MSPA Fellowship Questions (Describe a moment when you felt empowered or…
MSPA Fellowship Questions
What are your experiences with social justice issues and movements?
This is the real movement work
Working in Detroit for RCL
Experiencing community organizing first hand
The inevitability of community organizing
Being able to be in spaces like the AMC
Organizers don't make something happen, they facilitate what needs to happen
Still take initiative
Movement work is about making those connections that build power
Do you identify as an organizer, activist, or neither? Why?
more explicitly involves the tough movement work required to make change in our communities intentionally, collectively, and sustainably. I would prefer that for myself.
Neither, because I'm not currently doing that work
I've done some work, connecting people with resources
Mental health stuff for CSG MTHF
Organizing w/ RCL
Activism seems linked to a social justice superstar
Describe an experience working with a team.
Not perfect, involved some problems, ie. Nick
Talk about the value of women of color in leadership
Team work is the lifeblood of the movement and we need to work together in tough ways.
My a cappella group
I've always had to deal with groups that do or don't want to work with me
Existing on a team as a marginalized person
I've worked with a lot of teams and none is perfect
Describe an experience addressing an interpersonal conflict while working with other people.
Transformative justice is second nature to me, I grew up in a big family
Problems w/ mateen
I grew up navigating a lot of toxic dynamics. We've got to pull these apart, and change the script in the way that we interact with one another.
Looking at the root causes of problems and working from the understanding that we want to keep working together
Conflict needs to exist constructively, not destructively
Describe a moment when you felt empowered or disempowered?
Spaces where I've been lifted up
Opposed to rest of family
Everyday life as a trans person
Doing art, prayer
This is a place where I can exist
Art has been a way for me to interact
Being out in nature
Leadership and facilitation
A specific moment?
What are the spaces I've been in where my queerness is okay
This is a powerful, empowering thing for me
UofM has created some of the first places where I can exist in leadership and facilitation as a trans POC
Homeschool and DTech
Being in the US vs. my ancestral land
What pushed you to care about social justice?
My political beliefs are strongly tied to my faith
Wealth is a sin, capitalism is a sin
Collectivism and love is holy, as is radical breaking down of social barriers.
The gospel is about political revolution towards collectivism, decentralization, and healing
My faith is rooted in generations. My grandmother who's faith drove her out of finland and her misogynist lifestyle which she lived to work in civil rights organizing in london. My other grandmother who similarly faced a mysoginist lifestyle from the beginning with her marriage at 14, but became a matriarch of great strength over our great family. Her radical love was driven by her strong muslim faith. Radical love tied to faith has been passed down from my grandmothers.