Jada here. I’m working with my loved ones at Youth Speaks and Tatu on “holding emotional space”. One way we found to do that is through hanging signs which maintain culture and/or community agreements.
We find it important to speak life with intention by using affirmative language.
Instead of “no [this]” “anti-[that]” we’d say “pro [this]” “support [that]” for example.
I think this is SO important to positively frame statements because our words create worlds and our spelling casts spells.
Below is a list of affirmative phrase remixes.
*Before the affirmative reframe – After the affirmative reframe.*
No toxic masculinity – Support healthy masculinity
No anti-blackness – Celebrate blackness
No racism – Embrace color
Fight the system – Build the family
No interruptions – Cultivate deep listening
No homophobia – All love is valid
No body shaming – Respect everybody by respecting every body
No justice no peace – Peace and Justice Now
No appropriation – Learn about cultural boundaries
No xenophobia – Honor all identities and backgrounds
No sexualization – Personal Space Always / Treat everyone as a survivor
Don’t be close-minded – Be open-minded
F$%^ the government – Community love first
No ableism – Respect all abilities / Ask before assuming support
No personal attacks – Personal check-ins are welcome upon consent
Don’t take up too much space – Step up, Step back / Welcome other voices