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The Relationship Between Colonization and Sexual Violence Part 1: Dissociation & Rematriation

When people ask how I came to engage in Indigenous solidarity work or why rematriation of Indigenous life and land is important to me, my historical answer has been: It’s just the thing I’ve always paid attention to. Some people can’t ignore anti-Black racism, some people can’t ignore climate change, I can’t ignore Indigenous…

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From Pain to Pleasure: Lessons from the Month of Av

Cyclical conceptions of time are thoroughly embedded in me through my Jewish heritage and culture. I was born on Rosh Chodesh Av – the new moon of the Hebrew month that is now ending. The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar, which means that while my Hebrew birthday rarely matches up with my Gregorian…

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Pirkei Avot, Passover & the Mashpee Wampanoag

Dear Jewish Community, I hope everyone is healthy and well, staying strong and resilient, and finding new sources of communication and connection. Check out this beautiful Tkhine When an Epidemic Breaks Out (1916) – a non-canonized, Yiddish Ashkenaz prayer translated by Noam Lerman and others. I have been attending SVARA‚Äôs daily Mishnah studies and wanted to share…

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BKI.3 A Christian Theological Basis for Restorative Solidarity with Indigenous People

Each morning at the 2020 Bartimaeus Kinsler Institute, Ched Meyers led a Bible study that framed our analytical discourse around settler colonialism. On Tuesday, he offered “Naboth’s nahala: Tale of Two Queens (An Archetypal Parable of Settler Colonialism).” The story of Naboth’s vineyard (I Kings 21:1-24), in short, is this: King Ahab really wants…

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What is settler colonialism and who is a settler?

“For too long the depth of racism in American life has been underestimated. The surgery necessary to extract it is necessarily complex and detailed. As a beginning, it is necessary to X-ray our history and reveal the full extent of the disease… Our nation was born in genocide, when it embraced the doctrine that…

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BKI.1 — What is the Bartimaeus Kinsler Institute?

I recently attended a conference called the Bartimaeus Kinsler Institute. The BKI, as it is called, was held on unceded Chumash territory in what is colonially called the Ventura River watershed of California. The leadership of this conference was comprised of local indigenous tribal chairpeople and educators, more geographically dispersed indigenous elders and leaders…

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