MY NAME IS AURORA LEVINS MORALES. WELCOME TO MY ONLINE HOME.
I'm a writer, an artist, a historian, a teacher and mentor. I'm a also an activist, a healer, a revolutionary. I tell stories with medicinal powers. Herbalists who collect wild plants to make medicine call it wildcrafting. I wildcraft the details of the world, of history, of people's lives, and concentrate them through art in order to shift consciousness, to change how we think about ourselves, each other and the world. The stories we tell about our lives shape what we're able to imagine, and what we can imagine determines what we can do. My job is to change the stories we tell and help us imagine a world where greed has no power, the earth is cherished and all people get to live safe and satisfying lives. Because once we truly imagine it, the pull to create it becomes irresistible. Read more...
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The Vehicle for Change: A Safe Home for an Activist Poet
We did it! The Vehicle for Change, my 32 foot non-toxic and sustainable mobile home is finished and solar powered and I am about to begin my journey across the United States. You can read more about the Vehicle itself here. I have two blogs on this site. My main blog with commentaries on many topics, and my new travel blog. Finally, my radio blog, Letters from Earth, began airing September 15, 2016 on Flashpoints, on Pacifica radio.
Support the Protectors of the Waters at Standing Rock
The gathering of tribes at Standing Rock, to defend the waters of the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline, is the kind of unified indigenous resistance that has not been seen in North America since the days of Tecumseh. Our beloved sisters, brothers, siblings are facing attacks by dogs, demolition of sacred burial sites, arrests without bail, G4S, a notoriously abusive private security firm, and national guard troops armed with assault weapons. They are also facing media blackouts, with Facebook censoring live feeds and videos from the site. This is a historic moment, and we need to rise to meet it. In early October, I delivered four dozen solar lanterns to help light the camp without batteries. I also pulled together a group of experienced anti-racism and indigenous solidarity organizers and trainers, and together we created training materials and orientations for non-Native allies coming to Standing Rock.
(not so) RECENT BLOG POSTS
September: Letters from Earth is live!
Letter #1 was broadcast on September 15 along with an interview with me and two poems, on Flashpoints
July: V'ahavta was my poem on our responsibility to keep imagining that another world is in fact possible, even in the face of horrors like the Orlando massacre.
August: Dick and Jane: A Solidarity Primer was my tribute to two white USers who threw their hearts into the liberation struggle of Puerto Rico: my father, and an Alabama communist named Jane Speed.