A fellow Mama of Parenting for Liberation, Cecilia Cabellero, recently wrote a blog sharing on her experiences in Mothering While Brown. "Mothering while brown means all the times I’ve been told, not asked, to leave white spaces while with my child—university classrooms, academic conferences, exhibits, museums, cafes, restaurants. So you mother while brown anyway. You … Continue reading Mothering While Brown
Parenting for Liberation is excited to partner with Mothering Justice as they launched their new training program, Mamas’ University. The course offers a holistic approach to developing women leaders. Women do not lead single issue lives and in order to build an activist mother it requires addressing all of her relationship issues. This would encompass … Continue reading Parenting for Liberation partners with Mothering Justice for Mama’s University
We had the honor of interviewing Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho who recently launched Black Activist Mothering. Jacqueline performs #BlackActivistMothering as a conceptual framework that is a capturing and both shedding of what it means to be a black mother who engages problems of practice unfolding in urban school settings as community work. A #BlackActivistMother herself, Jacqueline has been trailblazing … Continue reading Black Activist Mothering
During our discussion with Cecilia Caballero of Chicana M(other)work, we explore: 1. being a parent in academia and the organizing taking place on campuses throughout Los Angeles and Chicana M(other)work 2. anti-blackness in brown communities including personal experiences with colorism and internalized oppression 3. the victim blaming of local state-violence victim Jesse Romero (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/08/10/boyle-heights-deadly-officer-involved-shooting/) 4. … Continue reading Cecilia Caballero of Chicana M(other)work
I've heard many parents ask, how do I talk to my kids about racism--well sometimes it isn't the parents leading the discussion. In this candid convos with my kid while cooking dinner, my step daughter and I were just talking as usual--she calls it "History 101" learning about "Racism" and "Stereotypes" and the discussion turned … Continue reading Kitchen Convos with Kids (cooking up discussions about racism and stereotypes)
"As a mother of two black boys, I have to be extra vigilant in making sure they understand how their presence can make people feel threatened, while at the same time help them understand they have value. I have to have a conversation with them when they get a little taller about how they will … Continue reading The Heartbreaking Reality of Raising Black Children in America
The week before Mother's Day I participated in a book panel, community discussion, and book signing with 'Revolutionary Mothering' editors Ma'ia Williams and China Martens, writer Fabiola Sandoval, and AF3IRM organizer Faith Santilla, hosted by AFI3RM Los Angeles. During the Q&A session, I waited until the last chance, reluctantly raised my hand, and shared my struggle with … Continue reading Revolutionary Mothering: Interview with Mai’a Williams
Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the work that goes into motherhood in all different shapes and forms. For this session, I interviewed parent-activist, Evette Washington, the Parent Coordinator at A Long Walk Home. A Long Walk Home is a nonprofit organization that uses art to educate, activate, and mobilize youth and their parents … Continue reading Mother’s Day Activism
Click the SoundCloud link below to hear the story of my commitment to saying "Yes" to my son, which is the inspiration to Parenting for Liberation.
I do this work for my son, Terrence, my daughter Ariyah, and for your children too. The idea for this podcast came when I attended a transition lab. Here is a link to the transitions and changes, I promised to make to myself--to be a liberated parent: Parenting for Liberation I am raising a young … Continue reading Why I Do this Work?