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Step by step is an understatement of the
That comes along with this work,
Reconstruction so that many of us can carry on
Carry onto a place of understanding
Until the lion has a historian, the hunter will always be the hero.
– African Proverb
Histories is where we are grounded
To carry on the stepping stone to one after another
And another so we see we aren’t alone
Next comes the location
That we experience
Unwind to others
The confusion of thoughts that are wrapped around
The history that we carry on our backs
Locate ourselves in the world that puts the burden
We live in everyday without any
To an understanding of our own
Locate the connections that we share in society
So we can catch a ride on the continuous waves that will be
Wave to the others that we want to join
Because that’s how we grow
Break from the identity
From the privilege
From the “us”
From the “them”
To the we
The confrontation of one’s own personal privilege only produces resistance or discomfort if one identifies with or is attached in some way to that privilege.
– Leela Fernandes, Transforming Feminist Practice, Pg. 29
To push back through these struggles that makes it so hard
To think clearly
Without any outside influences
No matter the circumstances that might push you
Toward the edge
I want to ask how feminist approaches to questions of social justice would change if the existing dichotomy between the material/ political/ social and the spiritual realms were to be set aside.
-Leela Fernandes, Transforming Feminist Practice, Pg. 10
While streets are swept clean from the broken glass
And the date of April 19th and beyond are remembered
In the hearts of people from the Washington area
Ring in their ears
Just like Hooks
All ring in mine to show me a strong path to follow
Still passing on the stepping stone
The kind of transformation that is needed now will require a fire burning from our deepest sources of spiritual strength and knowledge.
-Leela Fernandes, Transforming Feminist Practice, Pg. 22
This spirituality for social change, spirituality that recognizes the many differences among us yet insists on our commonalities and uses these commonalities as catalysts for transformation.
-AnaLouise Keating, “Charting Pathways, Making Thresholds…A Warning,” Pg. 18
Feminist theory can lead to many paths in the
Community we live in
Along with intersections at every corner
But the crossroads we meet
Can always be drawn
When we are ready to accept a transformation
A light to pull from
For from a spiritualized perspective, transformation occurs through the practice itself rather than in the visible or material outcome of the practice.
-Leela Fernandes, Transforming Feminist Practice, Pg. 119
The material might be the graspable goal
Along the road we all travel upon
But only Fernandes
Can explain the goal almost every
Individual struggling should strive to be
What then is the direction of spiritual revolution? I believe that the role of the spiritual revolutionary can never be predetermined or defined to fit a pre-given model. It will always be contingent on one’s choices and contextual circumstances and on the element of the unknowable. The spiritual revolutionary is no more than a worker who knows that utopias are real and who, with this knowledge, cannot live but to manifest a world in this image.
-Leela Fernandes, Transforming Feminist Practice, Pg.123
Wafa Simpore is a Women’s, Gender & Sexualities Studies major at the University of Connecticut. Currently a Senior at UConn, Wafa hopes to go on to a Master’s program in Social Work. Being an advocate for women’s issues and equality for all has been a central focus of her work. Such a focus has helped Wafa find a place in society that challenges normative thought processes and has forged a way for her to step outside of her comfort zone. Wafa hopes to bring her feminist insights and work, and all its difficulties, to where ever she might end up in life–particularly to strengthen her social worker’s career.