And Now My Watch Begins: (almost) 8 Years of Sobriety My Way AKA Staying Sober While Staying Woke
Artist(s)/Author(s): Golden Collier
Format: Book
City Produced/Published: Philadelphia
Reference Number: B.35886.CO
Location: Box
Acquisition Date: 1/5/2024
Copies: 1

“My third zine of making it to (almost) 8 years sobriety my way, staying sober while staying woke. Hand crafted font created just for this project!

this joint delves into, among other things:

❤ A new framework I've been working on - RECOVERY JUSTICE!
❤ staying sober and practicing harm reduction during the pandemic and uprisings
❤ Rayshard Brooks and the unacceptable anti-Blackness embedded in drug enforcement
❤ the resilience of marginalized communities
❤ building my own personal recovery program and what that's been like to maintain so far
❤ accountability and recovery
❤️ the continuing work to hold radical healing spaces for Black queer and trans folks in recovery
❤ retooling recovery under the anxieties, trials, and tragedies of COVID
❤️ the elegance of harm reduction and the unearned hegemony of 12 step
❤ the history of substances as a tool of capitalism, colonialism, and slow genocide against black folks
❤️ the gaslighting of marginalized people’s around “outside issues”
❤️ finding and joining one of the only inpatient lgbt recovery programs in the country
❤ finding and then losing my first ever home group!

“won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and (non)woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.”
Lucille Clifton

this zine recognizes the merit of any effort you make to reduce harm in your life. by healing yourself, you are helping heal the world, and I am rooting for you!”

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