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Fortification Episode 7: Alfredo Gutierrez

Fortification Episode 7: Alfredo Gutierrez

We are entering a whole different time politically. We need stories from our elders now. We are grateful to be able to offer this next episode of Fortification with one of those people, an elder who has supported and helped build resistance in Arizona. We hope some of the reflections and lessons will fortify you.

In our seventh episode of Fortification, Caitlin is joined by Alfredo Gutierrez, former Arizona State Senate majority and minority leader. Mr. Gutierrez served for 14 years in the legislature and is an outspoken advocate for immigration reform and public schools. His first book, To Sin Against Hope: How America Has Failed Its Immigrants; a Personal History was published in 2013.

Fortification Episode 5: Cara Page

Fortification Episode 5: Cara Page

Tomorrow, we'll join Black Lives of UU and Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost at the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal in New Orleans for our final stop on the #ReviveLove Tour! With each stop, we're connecting with organizers lifting up the importance of unflinching support and nourishment of our local movements, particularly in these times of backlash and repression. We hope our next episode of Fortification brings you some of that love, reflection and fortification.

Fortification Episode 3: Reina Gossett

We’ve been on the road with the #ReviveLove tour over the last week and have heard again and again - from long-term to brand new organizers - the urgent need for unapologetic steadfast support and nourishment of our movements. We hope our next episode of Fortification does just that.

In our third episode, we sat down with Reina Gossett - an activist, writer, and filmmaker.  Along with Sasha Wortzel, Reina wrote, directed and produced Happy Birthday, Marsha! a short film about legendary trans activist Marsha P. Johnson starring Independent Spirit Award winner Mya Taylor. She is co-editor of the forthcoming New Museum anthology on trans art and cultural production to be published by MIT Press in 2017.

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Click here to learn more about Reina and her work as well as a series of reflection and discussion questions. If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe on iTunes and SoundCloud to be sure you don't miss an episode. We hope you find the conversation fortifying in your own work toward love and transformation.

With love and solidarity,

The Fortification Podcast Team

Abhimanyu Janamanchi, Caitlin Breedlove & Nora Rasman

Fortification Episode 2: Dove Kent

Fortification Episode 2: Dove Kent

Last month, we shared the first episode of our new podcast, Fortification, about the spiritual lives of organizers and activists.

In our second episode, we sat down with Dove Kent, Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. Dove has over a decade of experience in issue-based, identity-based, and neighborhood-based organizing in the fields of affordable housing, police accountability, civil rights, restorative justice, worker rights, immigrant rights, and religious freedom. We talked about creating and re-creating ritual, lessons from her years of movement building work and the power of connection to ancestors within our organizing work.

Announcing Our New Podcast: Fortification

Announcing Our New Podcast: Fortification

Movements for justice are expanding and shifting around us. We must take care of each other and ourselves in these times of resistance and backlash. In recent conversations mapping movement and how faith communities can be of use, organizer Elandria Williams used the language of political and spiritual ‘fortification’ as a key need of justice seekers, activists and spiritually-rooted organizers at this time. We are using this frame to help us name the kinds of work that folks across the country are so thirsty for.

We’re asking questions like:

  • Why and how do people come into (and stay in) the work of social movements and justice work?
  • Where do movement leaders and activists find spiritual homes?
  • How can we can support resilience and rigor within movement?