Womb Wisdom

Since the news broke on Friday that Roe vs. Wade has been overturned, we’ve found ourselves sharing resources and seeking wisdom to help us alchemize our rage into action.

During an era when our bodily autonomy is under increasing threat, doulas — for birth, for death, for abortion, and more — are essential to supporting our collective capacity to meet change.

Through situating the work of abortion doulas within a long history of communities innovating systems of care, we hope to reaffirm the link between abortion access and diverse movements for liberation.

Our ancestors taught us that reclaiming the body from patriarchy is a sensual act. Transmuting our pain into political change asks us to show up as our sensual selves; to take to the streets, converse with friends, protest in public spaces, work toward policy gains. In the midst of so much pain, coming back into our bodies—back into our senses—will help us stay awake to reality. We are in a moment of immense precarity and possibility. How will we show up?

We are situated between and amongst cycles of birth and death, and we’re living through the trauma that comes with existing in an intense cultural climate of fear and hatred of the power of our wombs.


Healing Justice is about centering the wisdom of our bodies, which means for those of us with wombs, centering the wisdom of our wombs, our minds, and our hearts. Reverence for the womb – be it mine, yours or those you know who carry them – offers guidance toward a renewed way of conceiving reality.

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Creating Community Spaces Together

“…To really, really admit that you understand what is happening to the planet, it will break your heart. If you don’t cry deep, hard tears for the state of this planet and all of the people on it, you don’t yet understand the problem. And so once you get to that place, the only thing that can bring you out of that kind of darkness is belief in something greater than yourself. And for me, it is that spiritual connection. For me, it is understanding a greater purpose.”

Colette Pichon Battle (On Being Podcast)

How are your hearts? We hope you are finding moments of ease. Soon we will be celebrating the first day of Summer in the Global North, and we’re feeling gratitude for the signs of new life surrounding, and sadness, too. Our world is rife with pain and ripe with possibility— and it’s really hard sometimes to hold the multitudes. From the recent release of the IPCC report to ongoing devastation of gun violence in our communities, many of us are cycling through feelings of anger, anxiety, and grief. We might feel activated and energized to take action, or we might feel apathetic or exhausted, too. Crises such as this are devastating and interconnected. What is continuing to happen in Ukraine is heartbreaking. And, as climate journalist Mary Annaïse Heglar reminds us in Hot Take, it is happening to communities in Palestine, too, and wherever “people [are] running from conflict and collapse.” When we are heartbroken and feeling helpless, it can be grounding to remember that multifaceted problems have manifold solutions. For those of us seeking to transmute our deep sorrow into sustainable advocacy, we can donate to mutual aid efforts in Ukraine through Solidarity Apothecary; fight against the dissolution of democracy in the so-called United States through signing up with Working Families Party; support practices of land back through NDN; learn more about how to advance fossil fuel divestment thanks to Food and Water Watch; or strive to seed justice through Jewish Voice for Peace.

It’s the capitalist and colonial core of the fossil fuel plutocracy that powers war, and so any effort on our part to advocate for renewable energy, nurture community resilience, and support collective liberation is a push toward peace.

As Kayly Ober, senior advocate and manager of the climate displacement program for Refugees International, says in a recent Atmos interview with journalist Yessenia Funes, the current crisis “shows us that we must have a conversation about responsibility sharing and the ability to welcome and treat refugees with dignity—of all walks of life.” Facilitating those conversations can take courage, patience, and dedication, but it is a life-giving (and life-saving) practice, and one we can bring into being this very day in our communities.
As we continue to navigate compounding crises, we’ve found ourselves reflecting on what it means to be community organizers in an era of disaster and disinformation. Organizing is a process of translation, of world-building, of reconfiguration.

Creating art on the cusp of collapse is a life-giving practice that asks us to continually reorient to our conceptualizations of service and storytelling. How are we embodying right relationship? Meeting collective needs? Nurturing liberatory narratives? As part of contemplating these questions, we’ve been thinking about what it means to inhabit spaces—in person and online, in particular. Although social media can be a force for meaningful connection, the confluence of racist algorithms and celebrity culture has radically reshaped popular platforms for building relationships (check out conceptual artist and community academic Mandy Harris Williams’ Slow Factory course on “Forbidden Systems” for a critical survey of digital landscapes). Scrolling through IG stories for even 5 minutes can pull our heart (and our attention) in a million and one directions, and so we’ve found ourselves retreating from online spaces in the hopes of sustaining our focus and preserving our capacity to care.

Our work in the community is to inspire civic engagement, nurture communities of care, and cultivate accountability to our Earth and each other through community organizing and coalition building. We want to create spaces where we can come home to who we are and how we want to show up in service.

If you have the time, we would love to learn more from you all about where you’re at and what you’d like to see from us at FCCAN. Would hosting monthly community forums feel supportive? Bimonthly skill shares? or Community-led Trainings on social justice and mutual aid? As our friend Milla Prince reminds us, the future is relational, and if what we are doing isn’t rooted in relationship—with our members, with our constellation of creative contributors, with our community—we can’t make good on what we’re here to do. So your thoughts and feels really mean so much to us! Write to us at info at fccan.org with your thoughts & feedback.

