Hello! My name is Camille. I’m a Black+Filipina poet, essayist, abolitionist, cultural analyst, theologian, mom, and contemplative. I love to blend these intersections of myself into my writing. This substack is a space where I share my observations, invite you into my healing journey, and pursue a world that centers our collective liberation.

Mission Statement

Camille Hernandez is a writer and public educator pursuing an abolitionist world by dismantling systems of oppression created by settler colonization. Whether it is through interpersonal violence or spiritual abuse, Camille is focused on healing from the violence of anti-Blackness, colonization, and patriarchy. She centers her work on uplifting the healing journeys of women, trans, and gender expansive folks who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian. As a writer, Camille interweaves the themes of mental health and mythology to encourage and equip people to pursue healing practices that aid to our collective liberation. As an educator, she invites people to engage in trauma-informed practices that interrupt cycles of disembodiment, interpersonal violence, and internalized anti-Blackness. Believing that liberative knowledge needs to be accessible to all, Camille chooses to do her public education work through creating podcasts, social media content, and collaborating with people & organizations whose mission aligns with hers.

Intentional Word Summary

Abolitionist world - the practice of abolition is dismantling systemic oppression that leads to the trafficking of human beings by way of indentured servitude, domestic labor, sexual violence, and incarceration in order to rebuild a new society that centers restoration, accountability, equity, and human flourishing. An abolitionist world is a world that is born of both actions.

Interpersonal violence - forms of violence that creates caste systems that justify violence towards identities that are deviant to whiteness, maleness, and heteronormativity. Interpersonal violence includes (but is not limited to) anti-Blackness, racism, sexism, fat phobia, transphobia, and ableism.

Uplifting - to do this means one must center the voices they are dedicated to and create boundaries that will protect those voices and the vulnerable people who are listening and learning from them. This practice includes intentionally deleting comments that do not add to the movement of collective healing and liberation.

Collective liberation - using the actions and intentions of Jesus Christ as the center of her praxis, Camille understands that the process of pursuing liberation requires that we center needs and caretaking of the most marginalized peoples in order to know an abolitionist world.

Disembodiment - to experience disembodiment is to feel separated (or numbed) in the body in order to survive in violent environments. Ending the cycle of disembodiment means people are embarking on a journey of self-awareness, self-trust, and seeping self-compassion in order to pursue collective liberation.

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