Transforming Together
Sports and Transphobia

Sports and Transphobia

July 28, 2021

On this episode of Transforming Together, the HopeWorks Podcast, MC Carey (they/them) brings in three guests for a deep dive conversation around sports and transphobia. Joined by the two founders of Unmatched Athlete, Justin Fair & Olanrele Oni, and trans health and sports advocate from Trans Maryland, Jack Mirabella, together they unpack the heavy wave of anti-transgender sports bills that have been hitting state legislatures all over the country as well as the undeniably important work of creating safe space for queer and trans youth to engage in sports. Sports are meant for everyone regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation and no one understands that better than Unmatched Athlete which works to create a safe and inclusive space for queer and trans youth to engage in sports and movement. You can learn more about Unmatched Athlete by visiting https://www.unmatchedathlete.org/. Interested in advocacy around the Transgender community in Maryland? Engage with the legislative, healthcare, and social advocacy coming out of Trans Maryland—a multi-racial, multi-gender, trans-led community power building organization dedicated to Maryland’s trans community. You can learn more about the Transgender specific advocacy Jack Mirabella is working on (and access resources regarding transgender legislation and healthcare) by visiting https://transmaryland.org/

Pride Month

Pride Month

June 30, 2021
In this month’s episode of Transforming Together, join MC Carey (they/them) & Stephanie Mobley (she/her) for a special PRIDE episode where they discuss the roots of LGBTQ+ pride and center Black, Indigenous and other people of color queer and trans voices. From conversations around rainbow capitalism to the roots of Pride as an anti-police riot and movement started by Black and Brown trans women, drag queens, and sex workers MC and Stephanie get real with what pride should look like. Queer and Trans liberation is possible and at our fingertips as long as we keep envisioning the world we want and we root ourselves in the tradition and light of the BIPOC Queer and Trans folks who came before us. Stay up to date with HopeWorks and Transforming Together by emailing podcast@wearehopeworks.org
Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

May 28, 2021

 

Join hosts Maya 'MC' Carey (they/them) and Stephanie Mobley (she/her) for this month's episode of Transforming Together the HopeWorks Podcast. In this episode we celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness month and we are joined by HopeWorks intern and mental health advocate, Ariane Cottman, for an authentic discussion around our own mental health, mental health hygiene, community care, and envisioning a world where mental health is supported everywhere. We open up about our own relationship with mental health both from the perspective as individuals struggling to find balance with our mental health and as service providers. Join us in this deeply authentic and healing conversation.

 

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

May 4, 2021
Join hosts Maya Carey (they/them) and Stephanie Mobley (she/her) for this month’s episode of Transforming Together, the HopeWorks Podcast. In this episode Maya and Stephanie highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a special conversation around sex workers rights! In this episode they discuss everything from what sex work is and isn’t, to myths and facts, to unpacking policies that affect sex workers like SESTA/FOSTA and the criminalization of sex work. As always, Maya and Stephanie look at support for sex workers rights through the lens of Transformative Justice and Abolition. Join us as we transform the way society understands sex workers and how as allies you can help support the safety and rights of sex workers across the United States.
 
Stay engaged with HopeWorks by sending us questions to podcast@wearehopeworks.org. Finally, if you identify as LGBTQ+ or as an ally to the queer and trans community, apply for our 6-week workshop series titled Unapologetic: Using Arts & Humanities to Explore Revolution & Oppression. Hosted on Saturday’s between May 22nd and June 26th, this workshop series invites the LGBTQ+ community and allies to a virtual workshop series where we will use arts and humanities to explore topics ranging from gender-based violence to food justice to alternative healing and more! Applications are due May 7th. Learn more about the series and apply by visiting //wearehopeworks.org/events/unapologetic-workshop-series/
Environmental Racism

Environmental Racism

March 24, 2021
Join hosts Maya Carey (they/them) and Stephanie Mobley (she/her) for discussion around environmental racism and it’s impact on communities. We talk about our own understanding of the issue and how redlining and gentrification have caused some of the biggest racial impacts of environmental racism. We also bring in a very special guest, Odera Igwe (she/them), to discuss her environmental justice work in Pittsburgh, PA. From Odera’s journey to environmental justice to her everyday work in Black and Brown communities to bring green spaces to overlooked communities. Join us as we unpack a long history of racism and environmental injustice and transform our understanding of the intersection between the two.
 
