Taking Back Our Joy

is creating empowerment & self-advocacy for womxn, femmes, and NB BIPOC

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Welcome to my Patreon community, created specifically for people who identify as womxn, femmes, non-binary/gender non-conforming BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour). 

I'm Carla McVittie, a Filipinx, cis-gender queer immigrant womxn living life in the nation known as Canada. My pronouns are she/her/siya (Tagalog non-gender specific pronoun). 

In late Spring of 2018, a part of me that had lay dormant and repressed cracked wide open thanks to the cumulative effect of witnessing and experiencing systemic oppression throughout my entire life. My anxiety disorder had resurfaced, and during a particularly intense panic attack, I called a crisis line for support. After I had shared my story with the counselor on the other line, this person gave me a powerful message. They explained that Western modes of healing place the onus on the individual to recover, which very much echoed my own experience with mental health support over the years. They then went on to advise looking to Indigenous ways of healing, which takes place on a community level. Healing does not have to be a lonely place. It was a beautiful reminder that we are all in this together. Even more affirming was the fact that I had planned to attend a Powwow that day. 

Since then, I've found ways to take back the joy that was robbed from me. Since then, I've found safety, healing, and empowerment in communities focused on equity, anti-oppression, collective liberation, and decolonization. Since then, I've re-membered and gotten to know parts of myself that had lain hidden away as a means of survival. I now know that my healing journey is life long, and my new path in life is one fraught with resistance. But once you open your eyes to the real truths about the systemic and societal forces that harm those of us in the margins, it's impossible to shut them closed again. 

As I navigate my own healing journey, I call upon others to join me and explore what healing from pain and harm looks like for each of us. Join me in collectively Taking Back Our Joy. 

What you can expect as a patron:
  • Personal stories of my experiences navigating racism, misogyny, classicism, colonization, decolonization, mental health, the immigrant experience, the patriarchy, white supremacy, and other harmful systems of oppression.
  • Resources that have helped me understand concepts and issues within the social justice movement and the anti-oppression framework, and sharing the work that I am doing to dismantle the internalized oppression that I hold. 
  • Ways that I have found to help me empower and advocate for myself within these oppressive systems. 
  • Guided community discussion on what all of the above can look like in your life as a womxn, femme, NB or GNC BIPOC. 
Your contribution:
  • As a patron, you will have access to all of the above regardless of what tier you choose. Tiers start at as little as $1 USD. My goal is to make this community accessible to anyone who needs it. If you are a Black or Indigenous person, feel free to send me a message to inquire about accessing the community for free. 
  • As a patron, your contribution will help me access resources to expand my work in Taking Back Our Joy, such as attending important relevant events and workshops in the social justice and anti-oppression space, or paying it forward to other writers and educators for their work. 
  • Your contribution helps to support the volunteer work that I do for organizations in the LGBTQ, Filipinx, and homeless womxn's sectors within my local community. 
  • Your contribution, in any amount, is much appreciated and sincerely honored. 
I look forward to having you join our community. 

“When we liberate ourselves from the expectation that we must have all things figured out, we enter a sanctuary of empathy.”
― Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
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In reaching my first goal of $300, I'll be able to fund an upcoming trip to Montreal for the Pinay Power II Conference where I will be participating as a presenter. 
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Welcome to my Patreon community, created specifically for people who identify as womxn, femmes, non-binary/gender non-conforming BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour). 

I'm Carla McVittie, a Filipinx, cis-gender queer immigrant womxn living life in the nation known as Canada. My pronouns are she/her/siya (Tagalog non-gender specific pronoun). 

In late Spring of 2018, a part of me that had lay dormant and repressed cracked wide open thanks to the cumulative effect of witnessing and experiencing systemic oppression throughout my entire life. My anxiety disorder had resurfaced, and during a particularly intense panic attack, I called a crisis line for support. After I had shared my story with the counselor on the other line, this person gave me a powerful message. They explained that Western modes of healing place the onus on the individual to recover, which very much echoed my own experience with mental health support over the years. They then went on to advise looking to Indigenous ways of healing, which takes place on a community level. Healing does not have to be a lonely place. It was a beautiful reminder that we are all in this together. Even more affirming was the fact that I had planned to attend a Powwow that day. 

Since then, I've found ways to take back the joy that was robbed from me. Since then, I've found safety, healing, and empowerment in communities focused on equity, anti-oppression, collective liberation, and decolonization. Since then, I've re-membered and gotten to know parts of myself that had lain hidden away as a means of survival. I now know that my healing journey is life long, and my new path in life is one fraught with resistance. But once you open your eyes to the real truths about the systemic and societal forces that harm those of us in the margins, it's impossible to shut them closed again. 

As I navigate my own healing journey, I call upon others to join me and explore what healing from pain and harm looks like for each of us. Join me in collectively Taking Back Our Joy. 

What you can expect as a patron:
  • Personal stories of my experiences navigating racism, misogyny, classicism, colonization, decolonization, mental health, the immigrant experience, the patriarchy, white supremacy, and other harmful systems of oppression.
  • Resources that have helped me understand concepts and issues within the social justice movement and the anti-oppression framework, and sharing the work that I am doing to dismantle the internalized oppression that I hold. 
  • Ways that I have found to help me empower and advocate for myself within these oppressive systems. 
  • Guided community discussion on what all of the above can look like in your life as a womxn, femme, NB or GNC BIPOC. 
Your contribution:
  • As a patron, you will have access to all of the above regardless of what tier you choose. Tiers start at as little as $1 USD. My goal is to make this community accessible to anyone who needs it. If you are a Black or Indigenous person, feel free to send me a message to inquire about accessing the community for free. 
  • As a patron, your contribution will help me access resources to expand my work in Taking Back Our Joy, such as attending important relevant events and workshops in the social justice and anti-oppression space, or paying it forward to other writers and educators for their work. 
  • Your contribution helps to support the volunteer work that I do for organizations in the LGBTQ, Filipinx, and homeless womxn's sectors within my local community. 
  • Your contribution, in any amount, is much appreciated and sincerely honored. 
I look forward to having you join our community. 

“When we liberate ourselves from the expectation that we must have all things figured out, we enter a sanctuary of empathy.”
― Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

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