WHAT IF 

all our thoughts 

were loving? . . . 

 

consider the possibility

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Melanie Lutz - Mels Love Land
writer. filmmaker. love activist.

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LOVE ACTIVISM ❤️ LOVE ACTIVISM ❤️ LOVE ACTIVISM ❤️ LOVE ACTIVISM

We heal in community through the stories we tell and the ideas we share and the love we spread. Allow these resources to inspire you to take loving action, to honor your story and to uplift your content creation. Together we create love action consciousness.

COMMUNITY GARDENS

Teapot Gardens led by artists to foster a lifestyle of creation in paradise.

https://www.teapot.la

Moonwater Farm | Compton, CA

https://www.moonwaterfarm.net

El Serrano Community Garden

Cue Farms

Flamingo Estate

The Ecology Center

Taft Gardens, Ojai

ARTS

Amplifier

https://www.Amplifier.org

 

Critical Mass Dance Company

https://www.CriticalMassDancyCompany.org

 

Self Help Graphics & Art

https://www.Selfhelpgraphics.com

 

ADVOCACY

One Billion Rising (Rise to end Violence against women)

https://www.onebillionrising.org/about/campaign/one-billion-rising/

Sheknows #Blogher15

https://www.Blogher.com

 

Sister Giant 

https://www.Sistergiant.com

 

Unite for America

https://www.Uniteforamerica.org

 

Working Hero Action 

https://www.Workingheroaction.org

 

FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Black Lives Matter

 

Relentless Indigenous Women

 

IMMIGRATION

Al Otro Lado

https://www.Alotrolado.org

 

RAICES

https://www.Raicestexas.org

 

Rise to Reunite 

https://www.Facebook.com/RiseToReunite

 

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Dream Catcher Covenant House 

https://covenanthousecalifornia.org/dreamcatcher-youth-services/

 

YES - Youth Emergy Stronger

Even in the darkest dark we see the light inside. 

www.YouthEmergingStronger.Org

 

52 Weeks of Giveback

https://www.facebook.com/groups/52weeksofgiveback

 

LOVE ACTIVISTS

https://www.loveactivists.org

An innovative educational program, based out of South Central Los Angeles, designed to strengthen schools and empower children to be compassionate leaders. 

ART & ECOLOGY

The BirdHouse Community Garden

https://atthebirdhouse.org

 

Ecosystem Restoration Camps

https://ecosystemrestorationcamps.org/

The Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy)

https://workthatreconnects.org/

ECOLOGY / REGENERATION / RESTORATION

Microplastics are now a part of our biosphere. Water, earth, air, are poisoned throughout our planet. The work of the 21st Century is foundational health and wellness. The necessary work of repair, restoration, regeneration is ongoing. Here are a few organizations for you to be inspired by, to share information and to allow a new day to flourish where we have a global focus on foundational health and wellness.

 

Water Stories.Com

Water is the source of life on earth. It is also the primary driver of global temperature and climate. Humanity’s increasingly abusive relationship with water has led us down the watershed death spiral, with drought, flood, and fire all increasing in frequency and severity. We can reverse this cycle, and ensure an abundant and productive future - by simply changing our relationship with water. Grow in techniques to empower a revival of our landscapes and provide space to connect with communities taking action for a better common future.

 

Permaculture Water summit

In a world challenged by the confluence of groundwater depletion, land degradation, and extreme weather events…there are solutions that connect them all: Permaculture water management. This free global summit was created to share viable solutions for the water crises found throughout the planet.

Savory institute: Support Holistic Management & Regenerative Agriculture

Facilitating the return of the grasslands. With over 30 million acres influenced programs are global in scope, grassroots in execution, and holistic in terms of providing the knowledge, resources, and connections necessary for farmers, ranchers, and pastoralist communities to create truly regenerative outcomes on the land we love.

Kiss the Ground

Beginning with a simple principle of loving our lands, the committed crew who came together to awaken people to the possibilities of regeneration. It's a beautiful work, activating artists and ecologists across the earth.

 

Soil Health Academy

Whether farmer, rancher, educator, informed consumer, food industry or healthcare professional, the Soil Health Academy’s schools and workshops provide tools to regenerate soil, farms, food and futures.

MENTAL HEALTH

The Loveland Foundation - committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.

https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

 

Intentional Man Project = Uplifting the masculine 

https://www.theintentionalmanproject.com/virtual-programming

Sacred Sons

Connecting men to their hearts.Co-stewarding the return of the father archetype to this planet through men's relational and physical training. 

https://www.sacredsons.com/

TRAUMA INFORMED HEALING 

BOOKS TO READ ON RELATING DECOLONIZING

Particularly for White Folks

Waking up White:  And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

*White Fragility:  Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

Dear White Christians:  For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey

*What Does it Mean to Be White?  Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo

My Grandmother’s Hands:  Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M. D.

Too Heavy A Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength by Chanequa Walker-Barnes

White Rage:  The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michele Alexander

*Stand Your Ground:  Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas

*Shades of Freedom:  Racial Politics and Presumptions of the American Legal Process by A. Leon Higginbrotham, Jr.

*The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills

The Myth of the Model Minority:  Asian Americans Facing Racism by Rosaland S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin

Understanding & Dismantling Racism:  The Twenty-first Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt

The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

*An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Consider Trauma-Informed Healing Practices to Address Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence

The more you understand, the more you release the trauma through a bodily practice, the more you grow, the more healing you express, the more you connect to your intuitive decision making process, the more you engage in the necessary care and work the more care and work you receive. Feel it in your bones. Take the steps toward freedom at a cellular level. Take every moment to remember the truth. You are not to blame. You are here to thrive. You are a force of nature and no matter what may have happened to you. It is possible to stand up, connect to your heart and move on. If you here a calling of what is possible, listen. Welcome to the all systems love movement.

 

Key principles of trauma-informed practice:

  • Safety. Ongoing efforts are made by an organization to ensure the physical and emotional safety of clients and staff

  • Trustworthiness

  • Choice

  • Collaboration

  • Empowerment

 

A few places to start:

 

Dance from the Heart practice

https://www.criticalmassdancecompany.org

Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC) awakens and activates the creative, intuitive power of the heart through dance & movement for healing, transformation and wellness in mind, body and spirit.

 

Kelsey Blackwell

https://www.kelseyblackwell.com/decolonize-the-body

From Kelsey - "Bodies are imperfect. I love how they creak and grumble. The tightness across our shoulders, the aching in our chest, that acorn in our throat, these are forms of communication -- communication pulling us towards liberation."

 

Somatic Experiencing International Practitioners

https://traumahealing.org/about/

 

They support trauma resolution and resilience through culturally responsive professional education, training, research, and outreach in diverse global communities.

 

An article to get you moving through the space, connecting to your healed and whole senses from The Activist History Review...

 

Decolonizing the Body: Indigenizing Our Approach to Disability Studies

https://activisthistory.com/2019/10/29/decolonizing-the-body-indigenizing-our-approach-to-disability-studies/

If critical disability studies is to replace our traditional analyses and modes of intervention, then we must continue to approach dis/ability within the broader matrix of colonization, questioning and challenging the ways in which dominant power relations recognize, regulate, and govern our lifeways.