About Us

 

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Participants of our workshop “Moving Through Grief and Conjuring Healing Through Nature”, Takoma Park, MD, Summer 2016

About This Bridge Called Our Health: [Re]imagining our Minds, Bodies, & Spirits: 

This Bridge Called Our Health (TBCOH) is a a Black queer femme-led digital publication, consulting practice, and community resource that promotes dialogues, creates discourse, and renders services around health, healing, and wellness through a trauma-informed, social justice lens. Under the visionary leadership of Founding Director, Danielle Elizabeth Stevens, TBCOH provides sacred spaces for women and femmes of color and other marginalized communities to breathe in serenity, mindfulness and relaxation as a reprieve to the day to day violence oppressed communities experience. We focus on curating holistic, homeopathic, and community-based health solutions to women and femmes of color that resist the violence imposed by the western medical industrial complex. We center our work within a disability justice lense and a deep analysis of resisting anti-blackness.

As an online healing space and digital interrogation of gender-based oppression, we invite queer, cis, trans, and non-binary women and femme people of color of all genders and expressions to imagine a world free from violence and trauma; a world that welcomes and invites us to embody our authentic and full selves. Within an enduring white-supremacist, capitalist, heteropatriarchal, sociocultural context that has historically and continues to kill off our ancestors and elders, invalidate our lived experiences, strip us of our resources to live and heal, and undermine the ways we embody our truths; we celebrate the truth-tellers, freedom fighters, warrior women, & fierce femmes who resist every single day. We honor the divinity of people who must navigate overlapping forms of violence to maintain our survival, who have and continue to embody infinite wisdom through our bones, whose spirits continue to create pathways for our health, healing, and liberation.

We amplify these stories untold; these narratives unpublished within mainstreams dialogues around health and wellness. We hold these testimonies in the utmost sacredness and care. The narratives and experiences of women and femmes of color of all genders are at the center of this work. With this publication, the aim to create a wildly creative and supportive environment in which contributors and readers alike are celebrated in sharing the boldness of our truths in order to reclaim our self-determination. This is a collective labor of resistance through memoir as we dare to create our humanity and existence; as we carefully craft the stories to our survival on our OWN terms.

The namesake of this is grounded in and modeled after the anthology: This Bridge Called My Back, in honor of the women and femme ancestors and healers of color whose narratives, wisdoms, and truths serve as blueprints for our liberation and movements towards freedom. These women breathe resistance and survival through their bones, allowing us to live through their audacity to reclaim our collective livelihood. The dreams of Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Nellie Wong, Marsha P. Johnson, Audre Lorde, our mothers, our sisters, our siblings, our fierce femme relatives, and other revolutionary warrior women instilled in us the importance of healing from within & catalyzing coalition building with all women & femme communities of color, including but not limited to trans, gender non conforming, queer, working class, immigrant, sick, chronically ill, & disabled, and third world women & femmes. We ground our work in these truths and hope this forum will operate as a sacred and meaningful space within which women and femmes of all genders can audaciously envision our healing. Together, as architects of a new world, we can build a bridge to lead us to our collective liberation. Lets join hands and hearts in creating the blueprint to get us there.

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