Sep 26, 2018
A conversation with Oriana Mayorga, community organizer dedicated to building power by dismantling structural oppression, promoting racial justice and revolutionizing electoral politics. She is longtime advocate of psychedelic medicine and the newest member of the Psymposia team!
In this episode, Oriana and I talk about her initial introduction to the psychedelic community, and her realization soon after that access would be an issue for marginalized people. She talks about the way that she brings a social justice lens to the psychedelic renaissance, specifically in the realm of racial justice and putting an end to sexual violence; we discuss the "shadow" side of the psychedelic movement; CONSENT and the need to talk about this and learn what it means; Systems of power, and her experience of being "blacklisted" after speaking truth to power; the #metoo movement; POC Psychedelic Coalition; Calling in and calling out; non-profits and choosing what we want to be a part of; Horizontal power structures, shared resources and accountability; the weird cognitive dissonance of speaking up for marginalized and traumatized people, but questioning survivors coming forward with a story; Christianity and love; keeping each other accountable.
More about Oriana:
Her professional journey to end the war on drugs began in 2014 when she interned at The Drug Policy Alliance and DanceSafe. Oriana also served as a volunteer Psychotherapy Research Rater for MAPS therapist Dr. Ingmar Gorman. In 2016, she earned her Graduate certificate in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy from the New School of Social Research after receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Fordham University in 2014. Her undergraduate research on ‘MDMA – Assisted Psychotherapy’ has been presented at various conferences, the most recent being Psychedelic Science in Oakland, California.
Oriana is currently working with others to organize and prioritize the needs of people of color in the psychedelic community. She is determined to work on the following goals in her lifetime. Firstly, that all low-income, people of color have equal access to psychedelic medicine in the near future. Secondly, that we as a community do not stand for violence perpetrated against women (yes, by any means necessary). Lastly, Oriana is committed to exposing the gatekeepers in our communities who continue to uphold problematic people and institutions. She wishes no one harm and she will continue to expose those who harm others. She is currently working on her first major project related to psychedelic justice and is applying to Divinity school, stay tuned.