47 episodes

Welcome to Collective Power: we are out to transform trauma system-wide by presenting a mirror of the system to itself. Each week, we focus on one system. Each show, we hear from a person who has an experience of one aspect of that system. On the last show each month, we bring folks back together to look at the big picture and what is possible for our city, our country and our world. From these conversations, repeated patterns at different levels across society: the key to societal transformation.

Collective Power Podcast Rita S Fierro. Ph.D.

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Welcome to Collective Power: we are out to transform trauma system-wide by presenting a mirror of the system to itself. Each week, we focus on one system. Each show, we hear from a person who has an experience of one aspect of that system. On the last show each month, we bring folks back together to look at the big picture and what is possible for our city, our country and our world. From these conversations, repeated patterns at different levels across society: the key to societal transformation.

    Data Series: How does the use of data in Higher Education reinforce white supremacy? 

    Data Series: How does the use of data in Higher Education reinforce white supremacy? 

    In this episode, we discuss how higher education reinforces white supremacy by design. We highlight the data that exposes these contradictions. In particular, we talk about three ways higher education enforces white supremacy: 1) Quality of life for millennials will not higher than parents' generations; 2) There is a gap between white students and students of color and no meaningful attempts really close that gap; and 3) Data are often collected as a diversion.


     Our guest, Libby Smith (she/they) is an organizational healing facilitator, as an experienced and holistic evaluator and educator who has worked for several years in higher education. She excels at the human component of evaluation and organizational change. Never one to shy away from crucial conversations, Libby deftly balances accountability and compassion. Their work focuses on building equity and  accessibility through personal growth & embodiment practices. Libby has an MS in Applied Psychology and serves as Program Director for the MS Applied Psychology program at her alma mater where she provides guidance and professional development to emerging evaluators. She supports individuals and organizations in navigating hard conversations that will lead them towards transformative change. She has been practicing breathwork since 2018, and politicized somatics since 2020; using both in service of clients realizing their purpose, finding their worth, and building human connection.

    Resources mentioned on the show:
    You can contact libby through her website.
    You can check out her podcast Radical (Re)Imagining here.

    Apologies for the audio gaps and delays. Show recorded inside of fallacies of a spotty internet connection.

    Recorded on January 11, 2022; aired on  January 14, 2022.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    It's All One System: Moving Beyond Shame with Jeanette Vega

    It's All One System: Moving Beyond Shame with Jeanette Vega

    In this episode, we discuss how parents who have been targeted by the family policing system (child protective services) experience all the systems, together, allied to the detriment of their own families. By sharing her powerful-first hand experience, Jeannette Vega inspires a life beyond fear and shame, where the experiences of parents who had their children removed are honored and become the core to support system transformation.
    Our guest, Jeanette Vega is a proud mother of four boys and a proud parent advocate in NYC. Jeannette my own personal experience with child welfare in 1999 and it was over in 2002. Jeanette started contributing to Rise in 2008 and began as a Training Director in 2018. She is now the Assistant Director for Training and Policy at Rise. Jeanette specializes in presenting parents’ perspectives to child welfare professionals and training other parents to become advocates. Jeanette leads Rise’s work consulting with the Administration for Children’s Services and other agencies on their internal staff trainings. Jeanette graduated from the Child Welfare Organizing Project’s Parent Leadership Training in 2005 and was one of the first parent advocates to staff Child Safety Conferences in New York City. Jeannette is also the Equity and Parent Advocacy Chair for Home for Good Coalition.

    Resources mentioned on the show:  
    Rise Website
    Home for Good Coalition Website

    Originally aired on 02/25/2021
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

    • 38 min
    It's all one System: Changing the Formula of our Purple Country

    It's all one System: Changing the Formula of our Purple Country

    In this episode, we use  the mathematical definition of a "system" as a set of rules that preserve a certain result, to look at the ways that the System as a whole preserves itself.  Our guest, Attorney Karla Cruel, walks us through her approach to re-write the constitution--laid out in a new article she co-wrote with Rita Fierro on Medium (link below). Rewriting the constitution is a strategy designed to bring out the purple majority and  overcome the dialectic of blue against red that we've become accustomed  that keeps our country oppressing many to the benefit of the 1%.
    Karla L. Cruel, Esq., is an  educator, now social entrepreneur who launched Legal Empowerment Group to educate and support lower-to-middle income individuals. She worked as staff attorney for Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN), assisting with Philadelphia’s Eviction Prevention Project.  Throughout her schooling, she has been promoting social equality and racial and religious reconciliation.  Ms. Cruel attended and graduated from Drexel University’s Thomas Kline School of Law. She has practiced law in various areas including criminal law, family law, landlord-tenant law, business law, charter school law and other civil transactional and litigation. Karla L. Cruel is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania. Ms. Cruel also holds a master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in criminal justice is a mentor, speaker, educator and community advocate.

