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Learn about the history of capitalism, neurodecolonization, and all the captivating information that Aliko share's in his body of work "Returning to our Houses of Magic" 

Returning to Our Houses of Magic 

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The Book on Fire Podcast (Caliban and the Witch) Chapters 1-6

Prepare to be immersed in the journey through "Caliban and the Witch" by Sylvia Federici. You are weaved through an extraordinary tapestry of narrative, and commentary unraveling the very essence of capitalism's historical dance with primitive accumulation. This podcast is your gateway to an intellectual odyssey that will reshape your understanding of our world.

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Caliban and the Witch

by Sylvia Federici

A profound exploration of capitalism's symbiotic relationship with women. Delve into the heart of this captivating narrative as it reveals the staggering truth – that women are the linchpins of capitalism, birthing its most precious asset: human labor. With meticulous depth, the book unwraps the intricate history of capitalism, offering a transformative perspective that will forever reshape your understanding of history, sociology and economics.

Lecture

Dr. Michael Yellowbird | Neurodecolonization

This Lecture is brought to you by Professor Michael Yellowbird, an indigenous researcher out of the University of Manitoba. In this Lecture he shares his studies on neuro - decolonization and the 10 practices that scientifically heals the brain from the impacts of capitalism.  

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Restoring the Kinship Worldview by By Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and Darcia Narvaez, PhD

"Restoring the Kinship Worldview" is a profound exploration deeply rooted in Indigenous wisdom. This visionary work embraces the sacred interconnectedness of all life forms, weaving a tapestry of reverence and sentience. With a heart-centered approach, it champions equal rights and responsibilities, inviting us to honor ancient wisdom and foster a harmonious coexistence with the world around us.

Essay

Politics, Trauma and Empathy: Breakthrough to a politics of the heart?

This is an incredible article that dives deep into the current state of our world in relationship to modern day socio-emotional states of being, healing and understanding trauma. Schonveld gives direct applications in response to the current state of the world through emotional awareness, empathy and well being. 

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The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmer

In her enlightening essay, Robin Wall Kimmerer explores harvesting serviceberries alongside birds, delving into the reciprocity central to the gift economy. She channels Indigenous wisdom and ecological insights to challenge our conventional understanding of exchange. Through her poignant reflection, Kimmerer prompts us to reimagine currencies of exchange by embracing nature's rhythms and the profound principle of give-and-take.

I have been shaped by many brilliant educators who came before me

My Teachers

Raine Crow is an Oregon based scholar who founded the Village Mystery School. Aliko was first introduced to this body of work from her infamous class 'The Burning Times Never Ended' 

Nancy Babienko

The late Nancy Babienko, affectionately known as "Babs," was Aliko's mentor for both sophomore and senior AP Language and AP Literature classes. Aside from her high school role, Babs was a renowned professor of German Literature at NYU. Her dedication to teaching at the high school level aimed to shape young lives early. From film analysis to exploring complex concepts like Sisyphus and rhetorical analysis, Babs deeply influenced Aliko. She ignited his love for learning, languages, and intricate systems, leaving an enduring impact that extended well beyond the classroom.

Prudence Hockley

Prodence Hockley, who sadly passed away, was Aliko's high school English teacher during his junior year. Comparable in impact to Babs, Hockley introduced Aliko to literature's profound capacity as both a spiritual and existential instrument, enabling him to scrutinize systems of oppression and foster resilience. Tragically, Hockley's life was cut short on Christmas day during the year when Aliko was under her guidance. Nevertheless, Hockley indelibly molded Aliko's perception of writing as a revolutionary tool, leaving an enduring imprint on his outlook.

Aaron Johnson (he/him) is an earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, the tools he frequently uses are speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking. Aaron was Aliko's mentor for a time and brought Aliko into the reality of the systems of oppression he, and many others are surviving moment by moment. Aliko and Aaron continue to circle in the same circles and support one another and each others work. 

Annika is a visionary leader who turned personal challenges into a passion for societal change. She studies human culture, psychology, and community dynamics, applying this knowledge to successful entrepreneurial ventures. Now, she shares her wisdom to help others create meaningful change.

For Aliko, Annika was not just a leader but a transformative mentor. She was the first person to introduce him to the depth of somatics and human ecosystems, profoundly impacting his understanding and approach to personal growth and community building. Her guidance continues to inspire and shape his journey towards positive change.

Lux, a non-binary individual of German and mixed European heritage, holds the belief that cultural transformation occurs within and alongside us. Their mission revolves around assisting individuals in nurturing authentic and emancipated connections with both themselves and others, fostering a world characterized by love, unity, and equity.

Lux's impact on Aliko's perspective, interactions, and conscientious approach to the world has been monumental. Through their teachings, Lux has sculpted Aliko's daily existence, guiding his interactions with himself, others, and the environment, and molding his worldview in a way that reverberates through every facet of his life.

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