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Joanna Ware

Joanna Ware
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Joanna Ware.

Joanna Ware is the Lead Organizer and Training Coordinator at Keshet, working to transform the Jewish community into a place of full inclusion and welcome for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews. She is a queer femme, making home and community in Boston, originally from Southern California. You can find her [infrequent] writing and tweeting at and @QueeringJew.

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Keep Loving, Keep Fighting: Reflections after Thanksgiving

Sitting in my grandparents' house in Northridge, CA, on stolen land that was originally Barbareño and Chumash territory, I'm thinking a lot about how to foster space for gratitude without erasing the pain and violence in the paths that brought us to this place. Because rolled up in my story, in the events that led to me being in this place with my cherished family of origin, is a lot of pain and violence.

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I Reach for Words

I reach for poetry that draws out my breath when it is caught in my lungs; poetry that surprises my heart into movement, expansiveness when it is heavy and turns in upon itself; poetry that feeds the pit of empty in my stomach so that it rumbles again for fire and food. 

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