What makes The Remedy Club valuable to you?
Providing a platform for discussions about access in relation to identity is a great first step in addressing economic inequality. I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to speak from my own perspective and share my thoughts.
How can we make The Remedy Club as valuable as possible to others?
Make sure that people of color and minority populations have equal representation in your panels and that your events are bringing in an equally diverse crowd. Archiving episodes and sharing videos of the events make so that people can also watch them in the future for free in the event they aren’t able to make it to this panel.
Does the approach of “one versus the other” (inclusion versus exclusion, power versus access, identity versus culture, media versus fear, etc.) make sense to you? Are there alternative ways available to us to effectively discuss dismantling these constructs and tackling these issues?
In certain regards, speaking about “one versus the other” is effective but it has to be done so carefully. With the included examples, the idea of inclusion versus exclusion is clearly opposing however I would not be comfortable using the example of identity versus culture since these are actually closely related in my experience. When discussing systems of oppression and how to dismantle them, it’s less about one versus the other and more about understanding the varying levels in which people are affected by these systems (i.e. intersectionality.) Understanding the general sentiment of “oppressor versus oppressed” is necessary but realizing that the oppressed come in infinite forms must come next in moving these discussions forward.
One phrase of advice.
Question your own beliefs! Also, listen.
Have a listen to Emilly Prado talk with Hatch’s Director of Events, Jess DeNoto, as they explore the intersection of feminist identity, race, class, gender and popular culture here: Feminism and Justice for All on Hatch the Future podcast