policing system where destruction and violence to Black families is happening, love is absent and can’t exist. We can live the impact that acts of love and compassion can have on practice.  Keshia leaves listeners with a question, “Is this system good enough for my own child?”

Until next time…the work of love is never done!

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Episode 22: Abolition Continues-The People are the Ground Game

Episode 22: Abolition Continues-The People are the Ground Game

Abolition Continues-The People are the Ground Game

EPISODE 22

tenesha grant

Welcome to Audio Nuggets, right here in the cypher, we are honored to be joined by Tanesha Grant for Episode 22: Abolition Continues–The People are the Ground Game.

Tanesha Grant is a mother of three, grandmother of four and an impacted child of the family policing system from birth. Tanesha is the founder and Executive Director of two community based organizations, Parents Supporting Parents NY, and Moms United for Black Lives New York City.

You will experience Tanesha’s liberation throughout the episode, learning that she stands with other Black women, families, and her community. “When my community thrives, my family can thrive” is the mantra that Tanesha lives by. Tanesha takes the audience through the harms perpetuated to her and her family since 1976, and graces the audience with an analysis of the narratives and beliefs that are still present in 2023 that are destructive to Black families.

The episode deepens as Tanesha shares why community organizing is so important for collectivism and liberation. Tanesha shares that her inspiration is drawn from the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X, her ancestors, and expresses that organizing is about communities doing for self. Tanesha works with community based organizations that unapologetically support Black parents and families. They take it to the streets to bring resources to their community, advocate for justice, and Tanesha represents the voice of the community in all spaces.

The people are the ground game! To learn more about Parents Supporting Parents NY and Moms United for Black Lives New York City, you can visit them at Home | parents supporting parents nyc inc (pspnyinc.org) and follow them on Instagram at pspnyinc or on X at @pspnyinc.

Until next time, keep Mining For Gold.

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Episode 21: Defending Justice Against Family Policing

Episode 21: Defending Justice Against Family Policing

Defending Justice Against Family Policing

EPISODE 21

tehra coles

Welcome good listeners to Audio Nuggets, right here in the Mining For Gold cypher. We are joined with Tehra Coles for Episode 21: Defending Justice Against Family Policing.  

Tehra Coles is the Executive Director of the Center for Family Representation, a public defender office in New York City that represents parents in family policing cases in Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. 

In this episode, we glimpse Tehra’s journey of discovery. With all the zeal at her command while advocating for families, she realizes that alone, she wouldn’t be able to bring justice to families. 

Using a legal and racial analysis, Tehra explains the necessity in using accurate language to describe what we are doing to families, why using the terminology “the family policing system” is justice doing, and how by using this language, families that are impacted by this vicious and violent institution can be affirmed by knowing that people are listening. 

Tehra shares the commitment of CFR to building a culture that is saturated with the leadership and voices of impacted families. The audience also hears why abolition is the only option, and how CFR and organizations like it are supporting the movement.

Sit back, embrace, and reflect. Tehra leaves us with a call to GET ON BOARD!

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Episode 20: Humanity is Amazing!

Episode 20: Humanity is Amazing!

Humanity is Amazing!

EPISODE 20

judge aurora martinez jones

Welcome good listeners to another edition of Audio Nuggets, right here in the Mining For Gold cypher!  Get ready…you are about to experience an explosion of nuggets from the Honorable Judge Aurora Martinez Jones in Episode 20: Humanity is Amazing!

Judge Aurora Martinez Jones presides over the historical 126th District Court in Travis County, Texas, where she co-founded the Child Welfare Race Equity Collaborative (CWREC). Currently, Judge Martinez Jones is leading a community effort in a local pilot to Re-Imagine the Child Welfare system. 

Through this episode, listeners experience Your Honor’s embodiment of full humanity, justice and liberation, as she shares with us the ways in which she has supported parents through the most daunting times of their lives with justice-centered representation as an attorney and now as the presiding District Judge.

The conversation showcases how her “empathy faucet” is purpose driven for our children and families, and how she has devoted herself, given of herself, and has received and answered the call to caring for entire communities.

Your Honor leaves the audience with the most heartwarming story that embodies her soul, the story of an experience that changed her in ways that are still being written.  It is the story of literally walking in another’s shoes!  We are grateful to be in community and right relationship with Your Honor. Sit back and listen and absorb every morsel of gold!

Until next time…

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Episode 19: Escaping Replacement Culture

Episode 19: Escaping Replacement Culture

A Look Within- Escaping Replacement Culture

EPISODE 19

cordelia cranshaw

Welcome back good listeners to another edition of Audio Nuggets.  We are excited to be joined in the rhythm of the cypher by Cordelia Cranshaw Skeete for Episode 19: A Look Within—Escaping Replacement Culture.

Cordelia Cranshaw Skeete is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, representing the District of Columbia. Despite the odds stacked against Cordelia as an adolescent, she guides others on their healing journey and believes that the journey is just as important as the destination.

Cordelia graces the audience with her liberated voice for abolition of the family policing system.  Cordelia shares her journey of how she came to find the ways she could use her experiences, knowledge, gifts and talents to make an impact for families who are harmed by the family policing system.

The conversation is a truth-telling experience; illuminating the lack of understanding by the family policing system’s workforce of the true depths of trauma and harm that is caused to families by the institution.  Fixing doesn’t work. Families aren’t broken. It’s time to look within and understand the need and desire to replace children’s families.

Cordelia shares her sense of belonging and liberation, her commitment to support others in finding their own belonging through a healing journey, and her deep love, respect, and admiration for her community of Black women. Coradelia leaves parents with the call to never give up. Hold onto hope. And she asks all others to take a good, long look in the mirror…it’s time for a look within.

Until next time…

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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.

Until next time..

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