Recognizing that we live within systems of oppression, and working to respond to structural oppressions in strategic ways that minimize inequalities on a larger path to building justice.
Difference is our strength
Inclusion & Belonging:
Everyone has a role and a place
Accessibility & Disability Justice:
"Born [from the organizing of] queer disabled women of colour....It insists that our worth is inherent and tied to the liberation of all beings".
"Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things." -Kimberlé Crenshaw
Started by women of colour organizers. I seek to align myself and my work in direct opposition to oppression.
Working in solidarity with communities that are already doing the real work.
Braver, Safer Spaces:
Holding space for our contradictions, learning how to be safer to others; sharing imperfect spaces with imperfect people.
Body Positivity & Body Liberation:
All bodies are good bodies.
Centering consent in physical and emotional interactions, privacy, and throughout relationships
Honouring the lived experiences of community members and creating meaningful engagement that feels good.
Accountability & Calling In:
Holding each other accountable through naming harm and invitations to do better while remaining anchored in community.
Process over product. Relationships over results.
All Feelings Welcome:
All feelings are valid! Our feelings tell us important things and I work to honour that knowledge in my work.
*In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", the Arkenstone, also called "the King's Jewel" was a gem and family heirloom in the Line of Durin, and sought after by Thorin Oakenshield