We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For: New Online Group For Survivors Failed by the Systems

Mural on side of a building by Jessica Sabogal in Oakland depicts close up of 5 children of color, painted in blues, purples, and pinks, smiling and the quote “We are the ones we’ve be waiting for”

New online group support and activist group starting in late March/Early April 2020 aims to create space for survivors of abuse who have been seriously failed or further harmed by systems (the psychiatric industrial complex, medical industrial complex, legal system, domestic violence agencies, foster care etc). to discuss the trauma accrued trying to heal from trauma, building alternative paths forward of healing, transformative justice, negative survivorship, and, in the words of Adrienne Rich, “diving into the wreck” of surviving (“the wreck and not the story of the wreck/ the thing itself and not the myth”)

To express interest in joining the newly forming group, please email DownpourCommunity@gmail.com

Poem for South African Women

Commemoration of the 40,000 women and children who, 
August 9, 1956, presented themselves in bodily protest against 
the “dompass” in the capital of apartheid. Presented at The 
United Nations, August 9, 1978.

Our own shadows disappear as the feet of thousands
by the tens of thousands pound the fallow land
into new dust that
rising like a marvelous pollen will be
even as the first woman whispering
imagination to the trees around her made
for righteous fruit
from such deliberate defense of life
as no other still
will claim inferior to any other safety
in the world

The whispers too they
intimate to the inmost ear of every spirit
now aroused they
carousing in ferocious affirmation
of all peaceable and loving amplitude
sound a certainly unbounded heat
from a baptismal smoke where yes
there will be fire

And the babies cease alarm as mothers
raising arms
and heart high as the stars so far unseen
nevertheless hurl into the universe
a moving force
irreversible as light years
traveling to the open 

And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea

we are the ones we have been waiting for

from Passion (1980)
and from Directed by Desire. The Collected Poems of June Jordan.
Copyright 2005 by the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust

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