Welcoming spring 🌷🌱
Introducing our team member Shanika and sharing highlights from our TJ reading circle.
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Sending you all warmth and cosy hugs during the cold days ahead. Mahmoud Darwish said “March is a month of storms and lust. Spring looks on, like a thought between two people, between a long winter and a long summer.”
With Spring around the corner, bringing with it renewal and hope, I’m reminded of the festival of Nowruz later this month celebrating the spring equinox 🌷 and ringing in rebirth. Nowruz is an ancient festival with roots in Central Asia, literally meaning ‘new day’ - how lovely is that?
Wishing you all a ‘new day’ wherever you are.
— Habiba 💗
📖 Transformative Justice Reading Circle - Relationships, Transformation and Accountability
We were thrilled to have Alex lead the 5th session of our transformative justice reading circle! We spent time thinking about disrupting cycles of violence, carcerality in our relationships and being wrong.
You can view some of the prompts we included in our session below:
What is the distinction between individual responsibility and fractal responsibility?
How might carcerality show up in our interpersonal relationships?
When was the last time you were wrong?
Who are you in conflict with right now?
The summary and reading resources are up on our website.
👩🏽💻Meet the Team
Meet Shanika - she has been with the team since the early days!
1. What book are you currently reading? At the moment I’m reading ‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison, which deftly explores the white beauty standard in America and the implications it has for young Black girls, especially for how the self is perceived. It’s a poignant and touching read, that feels broad and personal all at once.
Next on my list is ‘Burnt Sugar’ by Avni Doshi!
2. What are you looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to reimagining and re-energising the work we do at TRC; investing love and care into our work, each other, and our community <3
3. What is one thing you would like to share with the world? We should all be seeing more theatre! Seeing and supporting Black and Brown talent on stage was a big highlight of last year for me, and I’m excited to continue this. I’m sharing two links here for shows in March; a twitter thread below and Rendition.
📚Things we’re engaging with right now…
WATCH: Inquest launched its groundbreaking report with a webinar exploring race, death and British policing which is now available to watch here, which makes a case for the diversion of resources away from policing and into communities to properly resourced welfare, health, housing, education and social care.
READ: Anti-trans hate crime has skyrocketed in the UK, in a disturbing figure of 156% in 4 years. Read the analysis by Novara Media here.
LISTEN: Thenmozhi Soundarajan sits down with Priya from API Chaya to discuss how women’s bodies enforces caste hierarchy and gender-based violence. Listen to the episode now.
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