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How We Reach For Each Other – Holding Black Stories
November 18, 2020
11 AM PDT

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How We Reach for Each Other – Holding Black Stories In the realms of intimacy and sex education, how do we hold black trauma stories and the symptoms of those chronically under-touched? In this webinar, Aaron Johnson and Porsha Beed of Holistic Resistance will invite us to examine the strategies we use to hear and hold the stories of African Heritage people. Through the skillful weaving of song, story and the asking of useful questions, we’ll lean into the wisdom of slowing down to see, hear, and reach for each other’s hearts and minds, while centering deep human connection as a part of our collective resistance. You are invited to bring a ball of clay or dirt from the land you’re on to hold throughout the webinar.
Katie Spataro

Hosted By: Katie Spataro

Katie Spataro is a somatic sex educator located on the unceded lands of the Duwamish people known as Seattle. She studies and practices at the intersection of birth work and sex work, drawing upon the embodied wisdom of these two lineages to support healing of the personal and collective cultural body.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson is a sex educator that focuses on the Chronically UnderTouched, particularly African Heritage people. As co-founder of Holistic Resistance, Aaron takes the time to hold the stories of black people around homophobia, transphobia, internalized racism, those that are Chronically OverTouched without consent, and incest survivors. Because the purchasing, selling, and commoditization of the sexual energy of black bodies is a part of American history, the long term impact of those trauma stories should be acknowledged and held as a part of sex education curriculum. In Aaron’s experience, a sex education program that does not include a deep analysis of the lynching of black people is incomplete. Aaron has created the African Heritage Chronically UnderTouched Project, the basic strategies to bring a young black man from being Chronically UnderTouched to a state of touch balance as part of the lifelong journey of interrupting white oppressive systems that make touch balance a radical action.

Porsha Beed

Porsha Beed is a sex educator and co-founder of Holistic Resistance. She is a facilitator, mentor, artist activist, deep listener, and heart holder of African heritage stories. She explores the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality. She is an advocate for Black plus size women’s bodies full liberation, in particular she focuses on looking at The chronically-over touched black woman’s body. She looks at the ways that African heritage people’s bodies have historically and currently been harmed in America. She looks at how black men are often chronically under-touched, while black women are often chronically over-touched in the United States. She believes in the importance of looking at these unhealthy trends and helping be a part of the healing for the under-over-touched African heritage bodies. She is also an advocate for LGBTQ people of color that she mentors. Porsha believes that deep human connection has to be at the center of social justice work.

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