We’ve got a lot of goodness growing this Spring—from the launch of our School Justice PSD on May 26th with the showing of On These Grounds, to the Womxn of Color movement series with the BIPOC Alliance—and we’re really excited to share with you all some of the seeds we’ve been tending to this season.

Check in on your people. Tend to your places. And continue to take good care—to rest when you need, to find joy where you can.
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Autism Acceptance Month

Along with April 2nd being World Autism Day, April is Autism Acceptance Month.

  • In 1970 the Autism Society of America campaigned to promote autism awareness with the mission of assuring that all autistic people are able to have access to the highest quality of life possible.
  • In 1972, National Autistic Children’s Week was celebrated for the first time and it later evolved into Autistic Acceptance Month.
  • In 2021, the Autism Society of America campaigned to urge the media to consider the change from Autistic Awareness Month to Autistic Acceptance Month so that people would not just be aware of, but accept and include autistic people so that they have increased and continued access to full, quality life experiences.    

COVID has had a significant impact on the autistic community, as persons with autism are 3.5 x more likely to die from COVID. This is one of the many reasons why we encourage you to join the #CovidPlanNow campaign led by our friends at Detroit Disability Power Now by sending your letter to state officials, urging them to release a statewide COVID-19 preparedness plan to protect people with disabilities.

Here are some resources and information related to autism and autism acceptance:

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Healing Through Remembrance

We wanted to share with you that the collective statement, shared with us by Phi Nguyen, Executive Director at Advancing Justice – Atlanta with and the launch of the #RememberingMarch16 artwork series. Please share the collective statement with your networks and help us uplift the beautiful artwork for our communities using #RememberingMarch16 in your posts.   

Dear Community, Today, Advancing Justice – Atlanta in collaboration with Asian American Advocacy Fund (AAAF) has asked our community to join us in solidarity and hold in light the victims, survivors, and family members of the spa shootings that occurred almost one-year ago on March 16, 2021.   In Atlanta, we invited community members to gather at Blackburn Park to practice and cultivate healing together – to allow ourselves a moment of slowness, to surround each other with poetry, art, and music, and to walk together with renewed resolve.    I am honored to continue this journey alongside partner organizations from across the country. I invite you to read our collective statement and join us as we recommit to addressing racial, gendered, and sexual violence in ways that build revolutionary communities of care, hope, and love for all.   Standing by the Young Girls Peace Monument, I feel both grief and hope. I am encircled by grass and dew, friends, kin, and community leaders, awaiting our collective liberation like the full bloom of the cherry blossoms. In the latest installment of #GeorgiaOnMyMind, our partners at AAAF reflect on the lessons we’ve learned from nature in this past year of trying seasons and remind us that “time is healing and healing is time.”
Image Description: This artwork represents healing, showing a curvy brown woman with long dark brown wavy hair outlined in thin light peach colored lines. The woman is reaching up and her body is covered in light purple hand-drawn leaves, flowers and words on her right arm that read “LET NO ONE MISTAKE US FOR THE FRUIT OF VIOLENCE…” and on her thigh, words that read “BUT THAT VIOLENCE, HAVING PASSED THROUGH THE FRUIT, HAS FAILED TO SPOIL IT. – Ocean Vuong.” Behind the woman is a background filled with orange and blue green flowers, stars, and clouds against different shades of purple. This illustration is by Natalie Bui.

I want to close by sharing this powerful illustration by artist and activist Natalie Bui. It is the first in a series of art collaborations that we will release throughout this month. I hope that it inspires you (as it does me) to not let this tremendous loss drown us. In the words of Atlanta’s Youth Poet Laureate, Aanika Eragam,

“These women as vital as water. 

Let their memory keep you 

Afloat.”

In solidarity,

Phi Nguyen, (She/Her)

Executive Director

Advancing Justice – Atlanta

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Meeting times of chaos and challenge

Art by @chiara.acu
Times of chaos and challenge can be the most spiritually powerful… if we are brave enough to rest in their space of uncertainty. Pema Chödrön says “the main point of these methods is to dissolve the dualistic struggle, our habitual tendency to struggle against what’s happening to us or in us”.

Here are Pema’s suggestions for how to use our problems as the path to awakening and joy:

Go to the places that scare you: This is the primary method for working with painful situations—global pain, domestic pain, any pain at all. We can stop struggling with what occurs and see its true face without calling it the enemy.

Use poison as medicine: We can use difficult situations—poison—as fuel for waking up. Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable but is actually the path itself. We can use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up. We can use everything that occurs—whether it’s our conflicting emotions and thoughts or our seemingly outer situation—to show us where we are asleep and how we can wake up completely, utterly, without reservations.

Regard what arises as awakened energy: Regarding what arises as awakened energy reverses our fundamental habitual pattern of trying to avoid conflict, trying to make ourselves better than we are, trying to smooth things out and pretty them up, trying to prove that pain is a mistake and would not exist in our lives if only we did all the right things. When we can regard ourselves as already awake; we can regard our world as already sacred.

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