Name: Abeni Jones
Bio: Abeni is a multiracial trans woman educator, workshop facilitator, artist, graphic designer, and writer based in the Bay Area.
Workshop: How to Take Care of Each Other: Community Care in Times of Crisis
This workshop acknowledges that mainstream rhetoric around self-care is often ableist and can be alienating for marginalized people (such as LGBTQI, immigrant, low-income, and/or disabled communities and communities of color, who often don’t have access to the kinds of things self-care articles usually suggest or the money to take advantage of them). It also recognizes the political need for marginalized people to build support networks within our own communities, as the State (police, health care systems, schools, welfare systems, etc) has never genuinely cared for or protected us and cannot be relied on. The workshop is based on this series of articles I wrote (link and link), and seeks to provide practical tools and strategies for building interpersonal communities of care.