Side happening: Healing justice pod with Astraea Foundation

The Healing Justice Pod is part of Astraea’s CommsLabs, a radical movement-building initiative that interconnects holistic security, healing, invention, technology, media communications strategy and grassroots organizing and activism to strengthen the expertise of LGBTI activists. In 2015 and as a response to activist feedback, CommsLabs made a radical move to integrate and center healing justice. Each convening includes media, communications, healing justice, website development and digital security pods and it connects local LGBTQI activists, trainers, healers and technologists in an unprecedented effort to seize the opportunities technology presents. CommsLabs is designed to strengthen the capacity of LGBTQI activists and equip them with the tools needed to increase their impact at a grassroots level, supported by a network of allied technologists and trainers.

As defined by the Kindred Collective based in the U.S., Healing Justice is “a framework that identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.” We believe that movements fighting for freedom and liberation through the liberatory use of technology can center healing justice in order to make their efforts more sustainable and long lasting.

At SIF17, our Healing Justice Pod is organized by Astraea and our CommsLabs collaborator Harriet’s Apothecary (U.S.), with the participation of activists from Mujeres al Borde (Colombia), No Tengo Miedo (Peru) and Iranti Org (South Africa.) We welcome every SIF participant to join us at any point of the day for self-led stations and small group activities including: self-care evaluation tools, journaling, making of wellness herbal remedies, Spanish language healing justice focus group and more! We will also hold a Healing Justice workshop on May 17th from 11:30am to 1pm and a CommsLabs activist panel on May 18th from 9:30am to 10:30am. We hope to see you there!

Adaku Utah and Naimah Johnson (Harriet’s Apothecary, U.S.)
Clau Corredor (Mujeres al Borde, Colombia)
Malú Machuca Rose (No Tengo Miedo, Peru)
Jabu Pereira (Iranti Org, South Africa)
J. Bob Alotta and Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, U.S.)

Location: Bergrummet