Transforming Together
Transforming our relationship to ancestral food ways and generational trauma

Transforming our relationship to ancestral food ways and generational trauma

January 25, 2022
On this episode of Transforming Together, MC Carey (they/them) is joined by the phenomenal Patrilie Hernandez (she/they) to discuss generational trauma, eating disorders, and the road to healing through ancestral food ways. Patrilie Hernandez, MS (she/they) has over 14 years of experience working in the health and nutrition sector as an educator, advocate, project manager, and policy analyst. She approaches Health at Every Size from an Intersectional lens and uses a Body Liberation framework as the foundation of her work. She combines her academic background in anthropology and nutrition/health, with her lived experience as a fat, neuroatypical, queer multiracial femme of the Puerto Rican diaspora to disrupt the status quo of the local health and nutrition community and advocates for a weight-inclusive paradigm in health and educational settings. Learn more about Patrilie’s work on ancestral food ways and food justice with EmbodyLib at on Instagram at https://www.embodylib.com/ and join her health at every size community on Instagram @the_bodylib_advocate.
 
Join HopeWorks for a special youth-led workshop in celebration of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Our Youth Leadership Project is hosting a virtual workshop centering teen voices and a conversation around healthy dating relationships on Saturday, Feb 19th from 1:30-3pm via zoom called “Writing Relationship Wrongs” RSVP for this incredible workshop here: Eventbrite Link. You can also join HopeWorks by submitting to one of our two annual arts magazines! Submissions for Cultivate, our youth arts magazine, and Dragonfly, our adult arts magazine, are open now. These arts magazines center the voices and vision of talented artists from around the country who create art on themes of love, loss, trauma, healing, justice and more. Submit your written and/or visual art today by visiting www.hopeworksofhc.org 
Transforming Boundaries—Somatics & Felt Sense with Anne Eckman

Transforming Boundaries—Somatics & Felt Sense with Anne Eckman

January 3, 2022

What if we transformed the way we thought about boundaries from the watered down and single lensed discussion of boundaries you might see popularized in social media, to an understanding of Boundaries that encompasses the entire self, including and centering our Felt Sense? What if we learned how to start connecting with our bodies so that we could actually feel and respect our bodies sensations as a way to understand our boundaries? In this Episode of Transforming Together the HopeWorks Podcast, key host, MC Carey (they/them) is joined by HopeWorks Clinical Therapist, Anne Eckman (she/her) who helps to guide the conversation of boundaries through the lens of Somatic Therapy and mind-body healing. MC & Anne go through exercises to help start the work of connecting to our own felt sense, discuss the reasons why this may be so hard and new for folks, and offer knowledge around how boundary setting helps to heal our relationships to self/partners and also helps to heal our community. Boundary setting is a transformative act, and starting from an embodied place, a place of safety, can help us connect with boundaries in a more authentic and whole way. More felt sense exercises herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1r43S2OEhVtOwFAe2qAdxquKM5WnhujvE/view?usp=sharing 

Environmentalism and Healing

Environmentalism and Healing

November 8, 2021
Welcome back for a new season of Transforming Together, the HopeWorks Podcast. On this episode, key host, MC Carey (they/them), brings in two special guests to talk about the intersection of environmentalism and healing. We are joined by HopeWorks staff member and survivor, Sandra Price, and Community Ecology Institute & Free Town Farm founder, Chiara D’Amore, to talk about the ways our communities, and specifically survivors, can heal through engagement with the earth and environmentalism. In this episode we talk about reciprocity, hear stories of surviving through connection with the earth, and learn a bit more about HopeWorks partnership with the Community Ecology Institute and FreeTown Farm through the Our Earth program and garden plot.  There’s much relationship building to be done between us humans and the earth and CEI/Freetown farm and the Our Earth Program are perfect places to engage in reciprocity and healing. Learn more about the projects mentioned in this episode and see some pictures of the garden and farm by clicking this link to view a PDF with all sorts of goodies from this episode. Also, feel free to continue the conversations had in this episode by emailing us at podcast@hopeworksofhc.org We’d love to hear from you and get an idea of what you want to talk about next and ways we can transform together. 
 
To learn more about HopeWorks and our services including gender-based violence survivor services and prevention services and/or to support our work via gift card or financial donations visit HopeWorks new web address https://hopeworksofhc.org/
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

 

 
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