Have questions for us? Email Maya and Stephanie at podcast@wearehopeworks.org.
 
Stay engaged with HopeWorks and join us for our upcoming virtual film screening of Sister’s Rising, a documentary about the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and two-spirit people, on April 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm. HopeWork’s Youth Leadership will be hosting the film and post-film discussion. Check out //wearehopeworks.org/events for more information and to register for this free event. Finally, if you identify as LGBTQ+ sign up for our free 6-week workshop series titled Unapologetic: Using Arts and Humanities to Explore Revolution and Oppression. Hosted on Saturday’s May 22nd-June 26th, this workshop series invited LGBTQ+ identified community members to use arts and humanities to explore topics ranging from gender-based violence to food justice to alternative healing and more! Learn more about the series and apply by visiting https://wearehopeworks.org/event/unapologetic-workshop-series/
Performative Activism and Youth Activism

Performative Activism and Youth Activism

February 17, 2021

On this month's episode of Transforming Together, the HopeWorks Youth Leadership Project is taking over to talk about all things youth activism and movement making. Join featured youth leadership guests, Jonetta Lah (she/her) and Vedanth Battalapalli (he/him) for an episode breaking down performative activism and youth activism. They are joined by local Howard County, MD youth activist, Rahel Petros (she/her), from HoCo For Justice-a local BIPOC and Youth run social justice organization rooted in liberation and violence free communities. They talk slacktivism and what it means to be a youth activist during a life-changing moment in history with both the Pandemic and nation-wide movement towards racial equity and justice. Stay engaged with HopeWorks upcoming events and activities by checking out our website https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2f%2f%2fwearehopeworks.org%2fevents&c=E,1,LaOzjRU3asD_lT7OT0rmmdRqDMXM4h-KzldIwp0ad-S0Y2JjbzBK2hfb5oFkJvHDvDNQpLsoIKFru0pIM2ucrk0dzOrRWU1M398Huj58YPGBABvEfcHe&typo=0

The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead

January 21, 2021
oin hosts Maya Carey (they/them) and Stephanie Mobley (she/her) as they discuss the 2021 and the year ahead. They take a quick look back at 2020 and what they grew through and turn it around into what they want to grow into while sitting with the reality of their current social-political-emotional situation. Offering up the words and wisdom of famed feminist thinker and cultural critic, Adrienne Maree Brown, they expand upon her book "We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice" to look at the complex issues related to cancel culture and healing justice. Using the accountability apology model created by Mia Mingus, they expand upon Brown's dive into cancel culture and pull out useful tools towards practicing accountability and repairing harm in 2021. With conversation rooted in the themes of transformative justice and abolition, they work on envisioning the future they want-- a future that moves away from cancel-culture and rather is steeped in radical accountability and survivor centered approach. From the differences between harm, abuse, and conflict to understanding accountability as a tool for cultural healing, Maya and Stephanie start this year with eyes wide open towards a future free from violence and full of healing.

Want to continue having conversations about social justice and literature? Join HopeWorks book club, Between the Lines: A Liberation Book Club, every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6:30-8pm est to discuss powerful and life changing works by women and femmes, queer and trans people, and BIPOC authors. Also, join HopeWorks in honoring Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month by joining us in an author panel discussion called "Dating Hurts" where author, Bill Mitchel, shares the story of his daughter's tragic loss to dating violence and his journey as a parent advocating for healthy relationship. "Dating Hurts" will be held on zoom on February 25th from 7-9pm est. Keep up to date with HopeWorks and find out more about these events and register by visiting https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2f%2f%2fwearehopeworks.org%2fevents.&c=E,1,55zx8EehMtYBYQ1SEOfEcdRjFsVu176fHx-baicJL3NIoRcgJh0OKFxlmilVfg1OGYMZwhNj1VNpB7KMr5viK0Kll4Y9cceGX1nzQ_osD7d8&typo=0

