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Porsha Beed and Aaron Johnson Build Community Relationships to Dismantle Oppression

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Porsha Beed is an intimate activist and mentor who specializes in teaching young people and adults about the importance of deep human connection, holistic resistance, and the importance of self-love and resiliency. She is passionate about dismantling racism and oppression. As an Earth builder and integrator of race, she strives to build a lifelong community to end racism. Her love for the Earth and for intentional community is the nest in which Beed has chosen to fight systems of oppression.

Aaron Johnson is an Earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, he frequently uses his talents in speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking, and minimalism. Johnson leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools to use in dismantling racism.

Aaron Johnson and Porsha Beed

Here are some highlights from the interview with Beed and Johnson:

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Holistic Resistance Creates Connections for Inclusive Change was originally published in B the Change on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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