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We see

The Work

as INTERSECTIONAL UNSCHOOLING,  "an orientation of unschooling that includes the dismantling of the systems breaking our world: Patriarchy, racism, neocolonialism, capitalism, etc. It’s not enough to be raising free people, we need to raise free, aware people towards a transformed world."

 Zakiyya Ismail | May 10, 2019 | ArticlesUnschoolingWriting

We UNDERSTAND that we have been socialized in a society whose systems are polluted by structural racism, patriarchy, toxic capitalism, ableism, environmental injustice and more.  We BELIEVE that if you are not actively working to understand the intersectional ways that our systems oppress different groups of people, then you are complicit in that oppression.  We also know that we cannot see, understand or engage in the work without listening to and learning from people who are not benefiting from those systems.

 

  Here are some resources we are using and recommend:

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Interactive Resources:

Maleka Diggs of the Eclectic Learning Network and Akilah Richards of the Fare of the Free Child Podcast and Network, present an opportunity for groups or individuals to dig into how individual biases and normalized practices create harmful, unsafe SDE spaces.  The authors describe the workbook as "designed to support all people who are dedicated to nurturing healthy, successful SDE spaces while recognizing and valuing the intersections of personal identity, race, and culture."  Developing a Disruptor's Ear goes beyond the typical workbook, in that it prompts participants to question, reflect and write about their own experiences and lives in order to create personal action plans.

Eclectic Learning Network founder, Maleka Diggs offers 1:1 or group coaching designed to support individuals and groups in their anti-racist work.  Maleka creates time and space for deep, thoughtful, multi-sensory unpacking of the lenses through which you've lived your life and viewed the world.  Her sessions are always revelatory and often feel like a cross between spiritual practice and therapy.... and maybe her coaching is actually both of those things.  

Books:

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Podcasts:

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The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

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Scene on Radio is a podcast that tells stories exploring human experience and American society.  Seeing White is a fourteen part series that seeks to answer: Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?