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For The Wild is an Anthology of the Anthropocene; Focused on land based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift from human supremacy towards deep ecology.

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For The Wild is an Anthology of the Anthropocene; Focused on land based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift from human supremacy towards deep ecology.

    Lama ROD OWENS on Liberatory Rage /191

    Lama ROD OWENS on Liberatory Rage /191

    We are angry, angry when we are treated without dignity, when we witness or experience injustice, angry about politics, angry when we are unable to communicate, angry over wounds we haven’t been able to heal - anger is something we are all familiar with, yet amidst this familiarity, our relationship with anger is strained. This week on For The Wild, we are joined by Lama Rod Owens to explore anger’s purpose in liberation. Rather than denying our anger, or policing and demonizing the anger of another, how can we allow it to alert us to imbalance and injustice? How do we make space for anger as an illuminating and guiding force? And as we empower our feelings of rage, how do we recognize that anger is paradoxically both a privilege and a necessity under white supremacy? As we make space for our own rage, we are called to the work of denouncing the oppressor’s strategy of invalidating emotional expression, we are called to recognize and witness each other’s anger. Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. Music by Rupa and the April Fishes, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Nathan Salsburg, and Bird By Snow. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.

    ANJALI NATH UPADHYAY, M.A.² on Radical Unlearning /190

    ANJALI NATH UPADHYAY, M.A.² on Radical Unlearning /190

    We are experiencing a precarious moment in time. On the one hand, it is emblematic of late-stage capitalism and on the other, it is providing us with piercing clarity, luring us into consciousness. This week’s guest, Anjali Nath Upadhyay, M.A.², reminds us that because this moment is so precarious, false starts are no longer an option and recognition is not enough. Instead, we must engage in deep unlearning. Instead of remaining reliant on an exploitative and traumatizing system, we are called to feel into our creative powers, honor our responsibilities and cultivate our deepest curiosities in the name of collective liberation.

    ♫ Music by Zena Carlota and Amaara.

    Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.

    JACKIE WANG on Carceral Capitalism /189

    JACKIE WANG on Carceral Capitalism /189

    Predatory lending and parasitic governance are propelling our society into a condition of extreme instability. In the wake of the initial economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, we are already seeing local governments authorize austerity measures, like increased policing and incarceration to fill revenue gaps. Coupled with the dramatically heightened police presence in our communities at this moment, we find ourselves standing at the precipice of an even more militarized, surveilled, and technocratic world. To resist the conjuring of this hostile future, we need to engage in some serious social visioning. This week, we are joined by Jackie Wang to discuss the function of the carceral state amidst late-stage capitalism and the pervasiveness of the debt economy. Jackie calls us to disrupt what we’ve normalized, break state-sanctioned cycles of harm, and reallocate our collective resources in the name of taking care of our communities. Jackie Wang is a black studies scholar, poet, multimedia artist, and Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College. She received her PhD in African and African American Studies at Harvard University and was recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism. Music by Jackie Wang. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.

    DeeplyRooted: Honoring our Ancestors and the Earth with LEAH PENNIMAN /188

    DeeplyRooted: Honoring our Ancestors and the Earth with LEAH PENNIMAN /188

    Deeply Rooted is an offering devoted to inviting relief, balance and abundance into our lives during uncertain times. We've brought together some amazing folks who we feel are wise stewards of Earth, spirit, community and bodily wisdom who will share a variety of grounding practices and coping tools to lend support during this unprecedented time where it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.

    This week, Leah Penniman guides us through an adaptation of a Haitian prayer from her maternal lineage that honors the forces of nature and our ancestors. Leah’s gracious offering invites us to open ourselves to the elements of the Earth that shape our lives. Together we practice reverence and gratitude for the gifts that surround us and give us our strength, health and nourishment.

    After months of quarantine anxiety and separation from each other and from Earth, let Leah’s uplifting words reconnect you with the ever-present and unstoppable flow of life in which we dance. In celebration of the summer solstice, Leah’s prayer is one to raise your arms wide, to touch your bare feet to the Earth, to give thanks, and to rejoice in this life!

    Follow our Deeply Rooted releases to find solace and awaken inspiration through guided meditations, poetry and prose readings, questions for deep inquiry, story-telling, musical performances and more. May these offerings nourish your inner sanctuary and foster resilience, empowerment and liberation.

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    MARIAME KABA on Moving Past Punishment [ENCORE] /187

    MARIAME KABA on Moving Past Punishment [ENCORE] /187

    In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen tremendous movement to defund the police and move into communities and economies of care across the country. This is long, long, overdue, yet we notice some real resistance from those who are just beginning to get involved with this work when it comes to imagining a world without the police. However, at this point, can any of us look to the world and feel confident that the police care about us? This week we’re re-releasing our episode with Mariame Kaba on Moving Past Punishment. Mariame joins us for an expansive conversation on Transformative Justice, community accountability, criminalization of survivors, and freedom on the horizon. We invite you to take a listen to this episode this week as a resource to feel empowered to further conversations on abolition, the movement to defund the police, and the violent and oppressive history of policing against our Black, Indigenous, and brown relatives, as well as to hopefully find the organizations in your community that have been doing this work since the beginning. Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She has co-founded multiple organizations and projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, Love and Protect and most recently Survived and Punished. Music by Wyclef Jean, Jason Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.

    "The Well" by brontë velez /186

    "The Well" by brontë velez /186

    Over the years, our For The Wild community has been blessed many times by the scholarship and poetry of brontë velez. Through their word, we have been summoned to surrender, to imagine future worlds, and to embody the revolution. If you have had the pleasure of listening to brontë, For The Wild is asking you to give generously to them and Lead to Life, to support their divine, healing, and liberatory work. Through their work, brontë reminds us that “Black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson) and during these times of great transformation and tension, we must prioritize Black wellness and communal care. Financial resources given to Lead to Life will fund their rapid response work; a summer healing series led by Black healers for the Black community, care packages for mothers whose children have been murdered by the police, ongoing trauma stewardship programs focused on nature connection and expressive art therapy for families who are survivors of police and state violence, and more. We are asking our listeners who have believed in brontë’s musings as a guiding light, to support Lead to Life’s work as an investment towards the world we so desperately need, as well as an act of reciprocity for those who have richly given to our imaginations and hearts. As inspiration for giving, we present brontë’s prophecy “The Well”, written by brontë velez. Initially aired on For The Wild Podcast Episode 139, “on the Pleasurable Surrender of White Supremacy [Part One]”, this prophecy was written by brontë velez and originally recited by brontë velez, jazmín calderón torres, and Liz Kennedy of Lead to Life and Ra Malika Imhotep, co-founder and co-convener of The Church of Black Feminist Thought, with musical accompaniment by Jiordi Rosales at Lead to Life’s public alchemy ceremony in 2019. Give in gratitude directly to brontë through their Venmo at bronte-velez or directly to Lead to Life by becoming a monthly member of their alchemist guild or through a one time donation and ensure that Lead to Life meets their $25,000 goal by Juneteenth “in support of Black life, Black joy, and Black healing.” Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full description and biographies.

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