Envision Freedom's Dismantling Injustice podcast offers insight and analysis from our community members, allies, and colleagues about issues affecting people who encounter the racist, unjust criminal legal and immigration systems and the work we're all doing to dismantle those systems.
Beyond Self-Care: Collective Care to Sustain Movements
We are wrapping up our series on mental health with a conversation with Cara Page - a Black, Queer Feminist cultural memory worker, author & organizer. For the past 30+ years, she has organized at the intersections of racial, gender & economic justice and transformative justice. Cara is the co-author of the book Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care & Safety - to be released next month. Cara and Carl discuss healing justice: how it addresses activist burnout, how it's different from self-care and why it's necessary for our collective liberation.
Cara's book Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care & Safety will be released February 7, 2023. You can pre-order here! https://www.northatlanticbooks.com/shop/healing-justice-lineages/ You can join their virtual launch event on February 8, 2023 here! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xSjrzeh8QhG-JeShJxCIvg
You can follow their work on instagram at @hjlineages.
The Mental Health Needs of Migrant New Yorkers
A conversation between Carl Hamad-Lipscombe and Vianey Romero-Mendez, director of programs at Mixteca, about the need for mental health resources in immigrant communities. Vianey explains the term "immigration stress," why mental health services are so critical for immigrant New Yorkers and small ways we can all reduce stress in our own lives.
Learn more about Mixteca at https://www.mixteca.org/en/home. If you are in need of services, you can reach Mixteca at (718) 965-4795 or visit their office at 245 23rd Street, 2nd Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11215.
Why Jailing will Never Solve a Mental Health Crisis
TW: Mention of suicide
Access to effective and affordable mental healthcare has long been an issue in New York, recently rising to a higher profile in the wake of the pandemic and, most recently, Mayor Eric Adams' proposed plan to involuntarily hospitalize people who appear mentally ill. Carl sits down with Jeffrey Severe from the NYC Public Advocate's Office to discuss the criminalization of mental health in NYC. Jeffrey shares Public Advocate Jumaane Williams' concerns with Adams' plan and offers alternative solutions for mental healthcare that do not contribute to incarceration and community destabilization. Together, they discuss why jails and policing solutions will never lead to the safe and compassionate mental health treatment that New Yorkers desperately need.
How to Talk to your Family and Friends about Bail Reform This Holiday Season
You’re gathered around the dinner table for the holidays when a relative makes a comment about bail, jail, or public safety that doesn't mesh with what you know. We've all been there. Envision Freedom is here to help! In our final episode of 2022, Carl talks to Envision Freedom Communication Manager, Julie Mente, about how we can have calm, productive conversations and bring more people along with us to end the deadly harms caused by money bail and pretrial detention.
7 Tips for Talking About Bail Reform
Our factsheet on Jail and Pretrial Detention
A Look Back on 2022: Wins, Losses and What Inspires Us to Keep Fighting
On this episode of Dismantling Injustice, Carl gives us an end-of-year wrap up on 2022. This year, we fought for liberation and WON with the passage of the Stop Immigration Bond Abuse Act! Carl shares more about this exciting news along with analysis into why some of the bills we supported did not make it over the finish line this year. He also shares what angered us in 2022 - including immigration transfers from Orange County Correctional Facility, rollbacks to bail reform and fear-mongering by media and politicians. And we pause to remember the lives taken from us by the deadly institution that is Rikers Island, including the most recent death on Sunday, December 11.
We Take Care of Us: Mutual Aid Support for Unhoused Asylum Seekers
To wrap up our series on homelessess, Carl talks with Ariadna Phillips, founder of South Bronx Mutual Aid, about supporting asylum seekers in New York. Ariadna walks us through the origins of the mutual aid group during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and how this model meets community need when systems continue to fail us - including when asylum seekers were bused to New York this past summer. Ariadna tells us what this action looked like behind the scenes, the ways our government dropped the ball and how we can continue to provide support.