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Hey Welcome! I’m Crispina ffrench
Artist, Educator, Empowerer, Plant Eater,
Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
I’m glad you are here, Now let’s make shift happen.

Weekly Theme - Collaboration

Racial Justice and Environmentalism

Historically it has been hard for me to establish which passion topic is first in line for human harmony on planet Earth, environmentalism or racial justice.  

This week’s chain of events in our national arena has proved to me that seeking environmental harmony is privileged. I bet it is pretty hard to pay attention to environmental issues when you fear for your life when you walk outside, go for a run, feed people in the street or even stay inside your own home.  I think about the fact that if my first born had been a black boy, the chances of him dying young even in optimal health would have been great.  I think about my friend from high-school who went to jail as I went off to college, because he was black and tripping in the Laundromat, being silly with a bunch of white friends.  I think about this week’s theme – COLLABORATION what how the subject of this post has changed.

My mother in law is 90.

She is an astute bio-chemist who taught at esteemed institutions including Wesleyan University and Bennington College.  She told me a while back that emotional response is genetically inherited.  Think about that. Think about the fact that it is entirely possible that George Floyds great grandfather was whipped as a slave.  Think about the emotional response to being whipped as a slave. Keep thinking.  Think about the pain, rage, self-doubt, embarrassment, anger, fear, rage, inadequacy, self-questioning, hatred, burning, horror and it goes on. . .  .    . oh and the RAGE

I am only imagining. My imagining brings tears and heartache, the desire to scoop up a whole people and nurture, coddle, listen, care, heal, and make better.  

Now, imagine if you can, that this emotional response is what you inherited.  Think about what your outlook might be different if you inherited that pain, rage, self-doubt, rage, hatred, and so on.  Imagine that, on top of the inherited emotional response, you were systemically and perpetually kept down, oppressed and persecuted.  

Now. Right this minute, is the time to educate.  

A beautiful friend of my late son shared this link to an article that feels really helpful to me right now.  https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

My weekly themes are planned way ahead of time.  

I imagined writing this post differently but realize that my focus on racial justice is long overdue. That link above directs you to a list of 75 things white people can do for racial justice.  For me it makes sense to dive right in and learn.  I am listening to recommended reading now and will host a Zoom Discussion on Saturday night at 8pm EST.  If you are interested in joining the conversation, listening, and discussing with civility and sincere desire to learn how to help, you are invited. Leave a comment and I’ll pass along the meeting link.  

Our collaboration this week is in service of racial justice.

Weekly Theme - Collaboration

Racial Justice and Environmentalism

Historically it has been hard for me to establish which passion topic is first in line for human harmony on planet Earth, environmentalism or racial justice.  

This week’s chain of events in our national arena has proved to me that seeking environmental harmony is privileged. I bet it is pretty hard to pay attention to environmental issues when you fear for your life when you walk outside, go for a run, feed people in the street or even stay inside your own home.  I think about the fact that if my first born had been a black boy, the chances of him dying young even in optimal health would have been great.  I think about my friend from high-school who went to jail as I went off to college, because he was black and tripping in the Laundromat, being silly with a bunch of white friends.  I think about this week’s theme – COLLABORATION what how the subject of this post has changed.

My mother in law is 90.

She is an astute bio-chemist who taught at esteemed institutions including Wesleyan University and Bennington College.  She told me a while back that emotional response is genetically inherited.  Think about that. Think about the fact that it is entirely possible that George Floyds great grandfather was whipped as a slave.  Think about the emotional response to being whipped as a slave. Keep thinking.  Think about the pain, rage, self-doubt, embarrassment, anger, fear, rage, inadequacy, self-questioning, hatred, burning, horror and it goes on. . .  .    . oh and the RAGE

I am only imagining. My imagining brings tears and heartache, the desire to scoop up a whole people and nurture, coddle, listen, care, heal, and make better.  

Now, imagine if you can, that this emotional response is what you inherited.  Think about what your outlook might be different if you inherited that pain, rage, self-doubt, rage, hatred, and so on.  Imagine that, on top of the inherited emotional response, you were systemically and perpetually kept down, oppressed and persecuted.  

Now. Right this minute, is the time to educate.  

A beautiful friend of my late son shared this link to an article that feels really helpful to me right now.  https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

My weekly themes are planned way ahead of time.  

I imagined writing this post differently but realize that my focus on racial justice is long overdue. That link above directs you to a list of 75 things white people can do for racial justice.  For me it makes sense to dive right in and learn.  I am listening to recommended reading now and will host a Zoom Discussion on Saturday night at 8pm EST.  If you are interested in joining the conversation, listening, and discussing with civility and sincere desire to learn how to help, you are invited. Leave a comment and I’ll pass along the meeting link.  

Our collaboration this week is in service of racial justice.

Weekly Theme - Collaboration

Racial Justice and Environmentalism

Historically it has been hard for me to establish which passion topic is first in line for human harmony on planet Earth, environmentalism or racial justice.  

This week’s chain of events in our national arena has proved to me that seeking environmental harmony is privileged. I bet it is pretty hard to pay attention to environmental issues when you fear for your life when you walk outside, go for a run, feed people in the street or even stay inside your own home.  I think about the fact that if my first born had been a black boy, the chances of him dying young even in optimal health would have been great.  I think about my friend from high-school who went to jail as I went off to college, because he was black and tripping in the Laundromat, being silly with a bunch of white friends.  I think about this week’s theme – COLLABORATION what how the subject of this post has changed.

My mother in law is 90.

She is an astute bio-chemist who taught at esteemed institutions including Wesleyan University and Bennington College.  She told me a while back that emotional response is genetically inherited.  Think about that. Think about the fact that it is entirely possible that George Floyds great grandfather was whipped as a slave.  Think about the emotional response to being whipped as a slave. Keep thinking.  Think about the pain, rage, self-doubt, embarrassment, anger, fear, rage, inadequacy, self-questioning, hatred, burning, horror and it goes on. . .  .    . oh and the RAGE

I am only imagining. My imagining brings tears and heartache, the desire to scoop up a whole people and nurture, coddle, listen, care, heal, and make better.  

Now, imagine if you can, that this emotional response is what you inherited.  Think about what your outlook might be different if you inherited that pain, rage, self-doubt, rage, hatred, and so on.  Imagine that, on top of the inherited emotional response, you were systemically and perpetually kept down, oppressed and persecuted.  

Now. Right this minute, is the time to educate.  

A beautiful friend of my late son shared this link to an article that feels really helpful to me right now.  https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

My weekly themes are planned way ahead of time.  

I imagined writing this post differently but realize that my focus on racial justice is long overdue. That link above directs you to a list of 75 things white people can do for racial justice.  For me it makes sense to dive right in and learn.  I am listening to recommended reading now and will host a Zoom Discussion on Saturday night at 8pm EST.  If you are interested in joining the conversation, listening, and discussing with civility and sincere desire to learn how to help, you are invited. Leave a comment and I’ll pass along the meeting link.  

Our collaboration this week is in service of racial justice.

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