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39 Thriving After Incarceration with Jonel Beauvais & Aida Cuadrado Bozzo of Community Change

By Kate Werning - Social Justice Organizer & Trainer; Healing Practitioner

This week we're joined by Jonel Beauvais and Aida Cuadrado Bozzo from the Womens Fellowship at Community Change, which exists to hone the organizing skills of formerly incarcerated women of color or those otherwise directly impacted by incarceration and the criminal justice system. Jonel talks about the trauma of incarceration and her return to her community (Akwesasne people in Mohawk territory), resilience of women of color, frontline leadership, and the community’s role in ritualizing return. ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Jonel Beauvais is an indigenous sister, Mohawk woman, a witness of imprisonment, adversity survivor, spirit lover, working to end violence, and living for the next generation. She is a descendant of women of the wolf clan lineage, and is rooted in the community of Akwesasne where she works with the Seven Dancers Coalition. Aida Cuadrado Bozzo is an ordinary person who does extraordinary things. She is a transformative organizer, committed to everyone being present to their own greatness - especially women of color. Aida is from Michigan, by way of Paterson, New Jersey, by way of Puerto Rico. She's an organizer on the Reinvestment Team and convenes the Womens Fellowship at Community Change. Previous practices from this podcast that we reference in our conversation: Somatic Centering Practice from Sumitra Rajkumar, and Forgiveness Meditation Practice from Jacoby Ballard. ----------- PRACTICE: In the following episode (publishing next week), Jonel shares a practice from her people for doing a group ritual called a Condolence Ceremony. Subscribe to this podcast to make sure you don't miss it. Subscribe to this podcast to make sure you don't miss it. ----------- We're hiring! Join our team as a part-time Digital Organizer or Podcast Producer. More info & apply by June 30th at http://www.healingjustice.org/work ----------- Welcome to Book Club! 📚 Thank you to Book Club member David Jay for offering the original poem shared in this week's episode! Do you have art or images inspired by Pleasure Activism? Tag us on social media for a share! Book Club is our gathering place for our listener community to learn, explore, and practice together. Our first selection is Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Get your copy now from our partners at AK Press with code PODCAST for 15% off! www.akpress.org Join Book Club at any reward level $10 & up on our Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/healingjustice to get members-only access to a 30% off discount code at AK Press, a discussion guide for hosting your own gathering around this book, and be invited to a virtual hangout with adrienne, Amita, and Monique Tula this summer to talk further about Pleasure Activism. And check out our Community level, Reciprocity level for practitioners, Redistribution level where we share 15% of money raised with less visible less resourced frontline healing justice groups, and our Donor Circle level on Patreon too. Every membership tier above $10 includes Book Club. See you there! xo   ----------- JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Sign up for our email list to receive a free healing justice zine & resources for your work and wellbeing. Sign up here: http://www.healingjustice.org Join our virtual community at http://www.patreon.com/healingjustice  Talk with us on social media: Instagram @healingjustice, Healing Justice Podcast on Facebook, & @hjpodcast on Twitter  ----------- SHOW YOUR SUPPORT Please follow / subscribe, rate, & review in whatever app you are listening, and SHARE this resource with everyone you know who could benefit from it! Help us keep making this podcast by becoming a sustainer at www.patreon.com/healingjustice  You can also give a one time donation here: https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=5ad90c0e03ce64d6028e01bb ----------- Thank you to our incredible production volunteers on this episode: Rachel Ishikawa for audio editing and production, David Jay for sharing his poetry, Zach Meyer at the COALROOM for music and mastering, and Josiah Werning for graphic design.

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