From March, 2019

Message from Joshua Williams

It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains. —Assata Shakur Today I say, let’s lose these chains of having been victimized by the system. Let’s lose the chains of oppression. Let’s lose these…

Glenn Burke

We love our queer elders! Today is the opening day of the baseball season. This sport runs thru my blood and I grip with the realities around gender/overall team sport brutalities, but here’s a small ode to my favorite player: Glenn Burke from San Leandro, CA. Burke was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in…

Black w/ Plants: Sexual Health Education Q&A with LaMar Thompson-Hightower

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Sexual Health Education? Being a social worker? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Working at a health clinic, as a social worker, has its ups and downs. Being a macro social worker,…

Black w/ Plants: Lillith Plant Shop Q&A with Starsha Valentine

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Lillith Plant Shop? Caring for plants? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Lillith Plant Shop was founded as a creative outlet for me and a way to share my love of plants…

RAD Detroit: A Relationship Anarchy Unconference

Relationship Anarchy (RA) is a politic of relating that applies anarchistic principles to the interpersonal. The practice of RA is an emergent strategy to build non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive, autonomy-affirming community. RA’s may enact both anti-monogamy action and prefigurative building. Supportive, exclusive space is critically needed for folks who are practicing anarchistic relating. Often people come to…

Black w/ Plants: Black Men With Gardens Q&A with Nelson ZePequeno

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Black Men With Gardens? Nelson? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Black Men With Gardens is about sharing a side of black men that nobody sees or believes exist, while challenging perceptions…

Black w/ Plants: Plant-based Medicine Q&A with April Rameé

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Antler Alchemy? Plant-based medicine? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Antler Alchemy was created by April Rameé, a ceremonial herbalist enticing the senses to inspire your ancestors to come out to play.…

Black w/ Plants: Mindful Movement Q&A with Brialle Ringer

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Mindful Movement? #StayinYourMagic? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Mindful movement is a practice of listening to your body and moving in ways that feel pleasurable. When I returned to my identity…