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Organizing as Healing, Healing as Revolution with Tonja Honsey

9:00 am – 10:45 am @ SpringHouse Ministry Center (610 W. 28th St., Mpls)


Tonja Honsey is an Indigenous woman, a revolutionary mother, an incarceration survivor, and a community healer. Tonja knows that we cannot make our way to liberation by replicating the patterns of our oppressors, and she asks us to imagine a world where liberation becomes possible in the here and now. As the leader of the We Rise Collective, and as a founding member of the Sprouting Brith Collective, Tonja has built a vibrant and necessary coalition of people and organizations who are ready to resist the violence and devastation of incarceration in our communities both locally and nationally. In all off her work, Tonja challenges us to bring healing justice into the heart of resistance-based organizing, asking what it would take to, for example, end the incarceration of people experiencing  pregnancy, and to do so in our lifetimes.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Tonja for our next KaleoExpress, and we are so excited to learn from her humor, passion, and brilliance. Please join us on Wednesday, January 23rd from 9a.m. – 10:45a.m. at Springhouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th St. MPLS for an interactive workshop and community conversation with Tonja about how we can use organizing as a form of healing, and about how we can practice healing as a form of revolution. The event is free and open to all – please spread the word and bring your friends. We’ll have coffee, bagels, treats, and good company starting at 8:30a.m.

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About the speaker
Tonja Honsey has worked in community as a grassroots organizer for over 15 years. She uses her lived experience to advocate for the change that is needed to restore our communities from the trauma of mass incarceration. Most recently she has partnered with multiple organizations including MN Prison Doula Project, American Indian Prison Project Working Group, and Minnesota Freedom Fund. She has facilitated trainings and been a guest speaker on a national level. Her passion and love for the community and people has been her motivation to carry this as her life’s work.
She currently sit on the Board of Directors of Southside Harm Reduction. She also is numerous committees including The MN DOC Civil Engagement Committee, The Advisory Task Force of Justice Involved Women & Girls Tonja was named one of the 2018 Community Equity Pipeline Fellows through The Wilder Foundation, a policy & advocacy focused fellowship for people of color.
The heart of Tonja’s work is to fight for women and their children who are experiencing or have experienced incarceration. She is doing this through her role as the MN Doula Prison Project Leadership Circle. She is a member of the Sprouting Birth Folks Collective, where she was able to organize and obtain funding for a IBPOC & formerly incarcerated focused doula training.

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