Community Organizing and Mental Health with Camille Hernandez

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Camille Hernandez is a theopoet, community organizer, and podcaster who was raised in Southern California and sculpted in the Bay Area and New York City. As a Black woman and Filipina, she proudly stands in the fullness of her complicated and interwoven racial identity. Camille writes poetry and essays that blend mythology and mental health to expand the ways we pursue our collective liberation. She is passionate about pursuing a vision of liberation that is born out of both indigenous practices and the abolitionist imagination. She is committed to BIPOC folks rejecting rugged individualism in order to return to the collectivist reality that our ancestors pursued before the colonial empire reached us. It is her joy to help people develop practices to reduce harm and invite flourishing; and it is her life’s work to amplify the leadership of BIPOC, queer, and nonbinary folks. She’s the host of the O Heaux-ly Night advent podcast devotional (2021) and co-host of the Abolition as Resurrection Lenten podcast devotional (March 2022).

Today’s interview is an in-depth discussion without a pre-determined agenda. Jo and Camille cover a rich variety of topics from motherhood, embarrassing yourself to fight for liberation, female friendships, faith, and so much more.

In this Episode

  • 7:05 - Why liberation requires being comfortable with embarrassment
  • 17:57 - Motherhood and how it can be a way to root deeper into yourself
  • 24:27 - Problems with current content creators in the liberation space
  • 30:28 - Imagination and the crucial role it plays in the abolition
  • 55:33 - Finding liberation in sloppy situations

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