The Bear: Courage The Mantra: I Feel
The Programs: Harm Reduction & Sex Workers Rights
The Teaching: The bear shows us how to live a balanced life where there is a time to be playful, a time to rest, and a time to be assertive and courageous. The bear is always there to offer that spirit of courage. We seek the strength and courage to face our greatest enemy, ourselves. Whether it’s a challenge or overcoming your fears, keeping your faith in a difficult time is one of the most courageous acts you can commit to. Sometimes courage is just getting out of bed in the morning. Courage does not mean that you are never fearless. It is choosing to do what needs to be done, even when you are afraid. Being courageous is also choosing not to be reckless and facing up to difficult responsibilities.
Application & Leadership:
We have assigned Courage to Harm Reduction & Sex Workers Rights because it is courageous to demand body autonomy. Courage is a daily practice for this community.
” Mitakuye Oyasin” is Lakota for “All are related”. It is the idea that all living things are connected and cannot thrive without each other. We believe that all humans are of value. Other organizations often refuse to work directly with sex workers or the justice-involved communities they claim to support. We cannot support harm reduction without uplifting the voices of those who are directly impacted. Our leadership is made up of those whose lived experiences reflect the work that we do. We are all one, united by courage.
Partnership Collaboration Programming:
- TGNCI/LGBQA+ safety training & self-defense
- Sex Workers Defense
- HIV/STI Support Services
- Preventative Care
- Rehabilitation Services
- Peer Support Programing
- TGNCI/LGBQA+ Youth Intervention