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Place Justice 101: Making, Taking and Keeping Place

October 24, 2023 @ 11:00 AM 1:00 PM CDT

Place Justice 101: Making, Taking and Keeping Place

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

  • Pacific: 9-11am
  • Mountain: 10am-12pm
  • Central: 11am-1pm
  • Eastern: 12-2pm

Join place justice facilitator, artist and educator ridhi d’cruz on a journey of designing justice at the intersections of healing, creativity and place.

About the event

“Place” is not a neutral concept. It is simultaneously a physical, social and metaphysical location and one that is inherently political. To varying degrees, we all shape and are shaped by the places we inhabit. 

During this session, we will explore what place means to us and how we can be in the practice of making, taking and keeping places for justice and liberation. We will begin with building a foundation for this practice by unpacking why place justice is important. We will then move into a meditation on place, followed by a discussion in pairs and in the larger group to unpack, disentangle and clarify our relationship to place an dhow we can make, take, and keep place in liberatory ways.

Join us for this 2-hour workshop to daylight some key themes we will explore in more depth in an upcoming 5-week course, Reclaiming Permaculture & Placemaking for Liberation (dates TBA).

In this webinar, we’ll explore the following themes as it relates to place:

  • Belonging
  • Inter-being
  • Healing

About your presenter

Ridhi D’Cruz

Ridhi (they/them) is a gender queer, neurospicy Malayali who grew up in the city of Bangalore in southern India and moved to the unceded lands of the Chinook people (Portland, OR) in 2010 to pursue a graduate program in sociocultural and applied anthropology. Trained as a journalist and anthropologist, they fondly identify as a learner, facilitator and artist. Their life artistry roots at the intersections of place, healing, design and creativity. They have dedicated over a decade of their life to working with communities to cultivate liberatory processes, projects and places that enrich our belonging to ourselves, to Land and to each other. They strive to honor and benefit the original peoples as well as their sacred and stolen lands with whom they are deepening relationship with.

Ridhi has been cultivating a place justice practice for over a decade on Chinook lands. Beyond being a co-facilitator and council member of Moon & Mirror Apprenticeship Program since 2020, they are involved in various aligned initiatives including being a nature educator and adventure guide with and for QT/BIPOC community through Wild Diversity since 2022. They have also been curating collaborative place justice installations with memory activists – Vanport Mosaic. Ridhi also humbly supports the urban Indigenous community involved at the Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park and the Justice for Justice for Keaton Otis Memorial Art Project.

More recently, Ridhi has begun organizing with the Oregon Caste Abolition Collective and is working on a BIPOC Collective Oracle Deck through their core residency at Stelo Arts. After a decade in the field as an urban Permaculture practitioner & educator through their previous work at City Repair Project, Ridhi completed their Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) program and the Permaculture Teacher Training (PTT) hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives in 2023 and is excited to be returning to organizing their homelands. They hope to continue to root into the fertile soil of climate justice and caste abolition work in the lands now called India.


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