Thanks to art and activism

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To be in integrity individually and from there to participate with a determined and respectful gaze of the collective conscience, always putting humanity first, experiencing more equal than different, where we expand and we all meet, without separation, where we awaken our abilities to respond and participate, authentically present here and now, and from there, flow, taking the energy of life, the inspiration to awaken our individual abilities to respond to life and thereby take our place in the universe; no more no less.

Stories and more stories The human condition, whatever it may be, offers us a journey to recognize ourselves, to find ourselves. Each human is a message, an opportunity to go out and integrate ourselves and the living organism that we all form. Expand awareness and experience, through different life circumstances. Responsible for what we interpret and do about reality. Let us use the stories in our favor, bridges to rescue the treasures of humanity, lost and even forgotten.

From this intimate relationship with art and activism, where we put humanity first, through human sustainability, peace, war and finally all human expressions that enrich our capacity to update the ways in which we synthesize we interpret and participate in life.

Diversity generates abundance at all levels in which we participate. Being flexible and open to challenging our belief system and awakening genuine interest and participation from empathy #diveersiteam. Truly accept our humanity, without endorsement, simply be well anchored and strong at the center of our being to be available and present in our own opportunity and experience of life, taking our place in the universe, no more and no less.

Choose to live and not just survive, get involved with life and breathe deeply, finding our own rhythm, participating from the humility and majesty of our most authentic nature. All expressions, all around us, offer us an opportunity through empathy, everything we perceive is a reflection of ourselves in some space of our individual being to learn, expand, integrate and know ourselves from those precise coordinates of the collective consciousness Expand our awareness, awaken our individual abilities to respond to life and live awake, available, with eyes and heart open to participate in human sustainability.

What are we talking about?

Put humanity first and the center of absolutely everything. The intention is to add individuals, from all origins and destinations, anyone who is willing to integrate, update and, from that abundance, share. The common denominator of this line is the interest in individual integrity as the center and source of equanimity and determination of experience through all expression of art and activism, forging a culture of collective participation towards human sustainability.
 
Why is this relevant here and now?

Because we believe that the story we live in is the one we accept as true. We seek to activate mechanisms of expansion and updating of the stories that we believe in, promoting narratives where humanity is one, participating in different contexts and yet fundamentally part of the same collective. Our stories and the narrative that we accept as reality implement frames of reference, which become forms, uses, and customs. All these definitions are dynamic mechanisms that are opening or closing paths and bridges within our consciousness and also in the collective consciousness where phenomena such as glass ceilings are generated.
 
How do we plan to do it?

Human sustainability councils:
Platforms of continuity, in all its forms and in all ways, connecting points, favoring the expansion of consciousness in human sustainability, the strengthening of individual abilities to respond to life and to participate proactively. One of our most important experiments is RAW, responsibility, conscience and will.

We work with all kinds of art material and social impact activism as a biopsy of the human condition. While it is part of contexts throughout the world, these are issues that are protagonized by life on the planet, primarily by us humans, from corners rather forgotten, in pain here and now.

That is why the importance, today more than ever, with the whole community, of recognizing and accepting ourselves, of creating in our interior a space safe to exist, where we can breathe and find balance and equanimity through any circumstance. To recognize, honor and celebrate that every moment we can do that for others immediately next to us.

This equanimity is an invitation to keep us present and with our eyes open. Let's connect through respectful and dignifying empathy, not emotionality and pity. Let us take the opportunity to heal our own suffering, dignifying and integrating ourselves back into the center of ourselves.

When we approach these issues emotionally, pain is so strong that in many cases we develop defense mechanisms, measures to balance the dysfunction, of what we perceive as grievances. By giving ourselves up and distracting us in this way, we lose consciousness, focus and encourage indifference in our humanity and, of course, in that of everyone around us.

At the individual level and at the interdependent level It is always relevant to maintain the pulse of addictions and other coping mechanisms, which involve corruption and self-destruction. Here we propose to develop and strengthen the abilities to respond and participate and stay focused, breathing in order to stay present, here and now.

