Increasing Access through the LJIST Scholarship Fund

In 2020, we launched the LJIST Scholarship Fund to expand access to our programs, especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people born and living outside the U.S., and young people and students. Through the generosity of our community, we have raised over $5,000 in scholarship funds since starting this program. In 2021, the…

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Adultism: The Training Ground for All Other Oppression

Born for Justice: How We Came Into the World Nine months before Rosa Parks became the face of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat to a White passenger on a bus in Jim Crow Alabama. Greta Thunberg initiated the School Strike for Climate, which eventually led to 4 million…

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Stopping the Cycle of Oppression: How Our Early Hurts Perpetuate Injustice

The Nature of Human Beings: Spontaneous Healing from Hurts As young people we experienced many hurts. Hurts can be intentional or accidental. They can happen consciously or unawarely. Perhaps, like me, when you hear the word “hurt” you think of physical hurts and those are included here. For example, an unintentional hurt is falling while…

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Thank You, Educators!

A Message of Gratitude and Support during COVID-19 This message was originally delivered as part of an in-person keynote titled “Healing Together: Creating a Community of Solidarity with Young People“ at the Portland Public Schools Leadership Institute on Wednesday August, 11, 2021. With the exception of parents, it’s educators who have witnessed first-hand the ravages…

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Original People Acknowledgment Practice

“If you’re not mindful of what you are doing, then, you are turning a land acknowledgment into a token. It becomes an empty gesture to ‘honor’ Native people. It becomes this century’s mascot.” Dr. Debbie Reese We’d texted the day before about meeting, so I knew she was expecting me. When I arrived, I parked…

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Redefining “Business as Usual”

Steps Toward a Values Aligned Transformation and a More Just World Like many of you, very little about our days (or nights or weekends for that matter) look the way they did before the global pandemic. Our perceptions of “normal” have been tested. What we thought “being flexible” meant has stretched in unimaginable ways. “Plans”…

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Ending Racism Together: Committing to a Body of Work On and For Ourselves

Racism had a beginning. And it can have an end. What if I told you we could end racism, right now? I founded the Luna Jiménez Institute for Social Transformation with the mission to end racism through personal healing and transformation—and to live long enough to see racism end. The theories, frameworks, and practices that…

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Quédate en casa hoy: Tus acciones pueden salvar vidas

Si te ha pasado como a mí, probablemente has recibido innumerables correos electrónicos, anuncios, artículos y publicaciones en redes sociales relacionados con COVID-19. No puedo  agregar uno más porque no pensaba que tuviera algo significativo que agregar. Eso fue hasta hoy. Este blog llega a todo el mundo y creo que la información es relevante…

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Shelter in Place Today—Your Actions Can Save Lives

If you are like me, you have probably received countless COVID-19-related emails, announcements, articles, and social media posts. I have held off adding one more from me because I didn’t think I had anything meaningful to add. That was until today. This blog reaches around the world and I think the information is globally relevant.…

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Nanci Joins Strong Feelings Podcast

Nanci recently joined best friends and business partners, Katel and Sara, during their weekly show about work, friendship, and feminism: Strong Feelings. During the interview, Nanci discusses 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. Click Here to Listen to the…

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