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To accompany the 2020 Graduate Symposium: “Forms of Care: Building the Worlds We Need,” November 20-21.
A series of PNCA student-led discussions on Care Reader materials will be held November 12th, 16th, & 18th from 6-7pm PST.
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“All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.”
— Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
“Hope is a discipline.”
— Mariame Kaba
2020 has presented us with manifold challenges. Some of these challenges are centuries old, incited by the violence and atrocities of settler colonialism, industrialization, and the expansion of capitalism to all corners of the world. Some of these challenges feel new, but are the culmination of the terrifying effects of climate change threatening total ecological collapse. At every turn we are confronted with catastrophic situations, and we are called upon to find creative ways of sustaining, nourishing, and caring for our world.
This reader was curated in response to the current situation we find ourselves in. It is informed by the life-altering events of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter uprisings, the #landback movement, and global ecological emergency as the Western United States burns, the Gulf is decimated by hurricanes, & the Greenland ice sheet phases into a state of non-repair.
This reader contains intense material. Although the reader centers on care & healing, it also necessarily discusses violence, harm, and abuse enacted and endorsed by the systems in which we live.
The contents of this reader touch on:
- Abuse, harm, & violence
- Police violence
- Sexism and misogyny
- Homophobia and heterosexism
- Transphobia and transmisogyny
- Eating disorders, body hatred, fatphobia
- Death and dying
- Ecological collapse
We turn to the wisdom of those that have survived and continue to sustain themselves and their communities in apocalyptic situations. We seek to uplift the voices of survivors that have found ways of loving themselves and others while fighting for a more just world.
With steady intention and care, dreaming, visions, resilience, and direct action, we’ll cultivate new futures - worlds of joyful entanglements bound by mutual aid and compassion.
In the following pages, you will find blog posts, podcasts, books, theoretical texts, and webinars intended to aid you in navigating the collapse of the world as we know it, and for building the visionary caring world that we need in the present and future.
This reader will take you to various corners of the Internet. We encourage you to look around for other resources and to share the treasures you find with your own trusted colleagues and friends.
- How do we care for ourselves and others in these catastrophic times?
- What does a resilient community look like?
- How do we build this resilience in times of grief, despair, & loss?
- How can our dreams & visions guide us?
- Who do we turn to for guidance and wisdom?
- How can we listen more closely to each other?
- Breedlove, Caitlin., Hassan. Shira., Mingus, Mia., Page, Cara., Sadaquee, Sonali. “Abolition in COVID Times.” Fortification (podcast). 2019. [transcript available here ]
- brown, adrienne maree., Haines, Staci K., Kandawalla, Spenta., Hemphill, Prentis. “Trauma, Healing, and Collective Power.” generative somatics (podcast). 2018.
- Brown, Autumn., Hurwitz, Bex. “Apocalypse Survival Skill #7: The Internet is a Place.” How to Survive the End of the World (podcast). May 15, 2020.
- Carruthers, Charlene., Dixon, Ejeris. “A World Without Police. In The Thick (podcast).” June 16, 2020.
- Gilmore, Ruth Wilson., Kumanyika. “Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition (Part 1 and 2).” The Intercept (podcast), June 2020. [transcript available]
- Imarisha, Walidah., Blackwell, Angela. “Visionary Fiction: Writing our Future.” Radical Imagination (podcast). April, 2020.
- Montgomery, Kandace., Noor, Miski. “Sustaining Ourselves When Confronting Violence with Miski Noor and Kandace Montgomery.” Irresistible (fka Healing Justice Podcast) (podcast). April, 2018. [transcript available]
- Ritchie, Andrea., Williams, Damon., Cark, Davon., Kisslinger, Daniel. “The Abolition Suite Vol 3: Andrea Ritchie.” Airgo (podcast). July, 2020.
- Khan, Janaya Future (@janayathefuture). “Sunday Sermons.” Instagram, ongoing series.
- gumbs, alexis pauline., De Veaux, Alexis., Imarisha, Walidah. “Writing New Worlds.” Webinar at Allied Media Conference, July, 2020.
ASL available, spanish language available
- Hartman, Saidiya., Moten, Fred., Carter, J. Kameron., Cervenak, Sarah Jane. “The Black Outdoors.” Conversation at Duke University, October, 2016.
- Davis, Angela., Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Planetary Utopias — Hope, Desire, Imaginaries in a Post-Colonial World.” Conversation at Colonial Repercussions event series at the Akademie der Künste, June, 2018.
- Limbal, Loira., McClain, Dani., Mendoza, Veralucia., Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah. “Care for the Future.” Webinar at Allied Media Conference, July, 2020.
ASL available, spanish language available
- Mingus, Mia. “Ep 5 Mia Mingus of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective.” We Rise (radio show), May, 2018.
- Mingus, Mia. “Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body.” Talk at GVSU Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, April, 2011.
- Kim, Mimi., Mingus, Mia., Brooks, Cat. “#WeTakeCareofUs Webinar #7: Transformative Justice.” Webinar by the Justice Teams Network, July 27, 2020.
cc available, ASL available, spanish language available
- Schmiedt, Stas., Roth, Lea., Kaba, Mariame. “Transforming Harm: Experiments in Accountability.” Webinar at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, October 25, 2019.
- Kaba, Mariame., Perez-Darby, Shannon., Fujikawa, Kiyomi. “Building Accountable Communities.” Webinar by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, October, 2018.
- Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah. “Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice?” Talk at the Disability and Intersectionality Summit, October, 2018.
