🤲🏾Yield the most
“I have grown tired of the notion of an ally. I prefer the language of an “accomplice.” An ally loves you from a distance. An accomplice loves you up close. We need allies to make the transition to accomplices. An ally is someone who has unpacked her personal privilege but hasn’t yet made the link to institutional issues and is not willing to risk anything besides her mental comfort. An accomplice rolls up her sleeves and engages in the work that is beyond her. She’ll march in the streets, yes. But an accomplice also faces her own participation in whiteness, acknowledges it, and then looks beyond that personal acknowledgment to identify how her awareness can be applied to changing the systems and mindsets that prop up the system.”
― DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
Julie Catona was born in Upstate NY- where she cultivated her passion for painting and drawing from a very early age. An artist by nature, she began her schooling in SUNY Ulster studying Fine Art and Graphic Design and continued her art studies at the Academy of Art in San Francisco majoring in 3D Animation and VFX. She now runs a Web Design studio- LuCreativ.com that offers various creative services to fellow Artists, Mavericks & Mavens.
In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her pets, doing hot Yoga, going to the beach, experimenting in Stop-motion Animation, painting & sculpting. She is also the creator & artist of Future Illustrations Cosmic Cards, an inclusive and vibrant Oracle Card deck under her Fine Art handle @FutureIllustrations.