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AUDIO NUGGETS

How MFG got here

How MFG got here

2023 is gone, and here we are, right back in the cypher for Audio Nuggets in 2024. This introduction shapes what’s in store for ’24, reflects on the journey behind and ahead…

Episode 24: Phenomena of Whiteness

Episode 24: Phenomena of Whiteness

Welcome back to the Mining For Gold cypher! In this Black container, we witness and experience how traveling the stoney road toward freedom is a journey trekked with love, resistant abolitionism, dignity, and revolutionary muse makers.

Episode 23: Love and Liberation

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.

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

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.

Episode 20: Humanity is Amazing!

Episode 20: Humanity is Amazing!

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.

Episode 19: Escaping Replacement Culture

Episode 19: 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.

Episode 18: Abolitioning

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.

Episode 16: Celebrating Black Fatherhood

Episode 16: Celebrating Black Fatherhood

Victor Sims is a son, brother, husband and now a father to a little girl, named Harleigh. Victor, like far too many Black children, has been impacted by Florida’s foster care system.

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What The People Say About MFG

Mining For Gold is a space of conversation, intellectual dialogue and freedom dreaming. It is the type of space that should be studied for generations to come in our movement. It truly captures and memorializes liberatory thought within our movement.

Erin Miles Cloud

Mining For Gold has been providing the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership (VT-CWTP) with consultation to apply and integrate the principles of racial justice, liberation, and belonging to organizational and programmatic strategies since 2022. Corey and Sam have been extraordinary in their ability to help us develop our understanding of the past and present of racism and white supremacy in our organization, profession, culture, habits, thinking, and emotions, and how racism and white supremacy impact our ability to connect with our own and others' humanity. They have a way of pushing us to stretch far beyond understanding and dialogue, building our capacity to ACT to progress racial justice, liberation, and belonging within our sphere of influence. We have such enormous respect and appreciation for MFG's knowledge, skill, ingenuity, candor, bravery, and commitment. We're so fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow and change with their guidance, leadership, deep awareness and sophistication to construct spaces where freedom, love and hope prevail.

Vermont's Child Welfare Training Partnership

Corey always authentically brings his wisdom and best self to interactions and shares powerfully and with kindness, candor, and generosity.

- Teresa Rafael
Children's Trust Fund Alliance

In times of drift - away from relationship, community, justice - Corey helps bring me back. When the work becomes 9-to-5, and the pull of completing projects, hosting webinars, developing trainings, etc., begins to disconnect from the purpose, Corey helps me reconnect and get back on course.

- Katie Miller
Alia Innovations

I value the authenticity and driven passion of the meaning of MFG and the Man behind MFG!

- Parent Leader / Lived Expert | The Extra Mile Resource Center Region IV

I have experienced a wide range of trainers and programs around diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion over the past several decades. Mining For Gold brings a fresh experience that is thoughtful, genuine, truthful, and ultimately very powerful.

- CEO, President | Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth

Corey's commitment to authenticity, truth-telling, community engagement, and partnership is crucial to moving anti-racist practice forward in child welfare systems. He leads by cultivating community leaders.

- Kristen Pisani-Jacques
National Association of Counsel for Children

Corey keeps us honest and doesn't shy away from the difficult conversations. He understands the difficultly of the racial justice work. What struck me the most was his staunch commitment to do this work because it is needed and refused to make money off the suffering of others.

- Margo Fudge
San Diego County Child Welfare Services

Corey has challenged me to look at the child welfare system from a different lens. I've been in Florida's child welfare system for over twenty years and never thought to research and educate myself on the origins of our system. Corey so eloquently states that "history has more to do with the present than the past." This has stuck with me and has challenged me to learn. The sad reality is that our system was not designed with brown and black children in mind.

- Genet Stewart
Eckerd Connects Hillsborough County

I value Corey’s transparency and truly being authentic with each person he works with. Also, his full support.

- Parent Leader / Lived Expert
Family Engagement Advocacy Council

The mentorship and guidance in working towards race equity in a large system is valued, and the accessibility of Mr. Best when needed for guidance and for technical assistance.

- Dr. Joy McClellan
Florida Atlantic University

The extent to Corey's knowledge about the history of racism and his ability to communicate complex historical and contemporary challenges is what I value in the partnership... also, he has a gift of really getting partners to get underneath behaviors and beliefs.

- Karen Jointer Bryant
South Carolina Department of Social Services

Change occurs when seeking to achieve progress. I’ve never walked away from an interaction with Corey that doesn't cause me to pause and rethink either my method, action, or lack thereof. I am constantly challenged in some way, seeking personal and or systemic improvement. Corey promotes pathway for doing and being better to each other and being a part of the change.

- Parent Leader / Lived Expert
Children's Home Society of Washington

I value Corey's ability to engage in deep, meaningful, and authentic conversation. He asks the questions that are both uncomfortable and necessary to achieve the level of vulnerability required to motivate lasting change. Corey provides support that is concrete and backed by best practices. He can help individuals reflect and chart a course for future action that is steeped in well-being, promotes authentic family engagement, and builds connection within communities.

- Missy Berglund
Illuminate Colorado

Corey and MFG always help me see new perspectives, new ways of thinking, and how to immediately integrate that back into my everyday work. Conversations with Corey always leave me thinking more deeply about how we do this work with intention and truly think outside of the box.

- Elliot Orrin Hinkle
Unicorn Solutions, LLC

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