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I am because we are

This piece celebrates Karissa Lewis. Karissa is the Director of Programs for the Center for Third World Organizing and is active in the#blacklivesmatter Bay Area Chapter as well as tending to a beautiful urban farm in East Oakland which she cares for with her partner and daughter. Karissa and her daughter Kyla, who is a young activist as well, have beautiful, fun and joyful relationship and this year I want to celebrate the light and love I see between them. I include the Nguni Bantu term of Ubuntu, translated into English, here because I feel it reflects their dynamic interdependent relationship.

This piece was create for Forward Together’s Mamas Day campaign. 


Against a purple to peach-orange gradient, a mom looks into the eyes of her child as she hugs her. They have similar brown skin, short curly brown hair, and long lashes. The woman wears large hoop earrings, has a small tattoo on her neck, red lipstick and wears a bright turquoise blouse. Text above in white states: “I am because we are.”

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing

September 28, 2014

Join me at the Oakland Museum of California for the public unveiling of Reflections of Healing, a large-scale art installation created by artist and educator Brett Cook with participation from…