Were you allowed to cry as a kid—or did someone tell you to toughen up and get over it? Nanci Luna Jiménez believes that too many of us were taught to shove our feelings down, instead of handling them in healthy ways—and that if we can’t release our feelings and process our hurt, we can’t dismantle oppression.
Nanci wants to change that. She’s the founder and president of the Luna Jiménez Institute for Social Transformation, where she inspires individuals and organizations to deepen their commitment to social justice and create transformational change. And she wants us all to understand why building intimate relationships and allowing ourselves and others the space to release feelings aren’t just feel-good tactics. They’re acts of revolution.
When we get hurt and there’s oppression coming at us, the responses we’ve normalized are all responses that eventually numb and isolate us. And if they don’t numb and isolate us, then they will come out and leak out in ways that become oppressive towards other human beings.
—Nanci Luna Jiménez, founder and president of the Luna Jiménez Institute for Social Transformation
We talk about:
- The Luna Jiménez Institute for Social Transformation
- How healing from institutionalized oppressions and social justice are connected
- Adultism—the systematic and institutional mistreatment of young people—as the training ground for oppression
- What constructivist listening is and how practicing it is beneficial
- We’re launching an IRL community called Collective Strength in Philly! Check out the details and RSVP to our first event on salary, fair pay, and negotiation.
- Sara talks about why she makes a point to talk with friends about speaking fees, freelance rates, and salaries as often as possible.
- Remember our chat with Veronica Rex about the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund two episodes ago? Their Mother’s Day bailout raised over $135,000 this year and bailed out a bunch of moms for the holiday, plus they have plans (and the funds!) to bail out more moms soon.