#CryptoCurrents

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A knowledge share on cryptocurrencies & its impact on our communities.

Cryptocurrency is a digital currency created and managed through advanced encryption techniques known as cryptography. Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, was created with the idea to have a decentralized currency that is not controlled by a centralized bank or government. Bitcoin was invented by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, an unknown person or people, who also devised the first blockchain database—a database that is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Because this technology is open source, there are over 1,600+ cryptocurrencies in existence today. Anyone who wants to and knows how to can create a cryptocurrency.

Our #CommunityTech Workshop #CryptoCurrents is a knowledge share where we explored:

  • What is cryptocurrency?
  • What is the blockchain technology?
  • How does these affect communities of color?
  • Can we build beautiful things with it?

We will also take time to imagine how blockchain technology might support and sustain community-centered collectives, worker-owned cooperatives, autonomous systems of care, anything and everything our communities care about.

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About Our Facilitators

This workshop was facilitated by Color Coded members, Aya Seko and Danny Ruelas.

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Aya Seko has worked in Los Angeles as a program manager for after-school programs for over 10 years. Her experience in management over the years has made her realize that multigenerational POC spaces are crucial to building the future we want to see. She is a member of Color Coded and will be co-facilitating for this workshop. She is not an expert in cryptocurrencies, but is excited to introduce some ideas that she and other members of CC have been learning about.

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Danny Ruelas is a student studying animation at CSULA. He has worked in South LA as an after-school program leader and supervisor. He is a member of Color Coded and has some experience buying and trading cryptocurrencies. He will share his experiences of what he has learned and how CC discussions have helped frame different possibilities of engaging with this technology.

#PoderColectivo

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Strategies & Dialogue On Collectives, Cooperatives, and Community Ownership

For communities of color, being dependent on the current economic system is dangerous and hazardous to our health and to our lives. Through decades of neoliberal policy making, capitalism has prioritized the individual over the collective and corporations over communities — oftentimes negatively impacting communities of color. This brings us to our current living conditions: a volatile job market, low-paying wages, shortages of affordable housing, and an expensive healthcare system… to name a few.

Through the need to survive, some of us have started to navigate our own way choosing instead to collaborate with one another. We seek to uplift our own lives and to build up collective security, wealth, and power—right here and right now. So, how do we protect our efforts from being co-opted, exploited, and destroyed? How do we begin to amplify them so that many more can take part? What are the strategies we will use to sustainably thrive together in today’s world — instead of only surviving in it?

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On February 22, for our first Community Technology Workshop of 2018, Color Coded organized and facilitated a dialogue on collectives, cooperatives, and community ownership with folks within our network. The conversation was moderated by Color Coded member Cesia Dominguez. Our guests included Blanca Diaz from Flor y Tierra and LB Birth Workers of Color (Long Beach); Miguel Ramos from Casita del Barrio (East LA); Kateri Gutierrezfrom Collective Avenue Coffee (Lynwood); artist Irina Contreras (Los Angeles); and Marco Lopez from Condina Records (Boyle Heights). Each of our guests shared their stories and strategies on collectives, cooperatives, and community ownership.

Into the future

In a breakout session following the dialogue, we asked: How can we amplify, sustain, and protect each other and our work? This is our starting point for #PoderColectivo into the future.

Color Coded intends to develop relationships with all collectives of color in Los Angeles. We envision a federation of collectives working autonomously yet collaboratively to meet each of our communities needs. If you and your collective are interested in joining this effort, please fill out the #PoderColectivo Interest Form to get connected.


#AncestralTech

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Plant and flower bundles can assist in healing for emotional, spiritual, and psychological bodies.

Flower and plant bundles are an invitation to practice reciprocity with our Mother Earth and each other. In our first #AncestralTech workshop, facilitated by Agua Dulce Healing, we explored how the Spirit of the flowers and herbs can heal us through bundle making. Workshop participants learned about the Spirit properties of each plant, as well as how we can call upon the plants to assist us in activating our intentions. Participants were also invited to create their own bundle to take home.


About Agua Dulce Healing
Agua Dulce is a medicine grower/maker, Earth & Spirit-based therapist, and momma to a beautiful 4 year old fairy. Her healing practice is closely connected to Healing Justice and Liberation Movements. Agua Dulce has been studying flower & plant medicine since her work study began with her Elder and friend Queen Hollins at the Earthlodge Center for Healing and Transformation in Long Beach. Agua Dulce is committed to bringing her private practice to individuals and communities healing at the intersections of oppression. Her vision is to assist others in connecting to Pachamama's Abundance; becoming more in touch with their intuition and healing path. Sessions with Agua Dulce consist of platica's (1-1 conversations), flower card readings, and various medicine making practices. You can follow her on Instagram @aguadulce3 and Facebook @Agua Dulce Healing for workshops, events, and therapy sessions.

#WeaponsOfMassDisplacement

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“What kind of tech can we make to defend our hoods, strengthen our communities and stop displacement?”

Our #WeaponsOfMassDisplacement workshop looked at how consumer and enterprise tech platforms enable and accelerate mass displacement and gentrification. This workshop was facilitated by Color Coded collective members Chris and Aya.