The Kindred southern healing justice collective was a project conceived by healers and organizers in the South in 2007, as a response to the crisis of trauma, violence and social conditions in our region. Through conversations and strategy sessions many organizers and healers continue to identify a need to be able to respond to the increased state of burnout and depression in our movements; systematic loss of our communities’ healing traditions; the isolation and stigmatization of healers, and the increased privatization of our land, medicine and natural resources that has caused us to rely on state or private models we do not trust and that do not serve us.
At the 2007 US Social Forum, Kindred southern healing justice collective began building a collective of southern based healers and organizers seeking to deepen the capacity and wellness of our movements.
Kindred Collective stands with and in support of the family of Troy Davis, and all of the organizers that fought for his life. In the aftermath of an execution that exposed the injustice and systematic oppression inherent in the death penalty, and in the prison industrial complex generally, we recognize the grieving happening in Georgia, in the South, and in the world.
As such, we are calling on grassroots healers, health practitioners, and organizers to remember to allow ourselves a moment to grieve both the loss of the battle, and the loss of an extraordinary life.
Kindred Collective believes not only in collective grief, but also in collective resiliency and resistance. Together, we will transform the grief that we have experienced into a movement that will topple the death penalty and all other extensions of oppression.
Additional background about the Kindred southern healing justice collective was published in transform., a publication by the the Center for Transformative Change (CXC).