Anti-oppression work requires great introspection and learning of self and habits. According to Brenda Herrera Moreno, the role that we have to play in combating oppression is equivalent to the life journey of getting to know ourselves better. ...
Anti-oppression work requires great introspection and learning of self and habits. According to Brenda Herrera Moreno, the role that we have to play in combating oppression is equivalent to the life journey of getting to know ourselves better.
In our conversation today, Brenda explains how white supremacy invisibilizes and intentionally creates distance from the systems it exploits and extracts. The journey is for people to see the paradigms that shape language, humor, and interpersonal relationships. As we look deeper, we can see that these are the same paradigms that inform policies, institutions and regulations. Once we see them, then we have the opportunity to find alternatives or antidotes. Brenda is the founder of ‘In.Visible Paradigms’, an anti-oppression organization committed to informing and transforming white allies in order to deepen their commitment to the ‘work’, community and movement of anti-oppression.
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Social Change Wheel 2.0: https://mncampuscompact.org/wp-content/uploads/large/sites/30/2020/07/IAMNCC-Social-Change-Wheel-2.0-Toolkit.pdf
When you show up, I notice you ________. I _______________.
Thank you for what you’ve shown me and committed to instead feel
I know we will cross paths and that’s okay.
Brenda’s Example from podcast:
When you show up, I notice you override my body, I get caught up in self doubt
and rigid thinking, you displace my ability to be present, and instead push me to
set my value with my self worth.
I want to practice lowering your voice and voice of urgency.
Thank you for what you’ve shown me, I committed to instead feel detachment
both in thinking and self healing.
I know we make some cross paths and that’s okay.
Crush Letter Prompt:
I’ve been putting this off for weeks now. I noticed I feel ______________writing
to you. You have inspired me to_______________, your __[qualities]________
and __[ability]________ has taught me _________________.
I look forward to getting to know you better.
See you soon,
About In.Visible Paradigms
In.Visible Paradigms is an anti-oppression organization that is committed to informing and transforming white community members to better integrate themselves into the anti-oppression community, work, and movement.
Brenda identifies as an anti-oppression practitioner. Born in Mexico City, but partially raised in India, traveled the world, middle school in South Carolina, high school in Wales, and college in Massachusetts. After Hampshire College, Brenda experienced diverse roles in advocacy as a youth program coordinator at a refugee resettlement organization, later as a bilingual counselor for survivors and victims of intimate partner violence, and finally as a peer recovery coach.