Arz Libnan

Written by, Layla Kristy Feghali Arz Libnan- Lebanese Cedar, Cedrus Libnani I was going through a difficult life transition and facing a time of deep personal sorrow and grief when I visited Lebanon several years back.  Lebanon being a kind of chaotic space in the urban areas where my family lives, I made an escape…

Our Plantcestars: Starting our materia medica archive

In times of intensified crisis, trauma, and violence throughout the SWANA region and across the global south and many of our diasporic homes from Fergeson, Missouri to Los Angeles, Detroit, and beyond, it is necessary to keep our spirits and bodies strong. Our ancestral medicines and lands provide powerful natural allies who have helped us to heal and sustain ourselves amidst troubles of heart, body, and spirit throughout the ages, including through times of political strife. As our kin back home struggle for the very right to live and survive in basic dignity, I hope that invoking and re-membering the knowledge of our native plantcestors and original ways can be a part of the insistence and strengthening power that we and our ways will not ever be defeated nor effaced. I hope that these medicines can reinforce us as we reaffirm our rights and sustain and care for ourselves and

Making Liberation Whole: Legacies of healing in times of genocide

* A couple of significant reference notes: * It was reminded today by a close kin and political mentor of mine that the terminology of “Natural Law” was used by colonialist to justify slavery and other similarly abhorrent acts of exploitation and oppression. This was drawn to my attention AFTER the writing of this piece. It is necessary…