As someone who has worked (and is still working) to develop a healthy sense of who I am and to detach my sense of worth and love from others, I have long thought about what teaching self-love would look like for my kids. I was able to answer some of my questions when I worked as a Social Action Teacher at an elementary school in Washington Heights last year.
Standing in opposition to this school of economic thinking is one of our core values at CREAD, one of the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba: Ujamaa.
Ujamaa is a Swahili word for the village that raises those kids, the “extended family” or ‘community’ that works together (co-labor-rates), takes ownership and manages together (co-operates), solves problems and invents solutions together (co-creates), and organizes and decides together to create power and resources (co-ordinates, “ordinare” is Latin for “ordering” or “organizing.”)
And in order for you (and us) to meet the state and administrative demands of working in a school we must be very clear about our values: The Nguzo Saba.
In actuality, I’m moving into 2018 with Black subscription services in order to buy my detergent, toilet tissue, tooth brushes, tooth paste and paper towels exclusively from Black owned businesses and producers. Thank you We buy Black.
My point is that settlers = militia = gov’ment = land = money = power..
When we talk about Dr. King’s “triple evils” of Capitalism, Racism, and Militarism…
We’re planning a conference at the end of the school year, we’re developing Harlem Renaissance inspired Content Salons for educators and we’re cooking up events to celebrate the lives of Martin, Malcolm, and Marcus along with Angela, Ida and Maya.
November is Native American Heritage Month and though I pride myself on being knowledgeable about the histories of people of the African Diaspora, I had to be real with myself, there is still so much I don’t know about the histories of my Native American brothers and sisters. Thinking of the importance of this solidarity led me to explore the topic of Black/Native American resistance.