    Resources mentioned on the show:
    It's time to re-write the Constitution article
    Charles Hamilton Houston history
    Brown vs. board of Education 1954 case history
    Most Americans live in Purple America Washington Post Article
    George Orwell's 1984 book
    Attorney Karla's instagram page
    Attorney Karla's Twitter page

    Originally recorded  on February 11, 2021.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

    • 58 min
    white Supremacy in the Body: Make Pearls, Not War with Lisa Jo Epstein, Bernadette Pleasant, and Roz Thomas

    white Supremacy in the Body: Make Pearls, Not War with Lisa Jo Epstein, Bernadette Pleasant, and Roz Thomas

    In this episode we engage in conversations with three expert facilitators on their personal stories that led them to experience, understand, and value how white supremacy is stored in our bodies and how healing in community is an essential way for what's next.  By healing together, we can shift from inherited fear through being witnessed and being curious. There are ways for us to come to the table together. There are ways for us to strengthen our relationships, re-embrace consistency, joy and trust and let go, releasing ourselves to not knowing.


    Resources Mentioned on the show:
    Lisa Jo's website
    Bernadette's website
    Roslyn's email: rosaroo1@live.com
    400 years: Unlearning racism through the body, storytelling and deep listening

    Originally Recorded on January 29, 2021.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

    • 59 min
    white Supremacy in the Body: Facing the Ring of Fire--Unlearning Racism with Bernadette Pleasant

    white Supremacy in the Body: Facing the Ring of Fire--Unlearning Racism with Bernadette Pleasant

    In this episode, through storytelling and reflection, we review the somatic experience that people of color have of how the System can unleash itself against them at any time. We highlight how bodies of people of color retain memories of traumatic events and how the retriggering is unlikely for white people to understand. We offer ways to weave the gap across different experiences and pave the way for unlearning racism, healing, and mutual understanding.
    Our guest, Bernadette is a fiery sensual Speaker, Somatic Healer, Sacred Grief Ritual Facilitator, Creator of The Emotional Institute and Femme!, a mind-body wellness program. With certifications in Somatic Healing Modalities and Sensual Movement, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy—and studies in African, Tribal, and Free Dance—Bernadette promotes emotional freedom through movement and empowerment.

    Resources mentioned on the show:
     
    Bernadette Pleasant's website
    400 years: Unlearning racism through the body, storytelling and deep listening

    Originally recorded on  January 25, 2021.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

    • 53 min
    white Supremacy in the Body: Democracy is Freedom from Inner Tyranny with LisaJo Epstein

    white Supremacy in the Body: Democracy is Freedom from Inner Tyranny with LisaJo Epstein

    In this episode we break down several aspects of internalized white supremacy: perfectionism, conflict as danger, defensiveness, not-good-enough story, and obsession with product over process and doing the right thing. We also highlight how the discomfort and dissonance between our perception of ourselves and the realties we are confronted with are key to healing internal white supremacy and freeing ourselves from the inner tyranny that keeps us separate and isolated. Healing the inner tyranny is possible when allow ourselves to take our proper place as one piece in a bigger puzzle: one piece with both it's importance and its limitations.
    "How can we have a multi racial democracy if the water we’re drinking is still white supremacy? “--Lisa Jo Epstein Ph.D.
    Our guest, Lisa Jo Epstein Ph.D., is the Executive & Artistic Director of Just Act, and an accomplished theatre director, educator, Theatre of the Oppressed trainer and facilitator. Dr. Lisa Jo works at the intersection of theatre, social justice, anti-oppression facilitation and community-based engagement, and integrates her unique background and facilitation skills into creative social justice diversity training, education, capacity building, community-based planning, development, expression and activism. In the 1990s, she trained for 3 years with Augusto Boal, creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, and interned with Ariane Mnouchkine of the renowned Théâtre du Soleil in Paris France.  Dr Lisa Jo founded Just Act in 2015, serving as a catalyst for change and activism to build a just world.
    Resources mentioned on the show:

    Augusto Boal also here
    Theatre of the Oppressed
    Lisa Jo Epstein bio
    Just Act

    Originally recorded on  1/14/2021
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

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