The objective of these exercises is to invite reflection from the integrity of individuality, as beings as independent as interdependent, reflected in those human beings in the documentary, beyond the distance. Think of the documentary as a metaphor for our personal work and a relationship to participate in our consciousness, with our immediate relationships, with our collectives and thus in integrity to the entire planet.

Learning to observe our interior is to choose the path of pro-active vision, it is also an important step towards human sustainability. Observing proactively means committing ourselves to what is observed in us, with life and with others, who make up the human collective.

Take care of yourself to be able to take care of others in integrity. The look of personal responsibility to awaken our individual abilities and with it the genuine will to participate in the world, from this space, to generate virtuous circles and make better decisions.

How else can we cooperate with the here and now?

Our Human Sustainability Councils: 

VENA-CAVA

"The best way to achieve personal fulfillment is to dedicate yourself to selfless goals."
Viktor Frankl

We have decided to circulate and move the energy that stagnates us to be able to respond and engage in the activities of the human collective. That's where our creativity belongs, our capacity to resolve conflicts, survival, we go towards the collectivity, not towards ourselves. This is an invitation to know the synergies with other foundations: specific links with specific actions aimed at Human Sustainability through ACT Ivism projects.

SIMA RAMA

SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) STUDIOS defines itself as a non-profit association. High impact social media agency dedicated to connecting creators, students and audiences globally through the best cinema of global impact, with the aim of generating "global awareness, social justice, human rights and education" through activism, compassion and the transformation of society.

For the past six years, Vena-Cava has worked shoulder to shoulder with SIMA. It has always been clear the line we share, Humanity First, in all its versions and in all circumstances. SIMA Classroom is part of the project in which we work together. It is a social impact education platform through cinema, whose purpose is to trigger dialogue between the audience, the creators and the people involved in situations that are exposed through the lens.

A World Not Ours

A world not ours (2012), directed by Mahdi Fleifel, deals with the reconstruction of the family memory of three generations of exiles in the Palestinian refugee camp Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon, on the outskirts of Sidon. There live more than seventy thousand people. Although it seems distant, it is about the threatening and unpredictable reality in which thousands of people have lived in the Middle East, for decades.

The name of Palestine raises suspicions in the observer oblivious to the reality of a country permanently suffering from war. In the Middle East, there have been countless inspiring stories of both light and darkness, carried out and directed by us humans.

The world, in general, is no stranger to the delicate subject of cultural, religious and political differences and disagreements and the painful reach of groups of organized civil resistance, and those not so organized. The media communicate and with the desire to reach the greatest number of people, in many of the occasions they are able to sacrifice aspects of the truth in order to tell a good story. By doing this without any long-term strategy, the social fabric is torn apart and it becomes more complicated to return to the shared consciousness, empathizing heart to heart, human to human.

This piece invites us to explore where and how this is part of our ways of synthesizing life: stereotypes, generalizations, the polarization of aspects within ourselves, aspects and behavior of those around us and thus in circles extending to all and all.

In one part of the documentary, the director's best friend, at a certain point, comments, with his eyes overshadowed by despair, that he wants to immolate himself as many young people do. Which, he says, use Palestine as an excuse to end their lives. Why would someone want to end his life in such a violent way? Why did a young man want to be part of hell? What could push him to make that decision! The answer hits us head-on: because he lives a hell. This subject of suffering in silence, of perceiving oneself without alternatives and in total despair, leads us to think of ourselves as vulnerable individually and also as a society.
 
Continuity platform

It is always useful to identify specific lines of human qualities that we are following.
 
1. What moves you most about this piece? Why is that what moves you the most?
 
2. If it were up to you, how would you fix this situation?
 
3. What would you like to be different?
 
4. How can you do that right now inside yourself?
 
5. And in your collective?
 
6. From the perspective that everything you think should be different, without judgments, regardless of the reason you have or not. What are your judgments? Is it wrong? Is it OK? And from where do you have the certainty of being right?
 
7. What are the ways of separating from other humans involved in the problem that the documentary exposes? Who are the others? How do you rescue the human essence in them and in yourself, awakening empathy?
 
8. What is the way to separate yourself from your own humanity here and now, when you judge and judge the circumstances of your life?
 
