Hello, Terra Community!

We made it to April and through Mercury retrograde! We hope this message finds you cared for and well. We have some exciting announcements!

We have welcomed Brittney Okabe to the Terra team as co-conspirator, DEI consultant, and contributing photo-journalist.

They are a musician, rock climber, social worker currently living in Portland, Oregon, Chinook Territory. Their pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/theirs.
We are scheduling interviews for next week, so if you have any inclination/drive/passion to join our team, we would love to hear from you! Send a brief letter describing a bit about yourself, why you want to collaborate with us, what you plan to contribute, and what you would like to get out of this exchange! More information about what we are looking for in a co-conspirator can be found in the link above.

ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT IN OUR #StopGlorifyingJohnMuir swag fundraiser. Choose from tees, tanks, long-sleeve shirts, v-necks, baseball tees, and sweatshirts, and 80 percent of funds raised go to Indigenous Women Hike! The rest will go towards paying our fantastic, brilliant, hard-working contributors.

If we need to re-think our heroes, what else do we need to re-think? How are our organizations set-up? How can we get rid of hierarchy, which is a product of white supremacy? What about the pace of how we do work --- Sense of urgency is a characteristic of white supremacy. What about how we treat each other? Are we caring and making room for mental health days? Does our organization's impact create equitable outcomes for all?

We hope these T-shirts will help you start conversations about those we glorify, as well as instigate action against the myriad ways white supremacy shows up in ourselves, our organizations, and social circles.

Call for submissions for the Terra Zine. More info coming soon!! For now, check out our general guidelines. Submit your art, photography, writing, photo-journalism, etc!

Find out why Greg Smith said, "too much coffee." Check out the latest content:
The White Problem of "Chocolate Chipping" in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Gorgeous art by Clio Cy

PDX Climbers of Color Ambassador Training Night

Grab a drink with PDX Climbers of Color at the Ambassador Training night on Tuesday, April 9th at Laurelwood Brewing Company (5115 NE Sandy Blvd). In this informal training, you can expect tips about facilitation and shared resources about creating inclusive environments. This will be more conversation based rather than a formal training.To join send a DM to their Instagram.

People of Color in Nature Panel Discussion

Next week! People of Color in Nature Panel Discussion: Thursday April 11th at Pacific University, Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall 216, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, with our fave Backwoods Barbie Bam Mendiola of BAM Org, Adam Edwards of Melanin Basecamp, Jay Horita of Outdoor Asian

"Redefining the Narrative" organized by Portland in Color

Portland in Color exhibit and panel, “Redefining the Narrative,” at Design Week Portland, copresented by Swift Collective and Wieden Kennedy. Wednesday, April 10, 6pm-9pm. $20 register here!

Resilience Conference

Resilience Outdoor Conference with Wild Diversity, Queer Nature, and Venture Out Project. May 1st-5th in Portland and Warm Springs, Oregon. Resilience Outdoor Conference is about decolonizing outdoor education for People of Color & the LGBTQ communities. It is an investment in community knowledge expansion in outdoor education that supports growth today and tomorrow.

Trainings local to Portland:

Building an Organizational Equity Plan
with the YWCA if you’re in Portland, Oregon

Introduction to Restorative Justice with Resolutions Northwest if you’re in Portland, Oregon

Indigenous Women Hike has been advocating for the bolts to be removed from indigenous relative, Winnedumah, in Payahüünadü. This is a small step towards decolonizing many spaces that have been disrespected, disregarded, and non-consensually penetrated by white entitlement and elitism that runs rampant in the outdoor industry. In response to this climbers (mostly cis, white men) are angry and blasting anti-indigenous, misogynistic hate speech on a SuperTopo forum about Winnedumah. This is not the first time a member of our community has been targeted. SuperTopo regulars have attacked Terra Incognita Media contributors, as well as many other activists, leaders, and writers of the outdoor industry who push against the status quo. We are working to figure out next steps for addressing this toxic platform and we will keep you posted.
Bullshit Continued:

On April 1st 2019 New Orleans Boulder Lounge unexpectedly terminated Climbers of Color’s meetups at the climbing gym. This group celebrates and fosters diversity in climbing by enabling minority visibility, mitigating barriers of entry, and empowering all climbers of color. This was a hit to the community and though the gym has restored the meetups, harm has been done. It is important for all gyms, and all spaces of our society, to actively work towards creating equity for all. Climbers of Color wrote on their Instagram account that establishing anti-oppressive policies and practices, and actively seeking out POC to join the staff, are places to start when working towards inclusion and equity.

Our society is structured by white supremacy, so we need to dismantle how white supremacy shows up in our organizations, in ourselves, and in our relationships. Reference this helpful document to locate how white supremacy culture infiltrates your life. 

Become a monthly patron for just $1 on our Patreon site! We have to constantly fundraise to keep our authentic content free from corporate sponsorship.

If you're able to make a gift of $5 or $15 or even $50 to kick us off this April please do! Your additional contribution means so much to us no matter the amount!

Thank you for your engagement and encouragement! Your comments, likes, shares, and subscribes truly mean the world to us. Here's to building, growing, and evolving together!

We are dedicated to delivering fierce, feminist media no matter what bullshit we have to navigate in the outdoor industry. 

With you in solidarity,

Erin Monahan
Co-Conspirator, Terra Incognita Media
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