“Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” ― Wangari MaathaiAn answer that myself and others have found to these question begins with prioritizing Healing Justice.
How do those targeted by centuries of structural racism thrive and flourish in the face of it? How do we shape lives that honor the fullness our humanity? How do we reclaim the wisdom of our Ancestors while also applying new understandings?
Chocolate Soul Revival was created by a team of Black women artists, healers, activists, and cultural workers who all exist at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. Though there is nothing marginal about our capacity to restore ourselves and each other.
Our healing justice work encompasses racial justice with a focus on equity, gender justice, and economic justice. Applying a holistic lens, we are integrating life-giving tools and methodologies to support our own healing, wellness, empowerment, and community building. We are literally transforming the world, beginning with ourselves.
Our ongoing work includes 1 on 1 sessions, community healing circles, workshops, intensives, and arts infused healing work. Through a decolonial Black queer feminist lens, we are committed to centering the experiences and voices of those most marginalized amongst us; Black trans and cis women, femmes, gender non-binary, queer, youth, economically disenfranchised, cash poor, and folks with disabilities. We're committed to being both community informed and community accountable.
Our long term vision includes residential retreats. Through research, study, and creative collaboration, we are designing a system of healing justice, and an accompanying cultural framework, to be shared with people of African descent across the diaspora.
But we can’t do it alone. We need support to make this happen.
$50, $500, even $5: whatever you contribute to Chocolate Soul Revival will support our work of moving through pain and trauma, and reclaiming clarity, power, and self determination.
Tending to the souls of Black folks is a matter of justice.Mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, informed by the cultural practices of our Ancestors, is a human right. Healing centered organizing, which increases our capacity to strategize and organize from a place of wholeness and clarity, is a matter of justice. Culturally specific, trauma informed, politicized healing work led by those from the very communities it's designed for, is a matter of healing justice. Healing justice requires and is interwined with economic justice.
For years we’ve been doing this work in various forms, for next to nothing—because it just has to happen. Our entire hearts and souls are committed to this work. It is the work that is simply ours to do.
In a healthier society, the work of healers, artists, and cultural workers would be highly valued. In a balanced society, we would already have all the restorative mental health care, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and monetary support we need to move through oppression into liberation.
But you know our society isn’t there yet. That’s why we're asking you to contribute whatever you can.
Everything you give will make a difference to us and those we serve. Funds raised will help cover the cost of space rental, technology, transportation, study materials, workshop materials, as well as time and labor.
In Truth, Love & Justice,
Healing Justice Facilitator
Visionary & Convener
Chocolate Soul Revival