Born Good: Coloring Book Release

LJIST is excited to release our core principles coloring book, Born Good: Coloring Our Way to Social Justice Healing, in celebration of International Mother Tongue Day and International Decade of Indigenous Languages!   The coloring book features illustrations of our eight core principles by artist Laura Lopez Cano. (Fun fact: Laura painted the art that you may have seen behind Nanci in…

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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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¡Bienvenidxs a Project Puerto Rico!

¡Bienvenidxs a Project Puerto Rico! Un día como hoy, hace un año atrás, un devastador huracán azotó la patria de mi padre. El huracán María no solo trajo consigo fuertes vientos y extensos daños en el país, sino que en los días, meses, y ahora un año, siguientes, el huracán María ha dejado al descubierto…

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Partner Profile: The Immigrant Story

Nanci met Sankar Raman, founder of the The Immigrant Story, during the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s recent Sunday Parkways Green Loop Event. The Immigrant Story is a team of volunteer journalists, storytellers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, web developers and marketing specialists publishing the stories of immigrants and refugees to enhance empathy and create an inclusive community.…

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Profile: Melissa Miller

This month marks Melissa’s one-year anniversary with LJIST. She started with the LJIST team as our Office Manager, and has been promoted to LJIST Director of Operations! Congratulations on your new role! Along with being an effective and productive administrator, Melissa is a talented visual artist and writer and is trained as a health coach.…

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HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR AND WELCOME TO LJIST!

Happy Lunar New Year! We’re extremely excited to share the brand-new Luna Jimenez Institute for Social Transformation with you. This new website is a portal for all of our work partnering with individuals, communities, and organizations to end oppression and to transform society, one revolutionary relationship at a time. Welcome! We’re continuing to offer the…

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Ricky’s Legacy

Born in 1938, Erica “Ricky” Sherover-Marcuse was a dedicated social activist from a young age. A published author with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego, she was most known for her revolutionary workshops which coined the term “unlearning racism.” Ricky’s workshops were dynamic, moving, and life-changing. She utilized listening, storytelling and…

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