Political Warfare Self-Care training presentation for the Black Women's March in 2017

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Political Warfare Self-Care training presentation for the Black Women's March in 2017

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Political Warfare Self-Care training presentation for the Black Women's March in 2017

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Political Warfare Self-Care training presentation for the Black Women's March in 2017. Including an overview of WWC, introduction to self-care, boundaries, community agreements, liberation health models, and different models and ways to find the right self-care.

The training was developed by LaTierra Piphus, but due to misscheduling and miscommunication the training never took place.

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Womanist Working Collective

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18 April 2018

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The Womanist Working Collective is a social action and support collective for Black womyn (both cis & trans), femmes & gender variant folks. Our work unapologetically centers our Quality of Life and livelihoods through Community Organizing, Philanthropy and Self-care.
Self-care:
Our goals around healing often speak to our collective need to decolonization and reconstruct new practices while harnessing the work of our ancestors and past movements for liberation. We’re also Social Work oriented and utilize Trauma-Informed Care practices.
Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
Events:
Altar-making workshops, Poetry Readings, Black Femme Slumber Parties, “Insecure” Binge Fest, Festivals, Happy Hours, Sister Circles, Recovering from Toxic Work Environments events, Book Clubs, urban garden days, retreats
“the activities individuals, families, and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health.”
-World Health Organization

“Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit [health practitioners] when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term. ”
-Self Care Forum

Rest + Resistance:
Resistance exercises which may aid in rest (Self-Care)
Items that it may be helpful to prep beforehand and bring with you
Self-care practices to do while at the march
Spend time identifying member’s boundaries in case there are things that need to be addressed before the march:
For example, wheelchair bound participants may not consent to being pushed through the crowd; other participants in your group should know that.
Example 2: Some folks are not “huggers” and may prefer folks don’t intentionally touch them during the march.
Community Agreements operate similarly as they are rules that are developed collectively, as a group. For example, anything personal shared during this march should stay confidential.
Be Present
Be deliberate about your purpose in this moment. Be a Role Model.

Share the Time & Participate
Share the conversation – encourage everyone to participate. Listen generously. Assume goodwill. Speak from your own experience – take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and actions. You have no control over others, but you can choose how you interact and respond.

Take a Risk
Encourage full participation. Welcome new ideas and perspectives, and challenge yourself in order to learn something new.

Don’t Rain on My Parade
It’s Okay to Disagree. Don’t put down someone’s interests, views, and choices. There’s room for more than one idea and point of view. Appreciate and value multiple realities.

Set & Respect Boundaries
Practice setting limits for yourself and respecting the limits of others. It’s ok to pass or say “No” or “I need time to think about it.” Don’t punish other people with silence or anger when they share their reality or the truth as they see it.

Intent is Different from Impact
Be aware that sometimes the things we say or do may have a negative impact on others, despite our intent. Respond with concern, and seek understanding when a negative impact occurs.

Consequences
If you can’t keep these agreements and are disruptive to the group, the facilitator will give you a warning. If you need to be reminded a second time, you will need to meet one-on-one and make a contract with an RCC staff member. If the disruptions continue, you may be asked to take a leave of absence as determined by RCC staff.

Be Yourself
We are a diverse community. We celebrate and welcome expressions across a broad spectrum of gender and identity. Be Creative and express yourself. Don’t hide or change who you are just to fit in. Make it a practice to ask and tell others which pronouns you use.

Confidentiality – what’s said in the room stays in the room.Ask permission to share or discuss statements that others make.

Clean Up & Recycle. Help us maintain a clean environment.

If You Carry, Keep It Buried. If you carry items for self-defense, keep them invisible.

Don’t Come High or Holding. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol allowed!

Respect
Respect people’s self-identity and different points of view. Support people who are different from you. Check Your Privilege and Assumptions. Be careful of jumping to conclusions. It’s okay to come out as straight or cisgender. Use correct pronouns. Un-gender your language(avoid ma’am or sir).

We’re All in This Together
We are a community with many parts, and all of us have experienced rejection. Help Us Build an LGBTQQSGLI2SAA Community Based on Respect & Love For Yourself and Everyone Else. Be supportive and ask for support when you need it.


Make an altar kit - Bring things that ground you & keep you present; things that remind you what you’re marching for; Could be foods, smells, images, textures.
Altar – A decorated space dedicated to the reverence and worship of the Ancestors.
Some folks use old altoids tins or trinket boxes to put a few grounding essentials or motivating items as their mini-altars.
Maybe a great place to store your tinctures or wallet-sized photos of loved ones

Ask someone you trust to hold you both in compassion and hold you accountable when you’re not at your best. There will be many emotional and triggering moments that come up for you. It’s natural and expected!
An accountability buddy can help you stay grounded and heard during your difficult moments. You should also reciprocate this if possible or at least find a AB that already has someone else as their AB.
Listen to music on your way there or even during the march if external noise gets to overwhelming. Being headphones/earbuds.

Negro Spirituals: http://www.negrospirituals.com/songs/
Examples: Download “Sweet Honey in the Rock” MP3s
Pre-made playlists for each mood you may experience: Excitement, Anger, Sadness, Stress/Relaxation
Examples: Three 6 Mafia playlist, Cardi B. Playlist, Solange Playlist, Nina Simone Playlist
The Black Feminist Breathing Chorus a series of meditations drawing on the wisdom of Black feminist ancestors-Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs
http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com
“I am who I am, doing what I came to do” -Audre Lorde
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” -June Jordan
“I found god in myself & I loved her fiercely”-Ntozake Shange
Study Group for “Uses of Anger” by Audre Lorde
Know your triggers, know your symptoms, know how to calm yourself down or channel your energy constructively
Emotional Intelligence & Deep Breathing tutorial

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Womanist Working Collective , “Political Warfare Self-Care training presentation for the Black Women's March in 2017,” Womanist Working Collective Archive, accessed July 2, 2022, https://wwcarchive.omeka.net/items/show/149.

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