VISIONS Now! Intends to amplify, advance and leverage an intentional voice with the media and external community. At the same time, we anticipate VISIONS Now! to also play a role in strengthening the foundation and direction for our VISIONS internal community. The roll-out will be one pre-recorded session per month moving forward. Please refer to our social media and website to access dates and details.
Mental Health in the AAPI Community, Racism and Solidarity with Hideko Akashi and Yoojin Lee
Happy AAPI Heritage Month AND Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! Join in on a conversation with Hideko Akashi and Yoojin Lee, two VISIONS Consultants, who discuss Mental Health in the AAPI community and how it relates to anti-Asian racism. Also, our guests share important perspectives on structural oppression in relationship to AAPI's experience in the U.S. and examples of historical cross-racial solidarity. Join them for an upcoming workshop on June 6th about AAPI's and Suicide, to register, use this link:
Also, check out this incredible set or resources:
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Thanks for listening!
#Freeher: Sex Work, Decriminalization, and Women's History ft. Tori Parham
Tori and I revisit a conversation that we started in January regarding the distinction between the issues of Human Trafficking and Sex Work. We talk about gender, incarceration and womanhood from intergenerational and perspective. Tori is the VISIONS Inc. Social Media and Marketing intern. Check out Tori's work by following VISIONS on IG: @visions_inc and like us on Facebook: VISIONS-inc
This episode is full of resources about these subjects but here are few of the ones we mentioned:
Coyote Rhode Island Podcast:
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
John Oliver Show
Cultural Sharing with Elika Dadsetan-Foley as we Celebrate Her/Their Two Year Anniversary as the Executive Director of VISIONS Inc.
Happy Spring! Happy Nowrooz! Happy two-year anniversary to Elika, our Executive Director. Elika shares about how cultural orientation, experience, and identity inform her role of Executive Director at VISIONS Inc. Through the practice of Cultural Sharing, a classic VISIONS tool, we explore the ways that Elika's identity impacts her understanding of the history of VISIONS and her dreams for the future!
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Black History Month Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Armond James
We know it's March but we are giving you one more Black History Month episode because the celebration of Black History Month is a forever thing. This final episode in the series covers so much! A relatively uncut conversation with Philadelphia's own Mr. James. Armond James was born and raised in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, and credits his parents for providing him a strong foundation, and teaching him about hard work, respect and the importance of education. Mr. James graduated from Temple University, where he discovered a passion for teaching and politics. Armond revels at the opportunity to build relationships with his student's inside and out of the classroom.
You can follow Armond James on IG: @Fulanijamesfoe
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We hope you had a great Black History Month and that you continue to find ways to stay rooted in history while striving for a better future!
Black History Month Series: Black Futures and Decolonization with Marcel Celblock Woodruff
This week I spoke with Marcel Woodruff about how his relationships with young people have informed his vision for the future of the black community. We also discussed the concept of decolonization and how we can use this framework to center emotional literacy, healing and historical awareness as we combat systemic oppression. Marcel Woodruff is a native of Fresno California and graduate of Bullard Hight School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Xavier university of Louisiana and his Master of Divinity from Fresno Pacific University seminary. Marcel has served as mentor, adviser, and life coach from Fresno youth primarily from the South West and South East areas of Fresno for 15 years and during that time has worked with over 3000 youth in Fresno, Ca. Marcel currently works as a youth organizer with Faith in the Valley Fresno, and sits on the board of Neighborhood industries. Marcel is husband to Jolana Woodruff, a father of 3, and a man who loves his community. You can find marcel on Facebook: Marcel Celblock Woodruff, IG: @Marcel_celblock_enterprises Twitter: @CelblockSA or go to advancepeace.org
ALSO check out this album featuring music from the youth in Fresno:
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Black History Month Series: Education with Ayesha Wilson
This week we are discussing education, what the main concerns for black students and educators are and the need to keep it real when it comes to teaching history and "critical race theory" in the classroom.
Ayesha Wilson is serving in her second term as a Cambridge School Committee Member. She grew up in the Jefferson Park Public Housing Development in a single-parent first-generation Jamaican-American household and attended public school in Cambridge, and she is the first black woman who grew up in the Cambridge Housing Authority to serve on the Cambridge School Committee. Ayesha’s wealth of personal experience with the issues faced in her community informs her approach to leadership every day. Throughout her life and career, she has been advocating for and engaging with the community, and specifically young people. Ayesha earned her Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Urban College of Boston, then her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Wheelock College. In addition to serving on the School Committee, she currently works for the Cambridge Housing Authority in youth development and as a live-in support specialist for adults with special needs. Ayesha also serves as Secretary for the NAACP Cambridge Branch, on the Board of Directors of YWCA Cambridge, a Member of the Greater Boston Association of Black Social Workers, a Member of the and is an alum of Emerge Massachusetts. She is passionate about civic engagement, mental health, and making sure that our most marginalized and most underserved have all of their needs met. Ayesha particularly values being a strong role model for young people who want to give back to their community. Many of the projects she has worked on have been aimed at instilling these skills and knowledge in youth, creating the next generation of activists, advocates, and legislators.
Follow Ayesha on IG @voteayesha or go to www.voteayesha.com to get involved with her campaign work.
Great for DEI
Love the conversation and analogs is that builds a frame for thinking, behaving and feeling around differences and multiculturalism.
Good intellectual overview
A good overview of the Visions model, and highly intellectual. Could use more “feelings as messengers” discussions. The conversation frequently lapses into the highly abstract, which creates no personal connection between speaker and listeners. It would be challenging to open a dialogue between members of historically included and excluded groups, and expand that dialogue beyond the categories of race/gender/sexuality. The Visions model is has that potential and much more to offer.
Insightful, comprehensive and approachable!
This is so important! Multiculturalism and these topics within need to be discussed and here, a space is created that is contemplative and deeply honest. I appreciate the personal narrative lending to macro analysis... A MUST listen!!