In the coming weeks, I’m going to be taking some time off writing; however, I don’t want to stop providing you folks with content so this week, I’m featuring a revamped version of a blog post I wrote just over a year ago. Originally titled, “We Need More Healers,” this post is about one of four commonly cited social justice activist roles and why this under-appreciated job is so important. The post has been updated to my current standards and you can still read it at the same URL as before.
“Because marginalized people benefit from emotional labor performed by people who are not constantly worn out from fighting, the job of the healer is perfect for a person who has a relatively large amount of privilege but is inexperienced or intimidated by the process of activism. If you have looked at your friends who are highly involved in social justice and thought, “Wow, I could never do that,” but you also badly want to contribute to their cause, a healer might be the perfect role for you. Here are six examples of what taking on that role could look like.”
About the writer: Kella Hanna-Wayne is the creator, editor, and main writer for Yopp. In addition to creating a collection of educational resources for social justice, she works as a freelance writer specializing in content about her experience with disability, chronic illness, mental health, and trauma. Her work has been published in Ms. Magazine blog, The BeZine, Betty’s Battleground, and Splain You a Thing. You can find her @KellaHannaWayne on Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and Instagram.