Healing Histories Project

Who we are:

We are healers, medical practitioners, organizers, media makers, cultural and memory workers who believe that all deserve care and support during times of crisis, vulnerability & resistance. We come together to inform and shape a vision for collective care and safety while integrating models of wellness that seek to transform and intervene on medical violence, harms, and abuses rooted in racism and capitalism. We are engaging individuals, communities and institutions to remember these abuses and harms by catalyzing research, action and movement-building strategies. We do this through the creation of popular education tools, workshop curriculum, cultural and political events and more. 

The Healing Histories Project works in solidarity with many health and healing practitioners/workers by holding with dignity and respect the lives and communities they care for and by disrupting abuses of the state.  The release of this COVID-19 Timeline is our first offering.

More about the co-visionaries of this project:  Anjali Taneja, Cara Page, and Susan Raffo, first met as organizers and practitioners in 2009, working towards the US Social Forum in Detroit in 2010. We were a core part of a larger team co-led by us and the Kindred Healing Justice Collective in partnership with Project South, EMEAC and others. Our team built and then held the health and healing justice practice space and the Healing Justice and Liberation People’s Movement Assembly (PMA). The PMA was a strategic gathering of healers, health care workers, organizers and cultural workers who came together to look at the conditions of our people and the opportunities for transformation. Anjali was also involved with the medical response team which worked closely with the health and healing justice teams. Our timeline began at the People’s Movement Assembly. After the Forum, the three of us decided to keep studying and learning together and to continue building the timeline as the focus of our learning. 

Susan Raffo is a writer, cultural worker and bodyworker (craniosacral therapy, Global Somatics, massage, NARM, and more). She believes in the culture change approach to how bodies heal: supporting the slow speed of healing that supports the shifting or integrating of deeply held, often generational and historical patterns that show up as pain, anxiety, stress, and disconnectedness. Locally, Raffo is part of REP, a Black-led community-based crisis response model rooted in relationships and solidarity, supported by technology and training, that is grounded in the belief that we have the ability to love and protect one another without giving our agency to systems built to destroy, consume or commodify us.  Author of Queerly Classed (1997) and Restricted Access (1999), Raffo now writes through her website. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her beloved family and friends but you can most easily find her at www.susanraffo.com.   Instagram: @raffosusan

Cara Page is a Black Queer Feminist cultural/memory worker, curator, and organizer. For the past 30+ years, she has organized with LGBTQTSGNCI, Black, People of Color & Indigenous liberation movements in the US & Global South at the intersections of racial, gender & economic justice, healing justice and transformative justice.  She is founding Director of Changing Frequencies; an archival, memory & cultural change project seeking to transform generational trauma from the Medical Industrial Complex. Cara is the former ED of The Audre Lorde Project, and the former National Coordinator of the Committee on Women, Population & the Environment. She is also one of the architects of healing justice as a founding member of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective. Cara was a recipient of the OSF Soros Equality Fellowship (2019-2020) and is an ‘Activist in Residence’ at the Barnard Research Center for Women. (https://carapage.co)   Instagram: @changingfrequencies

Anjali Taneja MD MPH is a family physician, organizer, and DJ with two decades of experience in organizing health workers to intervene on the medical industrial complex, while also imagining and building new systems of care. She is the Executive Director of Casa de Salud (@casadesaludnm), a culturally humble and anti-racist model of care that integrates primary care, integrative care, and harm reduction for uninsured, immigrant, and marginalized communities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Casa engages in community organizing, building power with community, and runs an innovative health apprenticeship program for primarily young people of color, to prepare them for careers in health/healing. Anjali also works in a rural emergency room on the Navajo Nation. She co-founded CureThis, an online space for connecting health workers and others passionate about health and healing.   Twitter: @losanjalis // Instagram: @losanjalis

Work we have created together

Fortification COVID-19 edition. Fortification COVID-19 Edition is a conversation the three of us had with multiple guests in April, 2020, curated and hosted by Caitlin Breedlove and grounded in our evolving spiritual mandate in and beyond COVID-19. These episodes are centered in the experiences of resistance and abolitionism in response to the colonization and policing of People of Color and Indigenous communities; Queer and Trans; and people with disabilities in the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC). It introduces listeners to the histories that led to this moment as well as the present time expression and future visions needed to transform and intervene on the MIC. Full information and  bios and discussion guide for each episode included in main website. Guests include Talila Lewis, Francisca Porchas Coronado, Dr. Michelle Morse, Professor Jack Tchen, Shira Hassan and Erica Woodland. Episodes without additional information are also available through I-Tunes, Spotify, Stitcher and GooglePlay. 

Abolition in COVID times: A second curation in August 2020, focusing specifically on the relationship between healing justice and transformative justice. This conversation features co-hosts Cara Page and Caitlin Breedlove in conversation with organizers Shira Hassan, Mia Mingus and Sonali Sadequee. The conversation came out of the urgency of Black Lives Matter uprisings in Minneapolis, and across the US, to respond to the police murder of George Floyd and this moment of movement building to interrupt white supremacy, policing & state violence, and anti-Blackness. This podcast was curated by the three of us with Cara on voice-lead.

Anjali Taneja, Cara Page and Susan Raffo embracing after a working retreat together in NYC

Anjali Taneja, Cara Page, and Susan Raffo in NYC