hello

I—Luna (she/they)—am a white settler living on unceded Anishinaabe territories of Odawa, Bodéwadmiké (Potawatomi), and Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox) people also known as Southern Michigan. I am an abolitionist, a geek, a creative, and an aquarius sun & cancer moon. I like to snuggle up on the couch to watch birds, play with dogs, and watch or read sci-fi/fantasy + spec fic. I live with depression and chronic pain. I live for my friends (canine + human), long hikes, the sun shining through the trees during the golden hour, the moon, and better worlds. 

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Experience

I am and always will be a community organizer. I have been engaged in community organizing related to intersecting struggles of liberation and alternatives to criminalization since 2012. ​The most valuable knowledge and experience of my life has come from community organizers, struggling toward social transformation with care and imagination. 

In terms of economics, I have been a freelance editor, a waitress, a barista, a receptionist, a health data coordinator, a non-profit worker, a mediator, and (for a brief and unbearable stint) an executive assistant at a tech company.

 

In terms of conflict, I've been writing publicly about and counseling folks about conflict since 2018, but began studying Transformative Justice (TJ) around 2013 through the Creative Interventions Toolkit and resources provided by Generation 5,  INCITE!, Mariame Kaba, and Mia Mingus. TJ was developed from the everyday practices that criminalized communities, largely Black, Indigenous, and undocumented, have relied on for generations. Through that study, I began to cultivate, experiment, and engage in everyday practice of conflict transformation and abolitionism. In 2016 I went to graduate school, where I gained additional practices and insight into conflict analysis.

Training

Currently enrolled: Master of Social Work (2024)

University of Michigan School of Social Work

Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution (2018)

Wayne State University

  • Conflict analysis

  • Restorative practices

  • Mediation and negotiation

  • Theories of Change

 

Community Accountability (Technical training, 2018)

Just Practice Collaborative

Street Medic (Technical training, 2016)

Chicago Action Medical

Circle Process (Technical training, 2017)

Kay Pranis

Civil Mediation (Certificate, 2017)

Washtenaw Dispute Resolution Center

Bachelor of Arts in Literature (2009)

Albion College

First Responder + First Aid + CPR (Certificate, 2007)

The Red Cross (12 Week Course)

core values (self)

  • Agency + Authenticity

  • Compassion

  • Curiosity

  • Humility

principles (relational)

01 — Affirming Self-expression

  • respecting and treating with dignity and compassion every person who works with me, &

  • creating spaces and opportunities where we can be our authentic selves.

02 — Upholding Self-determination + Reciprocity​

  • obtaining enthusiastic, informed consent from anyone impacted by my actions,

  • treating people as experts in their own experiences, cultures, lifeways, desires, and needs, who are not subject to others' authority but who exist in a network of meaningful relations,

  • honoring the value and skill that all parties contribute, &

  • treating those who seek my skills as my partners in navigating a mutually beneficial relationship of trust (reliability, care, generosity) and agency (consensual collective decision-making).

03 — Centering Transformation + Anti-Oppression

  • centering the root causes of conflict in my analysis and practice, 

  • seeking solutions that transform deeply rooted structural violence, & 

  • struggling toward liberation alongside people and their dynamic identities, such as

    • Black, Indigenous, brown, and undocumented folks and those who are otherwise impacted by racism, imperialism, and colonialism.

    • Trans, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, intersex folks and those who are otherwise impacted by cis-sexism and binary constructions of gender.

    • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual folks and those who are otherwise impacted by monogamous-centered, heteronormativity.

    • Disabled, crip, mentally ill, and mad folks and people otherwise impacted by ableism and the medical industrial complex

    • Houseless, hungry, refugee, and poor folks and people otherwise impacted by global capitalism and exploitation.

    • Prisoners, parolees, formerly incarcerated, detained, surveilled, and drug using folks and people otherwise impacted by criminalization and the prison industrial complex.

04 — Seeking & Taking Accountability

  • creating opportunities to receive feedback, 

  • acknowledging my mistakes and harms caused, with gratitude toward those who bring them to my attention,

  • living within my integrity and ability to discern harm from difference, &

  • learning, adapting, and changing my behavior to reduce harm.