My body, your choice?

Choice, housing and other basic human rights

With so many different things continuing to go on, some days it is easier to feel despair and lose hope. Activist and movement leader Ruby Sales said, “The question is not if it is foolish to hope. The question is what is it that we hope for?” Here at CTZNWell we are hoping for a brighter future laced with mutual aid and community care, where everyone has what they need. We hope for a democracy that lives up to our collective imaginations for liberation and our ideas are not considered radical but basic human needs.

In this week’s WELLREAD, we are revisiting Afghanistan and how deeply connected colonization abroad is tied to social justice here in our country. We are observing how amid the pandemic, the economy has become the driving force behind vaccinations, while millions nationwide are facing evictions. Pregnant people’s bodies are being controlled with new rulings at state levels in their attempts to chip away at Roe v Wade and continued climate shift requires us to continue asking the right questions and supporting each other at the grassroots level.

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  1. Imagine if we did not view the desire to provide universal healthcare to all as a radical idea but a human necessity. Instead we are noticing How Capitalism Has Made the World Sick. [click to tweet]

  2. There are ongoing California fires and flooding along the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida and the Coming Eviction Crisis almost appear foretelling of what is to come across the country. [click to tweet]

  3. Apparently, mask mandates violate personal freedom, but forced childbearing doesn’t. Texas has banned abortions and what it means for other states. [click to tweet]

  4. Wars overseas and wars on drugs. It appears aggression is the most familiar tool colonizers exercise. This demonstrates How U.S Wars Abroad are Intimately Tied to Police Brutality At Home [click to tweet]

  5. “Change is the heartbeat of social movement. But, on either side of change is loss... To have a movement that breathes, you must build a movement with the capacity to grieve.” How grief belongs in social movements. [click to tweet]

It is easier to lean into self care practices that create a sense of escape from all of the conditions we are witnessing around the world, but how does this contribute to our collective liberation? Or does it? As Ruby Sales shared, we find hope in the history. The history of people power when we took action. When we could agree if it was going to be, it was up to we. Visit this article, ‘Solidarity, Not Charity’: A Visual History of Mutual Aid to reference the origins of mutual aid societies and groups of marginalized people coming together collectively throughout history. “The only way to survive is by taking care of each other”.

The Gulf Coast needs our support. On August 29, 2021 the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, parts of Louisiana and Mississippi braced themselves for flooding, rains and winds from Hurricane Ida. There are reports of power outages and months long waits for power and communication services to be restored. Here is how you can help now Storm Relief Fund courtesy of Gulf South Rapid Response Community-Controlled Fund. To learn more about Gulf South, visit their website here.

Texas just got much more dangerous for millions of women, trans men, intersex people and non binary people who live there and the people who support their right to an abortion. This morning, SB8 went into effect without successful intervention from the courts (shocker). The law bans abortion after 6 weeks, and criminalizes those helping others access abortion services. Abortion funds are mutual aid. Donate HERE to support front line organizations like @LilithFund @JanesDueProcess @BBFundTX @TEAfund @LaFronteraFund @FundTexasChoice @casnhtx @westfundtx @TheAfiyaCtr @TheBridgeTX

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In case evictions and foreclosures were not enough on the housing crisis, the cost of purchasing a home has increased and income levels have not risen with inflation, which begs us to question who is being left behind? While homeownership may not accessible to all, many people are being priced out of renting in their local communities across the country.

The impending housing crisis is no longer a looming thought, it is here. This tracker is providing details across the country about what mandates are currently in place and which are set to expire. The United Nations identifies adequate housing as a fundamental human right, defining it as “the right to live somewhere in security, peace and dignity.” Here’s how Finland is making it possible.

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Resmaa Menakem shares, “Trauma is not experienced individually, it happens communally. So healing, too, must happen communally.” There is an urgency around creating and making time for us to check in and be in community.

We look back to the wisdom shared on this CTZN podcast episode from last season, "Reaching for Each Other” in collaboration with Faith Matters Network. Throughout this week, revisit ways you can check in on your people and support from your capacity for communal healing. We are reminded to show up for ourselves and each other and settling into what is present now.

Art by @Briestoner

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