We are currently seeking and working to assemble a core team of dedicated people to join our collective! We envision this space as one that will grow into a large, inclusive, community of people. Additionally, we welcome and encourage submissions, critiques, and feedback so that we may grow and build together to better identify, challenge, and attack all systems of oppression.
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What is Groundwork for Praxis?
Groundwork for Praxis literally means we are working to build and foreground understandings of the world that help us to both think and organize in ways that are non-oppressive towards others (see “What is Intersectionality”). This includes Indigenous peoples whose sacred & ancestral lands are occupied by the US & Canada –therefore we seek to also destabilize and ultimately end settler colonialism. The term “praxis” refers to the ways that we want to incorporate our understandings from theory, thought, and ideas, to modes of operating, organizing, and acting in the world through an intersectional and anti-colonial framework.
Groundwork for Praxis currently has two main focuses:
- To be an outlet, and to create space for, oppressed peoples* who want to challenge existing systems of domination, and develop new ways to incorporate an intersectional, anti-colonial, framework into our resistance movements. We aim to do this by both generating and featuring a variety of original content in many formats as well as sharing and archiving existing resources.*GFP predominantly features and publishes content from Indigenous, Black, and migrant/diasporic/settler peoples of color – recognizing these identities are not mutually exclusive and can and often do intersect. Priority is given to disabled and/or queer, trans and gender non-conforming people, especially: queer, trans and Two Spirit Indigenous peoples, queer, trans Black peoples, trans women of color, and femme identified people in general.
- Provide interactive workshops, presentations, and trainings and trainings that inherently disrupt narratives that perpetuate oppression by presenting information from an anti-colonial and intersectional framework, while also working to empower oppressed and underrepresented communities by channeling the otherwise inaccessible financial and material resources from academic/organizational spaces, to them.
Statement of Purpose
We believe in massive widespread re-education that contextualizes current conditions through foregrounding historical happenings and analyses of how oppressive structures have been created and are maintained. Groundwork for Praxis sees inherent value in creating space to examine, critique, and address the ways that intra-movement racism, sexism, classism, and other isms, are creating barriers for meaningful alliance building, and to create effective forms of action to identify, challenge, and attack oppressive systems. Because of this, we seek to foreground self determination for Indigenous, Black and other migrant/diasporic/and settler communities of color –recognizing these identities are not mutually exclusive and can and often do intersect. We aim to build critical connections between the compounding systems of oppression that racialized peoples and communities experience within the specific conditions of white supremacist settler colonialism that exist within the nation states of the so-called US and Canada.
Founder, Co-Director & Content Curator || kat yang-stevens is a queer femme person and first generation Asian Am* of Chinese ancestry living with chronic physical illness & pain. kat grew up on and currently lives on occupied territories belonging to the Onondaga & Cayuga Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in so-called New York. Narrowly escaping the tentacles of the school-to-prison pipeline in the post industrial rustbelt region of NY & having no formal education or degrees, kat understands the need for, and works to create, spaces that value and promote knowledge production and education outside state and private structures.
kat has organized with the Finger Lakes Action Network –a direct action-oriented solidarity network building resistance to the presence of extractive industry, corporate power, and state/military repression– which they also co-founded. Previously they worked as an organizer and coordinator for the Tar Sands Blockade and with TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services), where they worked primarily to amplify the voices of and support the self determination of directly impacted indigenous communities and communities of color living fence-line to refineries processing tar sands. kat’s work has also focused the needs of and advocated for the victims and family and friends of victims of police brutality and murder starting with organizing support and defense for themselves when they were viciously attacked and beaten by police at the age of 17.
A main focus of their work includes addressing intra-movement racism, anti-Indigeneity and anti-Blackness –especially in Asian communities– and the barriers they present to creating meaningful multiracial alliances, particularly working to develop and push for the incorporation of intersectional and anti-colonial frameworks within shared BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) spaces.
As a cultural creator kat designs and facilitates original workshops and presentations addressing and connecting issues such as environmental racism, settler colonialism, food justice, prison abolition, and mass incarceration. They diligently work to reappropriate and distribute resources into the control of consistently ignored and underfunded people and organizations, especially those engaged in land defense and community self defense. Their work includes critiquing, attacking, and creating alternatives to the non-profit industrial complex, the ally industrial complex, and white “anti-racism” as well as more generally expanding on and creating analyses of the dynamics that occur within and because of these systems.
Co-Director || Tabitha Skervin is a Jamaican-born, black, queer, genderfluid femme currently living in occupied Leni-Lenape territory, outside of so-called philadelphia. Tabitha has dedicated the past five years to building power for social and environmental based resistance movements.
As a student at Michigan State, zie headed campaigns to shut down MSU’s coal plant, promote the creation of a student union, ran Amnesty International’s local student chapter and supported work of other students on campus. Before dropping out of school, Tabitha was elected as President of the Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative where zie served a one year term managing a cooperative system of 14 houses and over 200+ members.
Outside of school, Tabitha has also provided trainings and workshops focused to address, as well as, attack systems of domination by assisting organizing communities in creating tangible steps to make their organizations, collectives, etc. a place that not only holds space for marginalized identities, but prioritize them.
Tabitha’s work is based on a commitment to a future where Black, Indigenous, and settler/diasporic/migrant communities of color are able to operate and thrive with dignity and free from domination. For an Earth unchained by systems of oppression and the commodification of peoples and the Land.
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