Healing Justice

Healing Justice is a core area of work that guides our work at Yo ! Cali . We define Healing Justice as a movement and framework that aims to address widespread generational trauma from systemic violence and oppression by reviving ancestral healing practices and building new and inclusive ones. We honor the lineage of this framework and definition by Cara Page, the Kindred Healing Collective, disability justice practitioners and all creators/builders/birthers of this framework .

Healing Justice is necessary for our Collective Liberation. 

Healing is a practice of love, joy, celebration, reflection, release,  growth & transformation. It is something we need to be in constant practice of.  There are many healing practices we can do individually & in community - practices that we create, or that honor, reclaim and are a remembrance of our lineage. It is a journey of remembering and embodying our wholeness.  



Principle 1: Healing Justice means we are practicing wholeness

  • We see being whole as being free — to show up fully as ourselves and acknowledge, accept, and re-integrate all parts of ourselves.

  • Being in the practice of wholeness means coming back to ourselves fully (physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally) 

  • Wholeness calls us to be good relatives to each other — to be in good relationship with self, each other, and the land. 


Principle 2: Healing Justice means affirming that we are the experts of our bodies, experience, and needs. 

  • We have a deep knowledge of our wants, needs, desires, and journey to receive them. 

  • We have the ability to express our needs, and those needs are respected and honored. 

  • We are embodied people. We have a deep belief that our body is our greatest teacher. 

  • We collectively create sacred containers of care, love, and safety for ourselves and each other. 


Principle 3: Healing Justice means that we honor our cultural traditions, intergenerational wisdom, lineages and hold new traditions. 

  • We lead with honoring the intergenerational wisdom, cultural practices, and holistic support of our communities 

  • We celebrate the richness of hxstory, intergenerational wisdom, cultural practices, and holistic support of our communities passed down from generation to generation 

  • We celebrate knowledge and practices passed down from generation to generation 

  • We honor the strong lineage we come from. 

  • We thank our ancestors and work with the remembrance of our gifts and power.


Principle 4: Healing Justice means we acknowledge the roots of trauma, violence, oppression experienced across generations, and work to repair the wounds it left behind. 

  • Individual and collective care are crucial to our liberation : Taking care of ourselves to be able to care for others

  • We center those most impacted; our Black, Indigenous, Native, Disabled, QTPOC relatives

  • Recognizing the ways historical trauma and structural violence have caused harm, grief, crisis, trauma and further cycles of violence for oppressed peoples. (National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network)


Principle 5: Healing Justice means opening up a pathway to our collective liberation, envisioning a future of joy, love and infinite possibilities. 

  • Rooted in expansiveness, vibrancy, and honors the practice of fullness

  • A world where we can dream up, imagine, and experience freedom

  • Honors our inherent ability to heal and the specific legacy of resistance and resilience of queer and trans people of color.

  • It requires that we constantly re-imagine what is possible regarding our healing, safety, sustainability, and fortification. 




Below are some resources should they serve you. Thank you to everyone for sharing. 


Healing Resources for the times: From Resilient Strategies, Training for Change, Generative Somatics & Movement 4 Black Lives 
















IG pages to follow: 



  • Mi Jente - LA cura podcast - has grounding meditations and short guided  meditations centered around latinx communities 

  • A Little Juju podcast - A Little Juju Podcast celebrates the rapidly growing return of black folk reclaiming their indigenous spiritual practices, while creating a space for us to laugh, question, and re-commit ourselves to liberation through the ancestral tools given to us. Because unlike f-bois, the ancestors always call us back.

  • Finding our way podcast by Prentis Hemphill 

  • Emergent Strategy Podcast - Adrienne, Hope , Sage 



Writings, Podcasts, and Videos

  • MAJOR! - a documentary that explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years

  • A Guide to Non-Police Mental Health Crisis Responses - written by Mimi E. Kim, Megyung Chung, Shira Hassan, and Andrea J. Ritchie with contributions by many more - Visit Interrupting Criminalization's website which published this piece. Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action is an initiative at the BCRW Social Justice Institute led by researchers Woods Ervin, Mariame Kaba, and Andrea J. Ritchie. The project aims to interrupt and end the growing criminalization and incarceration of women and LGBTQ people of color for criminalized acts related to public order, poverty, child welfare, drug use, survival and self-defense, including criminalization and incarceration of survivors of violence.