Monday May 11th, in the third month of this pandemic, KPFA Radio’s Women’s Magazine brings you the voices of people who are responding to this pandemic with both healing and vital information. One such local Organization we are blessed to help support us in these trying times is Thrive East Bay which is a new kind of community offering a space for diverse people seeking meaning and connection. Thrive combines ancient wisdom and modern thought to address our secular and spiritual cultures need for purpose and interconnectedness, thru art, music, and a focus on social change. We will talk to one of Thrive East Bay’s founding members, Aryeh Shell in the second half of our show.
In the first half hour, as part of our on going series From Moana Nui to California; Indigenous Stories of Land hosted by Dr Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, we present part of an ongoing panel discussion presented by Sogorea Te Land Trust, called the “Seeding Hope Speaker Series” featuring some of the organizers, cultural workers, farmers, activists, matriarchs, scholars, youth, and elders whose work gives us inspiration. They talk to Dr. Kalamaoka’aina Niheu, MD, a Kanaka Maoli/ Native Hawaiin physician, co-founder of the Standing Rock Medic Healer’s Council, and Manua Kea Medics and Dr. Rupa Mayra, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition in conversation about their front-line, Covid-19 pandemic work with Bay Area and Indigenous communities. In addition, these experts will talk about the importance of environmental, climate and land justice and honoring Indigenous cultural practices for creating health and wellness and they offer directions that can help us to reimagine health and wellness through practices of Indigenous self–determination for our families and communities. Cultural Song offering by Aurora Mamea.