We have them. Belong to them. Live in them. Are them. Bodies are entities which define individual and collective physicality.
We all have a different account of this "physicality" based on our own lived and learned experiences. All of the factors which affect our daily experience of the world cannot be known to all the people that we share spaces with but in order to understand our own individuality we must also try to understand the physicality of the collective.
Ok so here's the pitch:
In order to understand our role in the spaces we occupy we must seek to understand things which are not immediately apparent, contending with our own experiences while striving to comprehend the experiences of others.
We are all human beings, human bodies, with a shared anatomy. The issues that face us collectively, as a body of people, are therefore anatomical issues. Just as we have the biological capacity within ourselves to reinnervate wounded limbs and appendages in order to feel again, we must, as a body, attempt to reinnervate: to reestablish feeling within the grasp of riotous plurality, at the site of long existing wounds, to evade numbness.
Touch point: Somatosensory aims
This is only meant to be a touch point: a place where a people can come to do something, share something, learn something.
The idea is that even if we can't do everything by ourselves to reconnect and remodel our communities, cities or countries, we can all contribute something just by listening and engaging with others experiences, sharing our own experiences, volunteering, or sharing resources to get involved with issues that we care about.
This space is not meant to overshadow any other effort by any community or organization, it is only meant to provide another outlet and collection space which is as accessible as it can be to every person who feels it might be of use to them. It is only meant to aid in the process of healing larger, persisting wounds though small acts of individual intent.
We will try as hard as we can to represent as diverse perspectives as possible and will not amplify some voices at the expense of others. We are here to lift everybody up and to make seen/heard/felt the unseen/unheard/forgotten. And most of all we're here for you!
One last thing: we cannot allow humanitarian issues to become solely political issues, subverted to preexisting political divisions. We will work towards change by building understanding then work for systematic changes through political action. Humanitarian issues must be addressed as they are, with respect to human rights and a social contract in the making.
Ok so first let's just make sure we're all on the same page...
Hate speech: Hate speech is defined by Merriam Webster as "speech which is meant to insult, offend or intimidate a person because of some trait (as race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability". Hate speech includes but isn't limited to slurs, threats and repetitions of hate speech from other sources. We can't have that here!
Dialectic: Merriam-Webster gives one defintion of dialectic as "any systematic reasoning, exposition or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict : a method of examining and discussing opposing ideas in order to find the truth". This is what we must attempt to do here! We cannot expect to all have the same opinions but we can inform our opinions and discuss them in trying to seek truth!
Plural: Who are we?
A team of editors, writers, artists, volunteers, students, leaders and people! If you want to join our team visit our contact page and let us know what you do and why you would like to be involved!