By Katy St. Clair, Vallejo Times-Herald, April 3, 2021]
"Filmmaker Allison Anders once said, “Trauma creates one of four types of people — victims, rescuers, or perps — and if you’re really lucky and really strong and really brave, survivors.”
Vallejo resident Jameelah Hanif wants to be the catalyst to transform trauma into resilient survival. An expert in early-childhood education and psychology, she sees unresolved trauma as an emotional octopus, reaching its tentacles across all aspects of life and community for those who experience it. Vallejo is no stranger to trauma.
“We have so much violence that’s occurring right now that’s generational, that’s retaliatory,” she says. “I want to break this cycle.”