by Marie Antoine, Kriyol Dance! Collective Public Voice
It is easy to take for granted how much energy we exert during our waking moments. After all it feels like we’re constantly in competition with each other; trying to see who can accomplish more- produce more- fit more into our daily schedule. That is the symptom of our internalized capitalist. We capitalize on our energy -without rest. This incessant need to keep moving, to keep pushing. This level of hyper-productivity causes a lot of strain on our mental, emotional and physical health. Though many of us are aware of the repercussions of this lifestyle; we still find it challenging to slow down and to truly see the value in stillness and rest.
by Veroneque Ignace, Founding Artistic Director of Kriyol Dance! Collective.
Edited by Marie Antoine, Kriyol Dance! Collective's Public Voice
During undergraduate studies at Williams College, I began to cultivate my interest in public health. As a Chemistry major, concentrating in Africana Studies, and engaging in intense dance study, I was involved in educational and practice-based experiences that supported rigorous learning and understanding of people, culture, science, and health. From hearing my first public health seminar at the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, to studying abroad learning about the Chilean health system’s structural inequity, to completing an honors thesis on inherited trauma, racism, health, and wellness, my passion for public health matured. These opportunities paved the way for the most impactful personal and professional experience I would have in 2015 post-graduation - the failure of my first community-based health initiative, Resist. Restore.
Immediately following Williams, I endeavored to co-build Resist. Restore. Inc., a “global-health-arts” initiative aimed at using community engagement, arts, and scholarship to address the multiple effects of trauma among people of African descent, living in under-resourced communities, in Haiti, Jamaica, and the United States. This initiative very quickly was organized as a short-lived non-profit organization.
Sak Rete Ou? (What's Stopping You? in Haitian Creole), holds space for reflections, meditations, poetry, video blogs, and capacity to captivate readers through creative writing. To the question, sak rete ou?, we respond "Nou Se Kriyol!" (We are the Children! in Haitian Creole), implying and calling on the strength, kindness, and revolution of our Haitian ancestors to move forward!