Our Commitments (beginnings of our forthcoming mission statement)

  • To promote transformative and healing justice. To use art as a tool to interrupt and transform deep roots of injustice. To promote self-determination.

  • Provide creative spaces and resources that center arts and healing as reflection and transformation to build community and support direct action in the Gulf Coast region. 

  • Gulf Coast centered political community addressing injustice by building power through healing practice, political education and arts-based strategic direct action.

OUR WORKING PRINCIPLES IN PRAXIS *in process*

Racial and Social Justice: *more details coming soon*

Transformative Justice: *more details coming soon*

Disability/Accessibility Justice:

From Sins Invalid, text by Patty Berne: “All bodies are unique and essential.  All bodies are whole.  All bodies have strengths and needs that must be met.  We are powerful not despite the complexities of our bodies but because of them.  We move together, with no body left behind.  This is disability justice.”  (add “mind/minds”)

  • The core collective is committed to naming our physical/mental needs to ourselves and each other when we share space.  We are committed to addressing access needs for those present at the beginning of every meeting.

  • As we develop the RAHC space, the Space Transformerz working group will center physical accessibility.  This includes organizing parking for those with limited mobility; creating a flat surface that is wheelchair accessible and easier to move across for people using other walking tools; ensuring that the restroom is ADA-compliant; creating an organizational scheme for material storage that prioritizes accessibility (in the restroom and for materials); seating that can support weight, has cushioning, and is at different levels (higher/lower); minimizing the use of scent throughout the space; deep-cleaning and maintaining cleanliness for people with allergies and asthma; storing materials safely; ensuring that there is always drinking water for events (in conjunction with the organization/individuals hosting); etc.

  • The core collective, when considering proposals for space use, will work with the requesting organization/individuals to address specific accessibility needs and will name this process as a requirement for use of the space (could be included in the Google form).

  • In mapping and requesting resources, we will prioritize items that will enable us to increase the accessibility of the space such as through providing simultaneous transcription or signing services at events.  When working with larger and better-funded organizations, we will require that they build such services into their proposals for using the space.

  • After the deep-clean party we will hold all core collective meetings in the RAHC space to ensure accessibility.

  • We will identify options for accessible vehicles for assisting with transport.

  • Within the RAHC layout, we will identify a quiet space (perhaps as part of the library or near the altar) that can be used if/when anyone needs a break, to step out, recover, or otherwise withdraw from the general activity in the space.

  • As we develop our radical library, we will include Braille and audio items.

Language Justice:

“A world where social structures would not be based on the dominance of one language over all others.  A world where interpretation and translation are cherished and valued as critical tools for opening communication.” from Antena

  • The radical library will include multilingual items and items in a variety of languages, centering Spanish, Vietnamese, and English as the most commonly-spoken languages in the New Orleans area.

  • As we map and request resources, we will prioritize items that will enable us to provide simultaneous translation/interpretation for events.

  • All basic RAHC information will be translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, and English for local distribution (calendar, mission, principles, space request form)

  • Language justice facilitators will receive support and when possible compensation for their work.

  • The core collective will prioritize setting up workshops/trainings with local and non-local language justice facilitators open to the public.

  • The space request form will include a question regarding language/translation access plans for the event(s) by hosting organizations/individuals

  • The core collective will actively reach out to their local networks to identify people who want to undergo language justice trainings and/or serve as facilitators for events within the RAHC space.

Radical Childcare:

  • Young people will be recognized and respected as members of the community and the movement.

  • Events and activities will incorporate options for multiple age/ability levels.  The space request form should include a question regarding the age range of participants and the different options for involvement.

  • All events and activities will have people specifically present for working with young people/children.

  • People doing childcare will be prepared by the sponsoring organization/individuals and the core collective for working with children/young people who speak different languages or need more assistance with accessibility.

  • RAHC will host a basic CPR/Heimlich/first aid course quarterly open to the public but specifically for people doing childcare.

 

Links:

Transformative Justice: https://niastories.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/tjcurriculum_design_small-finalrev.pdf

Disability/Accessibility Justice: https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/changing-the-framework-disability-justice/

Language Justice: http://antenaantena.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/langjust_eng.pdf

Radical Childcare: https://ccccollective.wordpress.com/about/