|New diversity statement||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Juliette Corazón (jrcorazon22gmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:30:42 -0700 (PDT)|
Ditto to what Crystal and Carol said, and thank you, ladies, for saying it. I am another person of color and a lesbian (please note: many despise the "M word") on this list. Others, I appreciate you are trying to learn, so I encourage you to pipe down and take note to what they are saying. You are being offered precious and practical feedback on how to build a healthier and more just community. I love cohousing - have been involved on and off since 1992 - and have lived in cohousing since 2009. There are pieces of it that feel like home to me - like some aspects of neighborhood life in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico when I was growing up: strong communal sensibility and working together, some sharing of resources and caring for neighbors. I carried that over into my communal lesbian households - mostly with white women- as a young person. Those of us fortunate enough to have experience with community-oriented environments don't have to be sold on cohousing as a new concept. Telling stories about your community experiences will resonate with us. When searching for a community, I needed a place where I knew I could express the many different facets of me, be respected as a whole person, and have allies to help me deal with or run interference on the occasional stupid comment. ( Thank you, T in Oregon.) Please note that we come from many belief systems and backgrounds . Just because the census may label us in a category doesn't mean we are all the same, any more than white or straight people are. Most of my middle-class and mixed race family lives far away, and I am not a church person. BTW, my family loves to visit my community, too. Juliette Corazón EcoVillage at Ithaca Which has a small and growing presence of Asian and Asian-American, African-American, Latina/o, LGBT and disabled folk within an intergenerational, mostly middle-class community of interesting, generous, creative and active human beings in upstate New York :) Sent from my phone
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