Sailing for Social Justice began with a dream that immediately led Tala to sailing. After learning how to sail for several years, Tala developed SSJ and led her first public workshop at the 2018 Allied Media Conference.
SSJ is a grassroots project that links sailing with social, environmental, and healing justice in both theory and practice. At its core, SSJ seeks to transform dominant sail culture by:
- Bringing attention to past and present activist movements in which water vessels (e.g., canoes, boats, ships) play a central role
- Making connections between navigating waterways and navigating systems of oppression
- Uplifting the significance of seafaring traditions for building a livable and sustainable future.