Fortification COVID-19 Edition is a conversation with Cara Page, Susan Raffo and Anjali Taneja with multiple guests, curated and hosted by Caitlin Breedlove and grounded in our evolving spiritual mandate in and beyond COVID-19. These episodes are centered in the experiences of resistance and abolitionism in response to the colonization and policing of People of Color and Indigenous communities; Queer and Trans; and people with disabilities in the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC). It introduces listeners to the histories that led to this moment as well as the present time expression and future visions needed to transform and intervene on the MIC.
Talila A. Lewis is an attorney, educator, organizer who helps people understand and address the inextricable links between racism, classism, ableism and structural inequity. Lewis created the only national database of deaf/blind imprisoned people in the U.S. and works to correct and prevent deaf wrongful conviction cases as the volunteer director of HEARD (www.behearddc.org). Lewis, a prison abolitionist, co-created the Harriet Tubman Collective and has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and Northeastern University School of Law. Named a Top 30 Thinker Under 30 by Pacific Standard magazine, Lewis has received numerous awards, including the 2015 White House Champion of Change Award. www.talilalewis.com
Cara Page is a Black Queer Feminist cultural/memory worker, curator, and organizer. As lead organizer & curator of her new project, Changing Frequencies, she is building an archival/memory and cultural change project to intervene on generational trauma; centering the Medical Industrial Complex. She is a recent recipient of the Soros Equality Fellowship (2019-2020) and an ‘Activist in Residence’ at the Barnard Research Center for Women to elevate this work. (https://carapage.co) @changingfrequencies
Anjali Taneja, MD MPH (@losanjalis)
Anjali is a family physician and DJ who is passionate about reimagining healthcare and healing in the US. She is the Executive Director of Casa de Salud — a culturally humble and anti-racist nonprofit model of care that integrates primary care, queer/transgender care, harm reduction, addictions treatment, acupuncture, reiki, massage, and indigenous based healing circles for uninsured, immigrant, and other marginalized communities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The clinic trains 30 health apprentices a year — primarily young students of color interested in healing/healthcare fields — and prepares them for careers in health/healing. Anjali is board certified in family medicine, in addiction medicine, and also works in the emergency room of a small rural hospital in the Navajo Nation. From 2007-2013, she curated CureThis — an online community space for discussion around new models of care. www.casadesaludnm.org
Francisca Porchas Coronado is a former organizer with over 15 years of experience and currently a healing justice practitioner and trainer. She is the founder and lead coordinator of the Latinx Therapists Action Network organizing progressive Latinx therapists to tend to the emotional wellbeing of migrant communities. Francisca is also the co-founder of Resilient Strategies, a healing justice project transforming the impact of systems on our bodies, our behaviors, and the organizations we build as a critical part of the process to liberation. Currently she is the host of Mijente’s La Cura Podcast engaging in conversation about decolonizing Latinx health and reclaiming traditional healing.
Michelle Morse MD MPH Dr. Michelle Morse works to rethink and advance medical education globally, expand the teaching of social medicine in the US and abroad, and to support health systems strengthening through equitable approaches to human resources for health. She is an internal medicine hospitalist, Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth, and social medicine course director at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she served for three years as deputy chief medical officer at Partners In Health (PIH) and as Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and now serves on the Board of Directors of PIH. In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition that seeks to use activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in social medicine to address the miseducation of health professionals on the root causes of illness. www.equalhealth.org
Professor Jack Tchen is currently the Inaugural Clement A. Price Chair of Public History & Humanities and Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University – Newark. He is co-founder, of the New York Newark (Estuarial) Public History Project; founder, of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute, at New York University; and Co-Founder, of the Museum of Chinese in America.
Shira Hassan is the founder, co-creator and principle consultant for Just Practice, a capacity building project for organizations and community members, activists and leaders working at the intersection of transformative justice, harm reduction and collective liberation. She is the former executive director of the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, an organizing and grassroots movement building project led by and for young people of color that have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies. A lifelong harm reductionist and prison abolitionist, Shira has been working on community accountability for nearly 25 years and has helped young people of color start their own organizing projects across the country. Shira’s work has been discussed on National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Nation, In These Times, Bill Moyers, Scarleteen, Everyday Feminism, Bitch Media, TruthOut and Colorlines.
Susan Raffo is a queer bodyworker, cultural worker and writer. Living in Minneapolis, and deeply grounded in the midwest, the flatlands, she has been working with the relationships between individual and collective nervous systems, between histories and futures, for close to 20 years. Involved in a range of collaborative projects, she spends her time moving from an individual body-based practice to supporting groups to reflecting on the page. You can find her at www.susanraffo.com.
Erica Woodland, LCSW is a black queer/genderqueer facilitator, consultant and healing justice practitioner who has worked at the intersections of movements for racial, gender, economic, trans and queer justice and liberation for more than 17 years. He is the Founding Director of the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, an organization committed to advancing healing justice by transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color. Learn more about his work at www.nqttcn.com and www.ericawoodland.com
SEASON TWO EPISODES:
Episode 1: Rodney McKenzie is an experienced community organizer, movement leader, and person of faith who is currently the Director of Partnerships at Demos.
Episode 2: Brian McLaren is an author of more than a dozen books, a sought-after speaker, faithful activist, and public theologian.
Episode 3: Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in the LGBTQ immigrant rights movement and currently the Deputy Director at Transgender Law Center (TLC).
Episode 4: Melvin Bray is a devoted husband, committed father, learner, teacher, writer, storyteller, lover of people, connoisseur of creativity, purveyor of sustainability and believer in possibilities.
Episode 5: Francisca Porchas Coronado is the previous organizing director of Puente Human Rights Movement and a leading voice in efforts to end mandatory immigrant detention and address the trauma experienced by frontline communities currently facing criminalization and deportation.
Episode 6: adrienne maree brown, the Co-Editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, is a social justice facilitator, healer, doula and pleasure activist living in Detroit. She is a student of emergence, somatics, transformation and science fiction. She is part of the training body of generative somatics, and coordinating the Just Films Narrative Shift Program for Allied Media Projects. She is the 2015-2016 Ursula le Guin Fellowship, the Knight Arts Challenge for 2013 and 2015, a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for 2013, in the inaugural Speculative Fiction Workshop at Voices of Our Nation 2014, and a graduate of the Clarion Sci-Fi and Fantasy Workshop in 2015.