We’re thrilled to introduce our new monthly feature and the two new co-hosts that are an integral part of it: Holly Sawyer, PhD, and Allison Gibbs, LCSW. We interviewed them at different points during Season 1 and for this feature we invited them to join us in dynamic, intersectional, not-so-clinical conversation.
We’re excited to have them join us and hope you find meaning and entertainment in our conversation. Join us anytime by reaching out and telling us what you think. Also, if you ask us questions, we will answer them on an upcoming podcast.
It’s our one-year podcasting anniversary! This is a transitional moment as we make exciting changes to our podcast sound, content, and format. We recorded this final session of Season 1 during a break from our typical focus for the purpose of our own self-care, and yours.
Here, we share 3 tips under 3 minutes on various topics. We offer a window into some of our process behind the scenes and hope our tips are helpful as you take your own self-care moments.
We include our top 3 tips for:
Acing a Job Interview; Body Image; Breaking Up; Curating Clothing; Dressing for Success, Exercise, Getting Ready to Clean out a Closet; Giving Constructive Criticism; Grief; Healthy Eating; and Shame.
The session in which we discuss Rape Culture and the March to End Rape Culture (MTERC) with our guest, Arika Gold. Arika is a dedicated activist and community organizer. The MTERC is an annual event to raise awareness for Philadelphians about the widespread issues related to rape culture and what is being done to end it.
Rape Culture is … (listen to Amanda Spitfire’s poem in our bonus episode!).
Also, rape culture is … teaching girls and women to take measures to prevent rape instead of telling boys and men not to rape, light sentencing for rapists, rape jokes and people defending them, not believing people who say they were raped, street harassment, certain lyrics in pop music, support for athletes and celebrities charged with rape, blaming victims for destroying a career, blaming victims…
Surely you can add to this list!
The March to End Rape Culture is a safe space for survivors and inclusive of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, and races.
This year’s March to End Rape Culture is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. Rain or Shine at Thomas Paine Plaza (across from Love Park).
The session in which we discuss a meaningful approach to living called Radical Decency with its originator, Jeff Garson. Both Jeff and his wife Dale Garson, both Licensed Clinical Social Workers, are devoted to understanding and implementing Radical Decency.
Radical Decency = Decency to self, others, and the world – at all times, in every context and without exception.
This is the session in which Taylor Austin of the Women’s Centers attended our Feminist Brunch to facilitate conversation about Reproductive Health. Her primary message was about the need for abortion access and for confidential and compassionate abortion care.
There will always be pregnant women seeking abortions, even at great personal risk. Enacting restrictive policies and laws increases the likelihood that women will suffer great consequences. And, typically minority and poor communities are disproportionately affected. Abortion is a critical aspect of healthcare and must be accessible and safe for all who need it.
The session in which we talk to Jamila Harris-Morrison and Harold Barrow. Jamila is the Executive Director of ACHIEVEability, a nonprofit organization working to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, homeless families. Harold started as a client of the organization, motivated by the need to care alone for his newborn baby girl, and now works as ACHIEVEability’s Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach having earned his Master’s degree in Social Services.
As a North Philly girl who eventually made it through grad school but saw many of her friends and community members die on the streets, Tierra Jones is determined to make a difference in the lives of underserved youth. In this session we sit down with Tierra to talk about what motivates her to get up everyday – A.T.T.R.A.C.T. Philly – the non-profit organization she founded to empower youth while promoting the importance of education.
A.T.T.R.A.C.T = A Team Taking Responsive Actions with Conscious Thoughts
The session in which we talk to Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow about the power of words and her work with Mighty Writers. Her mission there is to empower young people to use words to describe their experience and the causes they care about.
Jamilah is a passionate educator, anti-racism activist, wife, and mother of two. She is a 2016 MuslimARC Muslim Anti-Racism–AMEL Fellow. Her first children’s book, Mommy’s Khimar, is in its third printing.
The session in which we talk to Allison Gibbs, LCSW, about the effects of racism and police brutality on the black community, and other marginalized people and communities. Allison established the Therapy Concierge, LLC to help meet the need for accessible and quality mental health services for individuals unable to meet in a traditional setting.
We found this poem and printed it out in the hopes that Jeanae would read it – and she did!
Jeanae Hopgood-Jones has other poems as well as many insightful and touching blogs about being a Black Angel Mom. Visit her site and see if you agree.