9. How do you inspire to be the integral transformation, and from your abundance move the energy towards collective participations as equanimous as determined here and now taking your place in the universe, no more and no less?

CREATIVE VISIONS

Creative Visions is an organization of creative activists with which VENA CAVA has worked for seven years. "We believe in the power of the narrators and the power of the people to respond", under this idea they have undertaken an arduous, generous and sustainable work, with the aim of creating new social dynamics. Through the Rock Your World program, based on human rights and aimed at middle and high school students, they undertook the task of teaching young people to take advantage of social networks and their voices to build actions aimed at changing their communities and the world.

#ACTNOW is the proposal for immediate activism with which Rock Your World brings together the artistic expressions (painting, poetry, music, video, photography, etc.) of the adolescents and young activists that are part of the project, whose objective is to raise awareness through social networks about the refugee crisis that is currently taking place in the USA.

As Warsan Shire, a Somali-born poet living in England, says, "No one leaves home unless / home is in the mouth of a shark."
 

Unaccompanied: Alone in America

Unaccompanied: Alone in America (2018), directed by Linda Freedman, is a realistic recreation of the trials to which immigrant children and youth, especially Central and South American, are subjected to determine their immigration status in the country.

In the documentary, one observes in different moments a young woman, a boy, and a girl, to whom the judge of immigration asks them questions that they answer, baffled and fearful, with monosyllables. Children arrested by the US government do not have the right to an immigration lawyer appointed by the court; the government, on the other hand, has an appalling legal representation apparatus.

The phenomenon of migration of unaccompanied children responds to various causes, many of them limited by the government, its legal representatives and the population of the USA. War, gangs, violence, trafficking, poverty, hunger and searching for their family are some of the reasons why children are forced to leave their communities.

While we watch the documentary, the emotions crowd. To deal with this situation in equanimity, it is necessary to breathe and connect with oneself. Otherwise, emotionality can divert us from our decision process. We ask ourselves what happens inside us, with all the energy that this situation provokes us. To get involved in equanimity and generosity, it is necessary to do it starting from within to affect our environment.

This piece invites us to reflect on our prejudices and dogmas towards the most vulnerable migrant population, children, and consequently, the stability of their families, because during the process they separate families, as seen in heartbreaking images, in which Minors live in cages, in some cases for prolonged periods.

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) is one of the nonprofit organizations that has helped children and their families with free legal advice services. Since 1978 he has supported people from more than ninety countries. This work, disinterested and humanitarian, forces us to question ourselves as individuals. It is necessary to put our humanity at the service of humanity. #ACTNOW, start raising your voice from your place, here and now.

Continuity platform
It is always useful to identify specific lines of human qualities that we are following.
 
1. What emotions does this documentary provoke?
 
2. If you could do something to solve this problem, where would you start?
 
3. Could life be different for these children and young people?
 
4. How can you make that change, right now, inside of you?
 
5. And in your collective?
 
6. From the perspective that everything you think should be different, without judgments, regardless of the reason you have or not. What are your judgments? It's wrong? It's OK? And from where do you have the certainty of being right?
 
7. What are the ways of separating children and young people in the problems that the documentary exposes? Who are the others? How do you rescue the human essence in them and in yourself, awakening empathy?
 
8. What is the way to separate yourself from your own humanity here and now, when you judge and judge the circumstances of your life?
 
9. How do you inspire to be the integral transformation, and from your abundance move the energy towards collective participations as equanimous as determined here and now taking your place in the universe?

FREEDOM TO CHOOSE PROJECT

The Freedom to Choose Foundation aims to "transform the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experimental education." Under this slogan, we have participated in activism based on human dignity, with a common goal: to create a documentary, in collaboration with Creative Visions, about the men and women who live in prison in the Pleasant Valley penitentiary in Fresno, California.

At VENA CAVA we believe that the path towards human sustainability lies in the optimization of human potential. For that reason, we decided to create a documentary, whose spirit is focused on making us see how we are kept prisoners of habits and emotions, of vices and narratives imposed by the outside. Liberation goes beyond freedom. Maybe you can walk the streets to your liking, but are you really free?


Activism, EnglishClaudia Flores