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‘Black people have ancestrally decided life on their own terms and communed with the land for their freedom and their liberation. Why do we fight within a system designed to oppress us? How much repair is possible there?’ – Brontë Velez

In this episode Amisha talks with black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, educator, and designer brontë velez (they/them). brontë’s spiritual activism is centred around black liberation ecology and black feminist placemaking. Using radical imagination and death doulaship practices, their organisation ‘Lead to Life’ deconstructs the violences embedded in environmental racism.

brontë is guided by their understanding that Earth called them to bring along other children of colour to meet Earth and to experience each other in wild spaces. They draw on death doulaship practices, such as listening to Earth and prophetic dream practices to connect communities to Earth’s wisdom for prophetic insight on what other ways of being might be possible. In ecological planting ceremonies, their collective Lead to Life, holds space for black people to heal racial and spiritual trauma of community and land on their own terms.

Amisha and brontë speak about the prophetic opportunities presented to our collective by Covid-19 and how it has opened us up to examine the oppressive history of the police state and imperialism. They share personal experiences of racial injustice as people of colour that immerse themselves in nature. brontë shares their past desires to be a Cyborg, and together they explore the potency of technology as a tool to understand nature and our environmental responsibilities in new ways. Weaving their conversation around poetry, mantra’s and fictional prophetic stories written and read by brontë, together they explore the potential of communities guided by prophetic dream practices.

“Listening to the birds stories each day softens the edges of what’s happening in human world and it helps me widen to something that’s bigger than me and helps me to come back to the human story with a lot more care, reverence and another kind of attention, ecological attention that I think we have lost.”

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