In this episode of Silver Threads, carla and Eleanor are in conversation with Dezeray Lyn, a nurse, street medic, mutual aid worker, and writer. In this heart-centered episode, Dez traces her path to organizing from her early days as an animal rights activist to the Occupy movement, to mutual aid to actions of solidarity, in particular with Palestine. The conversation also touches on the importance of fiction writing for radicals; the contrast of political tension and community care in Tampa, Florida (where Dez lives); and the impact of love and centering relationships on radicalism and mutual aid organizing.
Dezeray Lyn, a nurse and street medic, a mutual aid worker and writer. Dez has been a mutual aid worker with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in numerous mobilizations over the past four years working with and being led by storm–impacted communities. She has worked with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine answering the call from occupied Palestinians for human rights monitoring and intervention. She has also been a Tampa Food Not Bombs helper for nearly seven years. She is a writer of fiction that centers social justice but with magical or humorous spins to it.
carla bergman and Eleanor Goldfield interview long term organizers about their watershed moments, what they have learned along the way, and how they maintain their hope on this path; dreaming and building emergent worlds for a present and future that is anchored in justice and freedom for all.