Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Last February 2 Saturday, Kinaiyahan Unahon Collective organized a forum entitled “Global Cultural Paradigm Shift: A Multiplicity of Perspective”. It was attended by people from different backgrounds and organizations. Participants were composed of musicians, alternative health practitioners, students, artists, community organizers and activists.
Among those who shared ideas and experiences are volunteers from Mindset Breaker Distro, Sharing Garden, and KU Free School Project which explores subjects such as Astronomy; Integral Ecology; Spiral Dynamics; Egalitarian Space Sharing; Philippine Mining Matrix; Earth Science; Conflict Analysis; Film Deconstruction; Integral Psychology; and Fighting Arts.
The forum went smoothly for four hours discussing issues about different movement, initiatives, community projects, social infrastructure that addresses crisis and solutions for ecology, psychology and society. It also explored different approaches by different organizations aiming for sustainability and positive community transformation which emphasizes practical and effective actions such as permaculture, intentional community, clean energy, organic farming, community supported agriculture, social centers and community library, etc...
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Last January 14 and 21, we had a reading session at the KU Social Center with the book entitled “Witches, Nurses, and Midwives: A history of women healers”. It is first published by The Feminist Press in 1973; an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter that delves into the current fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing our fears and fantasies. They build on their classic exposé on the demonization of women healers and the political and economic monopolization of medicine. This quick history brings us up-to-date, exploring today's changing attitudes toward childbirth, alternative medicine, and modern-day witches (from Amazon).
Ten participants sincerely listened and shared their perspectives about the topic. During the session, we also discussed many points related to our current local health system and how it needs to be changed. Some participants were also enlightened on the issues and the myth surrounding witch craft and women as healers.
If you want to download the pdf version of the said book, please download it from here:
Together with friends/volunteers from Manila and Cavite (Luzon), our collective (kinaiyahan unahon) conducted a zine making workshop last January 26 at the KU social center. Among those who participated were two members of the local dub-poetry band Free Humanity (rolly and raine), who also help us in many of our projects. The event lasted for 4 hours with discussions, food and performances.
During the workshop, all of us were very motivated for a collaboration. We agreed to make a small zine together as a remembrance (or product) for that wonderful activity. Because of this, we would like to thank all of our friends for this very meaningful day!
We are looking forward to see them again this coming month of March for the 3-day convention in Manila.