Isis A. Santoni Morro serves as OEP's Kingian Nonviolence Organizer intern. She reflects on the impact that On Earth Peace has made in her life during her internship.
Why are you drawn/applied to On Earth Peace?
I was drawn to OEP because of its community based attitude. Being with OEP means being heard and seen in all levels of our work. In Kingian Nonviolence we call it building beloved community. That is what OEP is. An environment of acceptance and understanding while we all work together for justice, equality and peace.
What are the favorite project/s that you worked on?
One of my favorite projects I have worked on is a women and Gender Justice with KNV Book Club event I co-facilitated with our Women and Gender Justice Organizer, Hannah. It was a perfect space for us to explore our gender identity while learning to promote an intersectional feminism by reading Hood Feminism from Mikki Kendall. I used my knowledge of KNV, as the Kingian Nonviolence Organizer, to explain how KNV has a role to play in all societal struggles and movements by understanding how negative peace is often seen through non-intersectional white feminism.
How has OEP affected your outlook/future aspirations?
OEP has made me desire a non-profit justice and organizing work as a permanent future career. As an English and Spanish major in college, I always thought I would just become a translator or something of the sort. OEP has taught me that there is more I can do. Especially, as a Hispanic Latina women, I desire to help the Latinx community through non-profit work in hopes of creating a world where love and peace prevails.
What would you like people to know about OEP and yourself?
I would like people to know that Nonviolence social justice and organizing is hard. It is not just sitting around and waiting for things to happen. OEP is doing the hard work constantly and has been teaching young adults like myself how we can all be part of the solution. This means that when you support OEP and its interns, you are supporting work that can change the world. I am thankful for the support we receive and what OEP has taught me. And am hopeful that our work will lead to positive change, justice and peace.