- Ritchie, Andrea., Hertzig, Rachel., Kaba, Mariame., Williams, Toni Michelle. “From Dreams to Practice: Abolition in Our Lifetimes [English Language]” Webinar at Allied Media Conference, July, 2020.
ASL available, spanish language available
- Flower, Isabel., Grandoit, Alice., Goteh, Nu., Yuan, Linee. “Designing for Dignity and Practices of Care.” Webinar for Space 10 Sessions, October, 2020.
Texts — Open Source
- Critical resistance. “What is the PIC? What is Abolition?”
- Agbebiyi, K., Hamid, Sarah T., Kuo, Rachel., Mohapatra, Mon. “Abolition Cannot Wait: Visions for Transformation and Radical World-Building.” Wear Your Voice, June 2020.
- Chazkel, Amy., Kim, Monica., Paik, A. Naomi. “Worlds Without Police.” Radical History Review 137, (2020): 1-12.
- Ryder, Oonagh. “What Does Justice Look Like Without Prisons?” Novara Media, January, 2018.
- CR10 Publications Collective. Abolition Now: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland and Edinburgh: AK Press, 2008.
- Kaba, Mariame. “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.” The New York Times, June, 2020.
- Spade, Dean. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015.
- Hampton, Jameel. “Peace News and Radical Disability Writing in 1970s Britain: Perceptions of Welfare and the Welfare State.” Disability Studies Quarterly 40, no. 2 (2020).
- Hartman, Saidiya. “Saidiya Hartman on Insurgent Histories and the Abolitionist Imaginary.” artforum, July, 2020.
- Stevens, Jacqueline. “The New Abolitionism: The Struggle to End Deportation.” Tikkun 28, no. 3 (2013): 28-32.
- Wakanda Dream Lab., Resonance Network. Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Re-imagining Gender in Wakanda. 2019.
- brown, adrienne maree. “Dream Beyond Wounds.” Ding, n.d.
- Malatino, Hil. “Surviving Trans Antagonism.” Trans Care. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.
- Mingus, Mia. “Desiring Revolutionary Bodies and Movement(s).” Leaving Evidence (blog). March 26, 2010.
- Mulderink, Carrie Elizabeth. “The emergence, importance of #DisabilityTooWhite hashtag.” Disability Studies Quarterly 40, no. 2 (2020).
- Schalk, Sami. “Coming to Claim Crip: Disidentification with/in Disability Studies.” Disability Studies Quarterly 33, no. 2 (2013).
- Spade, Dean. “Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival.” Social Text 38, no. 1 (2020): 131-151.
- Clare, Eli. “The Ferocious Need for Liberation.” Disability Studies Quarterly 37, no. 3 (2017).
- Morales, Aurora Levins. “The Ground On Which I Stand.” Ecology is Everything. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2019. 1-7.
- Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart, Hi’ilei Julia., Kneese, Tamara. “Radical Care: Survival Strategies for Uncertain Times.” Social Text 38, no. 1 (2020): 1-16.
- Describe a world in which you have everything you need to flourish, be as detailed as you can. Some questions to get you started: Who is with you? How do you provide for yourself and others? What parts are challenging? Which are joyful?
- Is there currently a part of your life that has characteristics of your envisioned world? If so, where and/or what is it? How do you nourish it?
- How would you like to see communities keep each other accountable? How do punishments and consequences differ?
- Can we hold differences while still caring for one another?
- How do creative practices figure into building new forms of justice? How can you align your personal practice with larger social movements?
Further Texts & Media
- Adnan, Etel. “2.” Seasons. The Post-Apollo Press, 2018. 21-39.
- Alexander, M. Jacqui. Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005.
- Ben-Moshe, Liat. “Dis-epistemologies of Abolition.” Critical Criminology 26, no. 3 (2018): 341-355.
- Brand, Dionne. A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes on Belonging. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2001.
- brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Chico: AK Press, 2017.
- brown, adrienne maree. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Chico: AK Press, 2019.
- brown, adrienne maree., Imarisha, Walidah. Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.. Chico: AK Press, 2015.
- Clare, Eli. Brilliant Imperfection. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017.
- Davis, Angela. “Introduction — Prison Reform or Prison Abolition?” Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003. 9-21.
- Dolmage, Jay Timothy. Academic Ableism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017.
- gumbs, alexis pauline. dub: finding ceremony. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2020.
- Haines, Staci K. The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2019.
- hooks, bell. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. Cambridge: South End Press, 2000.
- hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York and London: Routledge, 1994.
- Hwang, Ren-Yo. “Deviant Care for Deviant Futures: QTBIPoC Radical Relationalism as Mutual Aid Against Carceral Care.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 6, no. 4 (2019): 559-578.
- Nelson, Alondra. Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
- Ore, Ersula. “Pushback: A Pedagogy of Care.” Pedagogy 17, no. 1 (2017): 9-33.
- Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.
- James Lebrecht., Nicole Newnham., Crip Camp. Netflix, 2020.
Tips & tricks for finding open-access or gaining free access to texts…
- Multnomah County Library Card grants access to JSTOR among other databases
- Project Muse has a small, but helpful open-access archive of readings
- Directory of Open Access Books
- Interlibrary loan (available at PNCA and Multnomah County Library )
- JSTOR increased their free article amount to 100/year to support academics through the end of 2020.
- Duke University Press offers many introductions to their books free of charge for pdf download
- Googling texts with “free pdf” at the end usually gets some results, use discretion in what you download and from where
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