 

 
Transforming The Podcast: Transformative Justice & Abolition

Transforming The Podcast: Transformative Justice & Abolition

November 17, 2020
Join Host, Maya Carey (they/them), and brand new host, Stephanie Mobley (she/her), for a discussion on how the podcast is shifting towards a lens of Transformative Justice and Abolition. In Maya and Stephanie’s first episode together, they explore their reasons for taking a deeper dive into the survivor centered and grassroots lead approach of Transformative Justice. Listen as they give thanks to their BIPOC foremothers who paved the way for the expansive thinking like community accountability, mutual aid, and harm reduction.
 
You can stay connected with HopeWorks by following our Instagram and Facebook @HopeWorksofHC. The submission season for our two arts magazine’s Dragonfly ,for adults, and Cultivate, for youth, are both open. Submissions for Dragonfly close March 1, 2021 and Cultivate submissions close April 2021. Also, Join us for our next book club meeting for Between the Lines: A Liberation Book Club where Maya and the group will discuss Adrienne Maree Brown’s “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good” on Monday, November 30th. Visit our website, wearehopeworks.org, t
HoCo For Justice

HoCo For Justice

August 19, 2020
In this episode of Transforming Together, hosts, Maya Carey and Japjyot Singh, are joined by local activists and organizers Micaela Lattimer and Julian Young from HoCo For Justice. HoCo 4 Justice is a Howard County, MD based youth lead racial justice group focusing on liberation for Black and Brown folks both locally and nationally. Join us as we discuss the work HoCo 4 Justice is doing, and envisioning a new world post COVID-19 using Liberation and Abolition as a lens for greater social change and connectivity. Keep up to date with HoCo 4 Justice by following their Social medias:
Instagram: @hocoforjustice 
Twitter: @hocoforjustice 
 
 
HopeWorks continues this discussion on liberation through our book club called Between the Lines: A Liberation Book Club. Join us for September’s book club meeting on 9/14 and 9/28 where we will discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Register at https://wearehopeworks.org/events/
 
Youth activists wanted! Apply for this year’s Youth Leadership Project 2020-2021 Cohort, open to high schoolers dedicated to social justice. Applications close on October 1st, apply at https://wearehopeworks.org/ylp/
 
HopeWorks is Howard County’s intimate partner violence, sexual violence and Human Trafficking agency. Our 24/7 hotline number is 410-997-2272. Send all questions or ideas for the podcast to podcast@wearehopeworks.org
 
 
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter
Transforming Our Engagement with Activism

Transforming Our Engagement with Activism

July 2, 2020

In this episode of Transforming Together, hosts, Japjyot Singh and Maya Carey, are joined by criminologist, sociologist, and activist Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis. This is the 3rd and final episode episode in the COVID-19 series addressing the impacts and connections of violence and COVID-19. Dr. Dennis is the founder and owner of 365Diversity and has spent much of her life breaking down racial justice flaws in different systems. Dr. Dennis joins us again to continue on with our conversation in the last episode and breaks down how activism should look like vs. how its showing up during our current time. Learn more about Dr. Dennis at 365Diversity.com<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2f365Diversity.com&c=E,1,x1Cg2SkINauU19twMyKKONZAXVofwp02M9tKTNWxykfeIQHWmTLFatjCg4SC5axcDc4c7wWzDvk7WgPyMe6HUX_Xg4T59LIe1oZZ75A_S_X4&typo=0>

Join us for our ongoing events! Visit wearehopeworks.org<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwearehopeworks.org&c=E,1,zG-DYAPrRCahHbZvnxlZqB8VaWgg0DRlI0XuqgHOyxoTK2fRM5P__QP--wDojCAygoCWqbaCbnMmT-ovqN1ZqJB3ctyklDrXEzMjvROCvh8pJLm0QqkFHEaR&typo=0> for more information

The Creatives Café: every other Tuesday from 7-9pm via zoom

Between the Lines: A Liberation Book Club—meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8pm. Next book is: Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower”

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