H.M.A.N. is a grassroots organization providing free plant-based care for Black people seeking support due to the ongoing crisis of racial violence + injustice.
Our mission is to respond + adapt to the evolving needs of Black people in this climate of rebellion against white supremacy by
✿ Insisting that equity is an essential pillar of any business providing care, and that “wellness” without equity is simply hoarding resources
✿ Spreading the message that Black people are entitled to the utmost love and care, and that the lives of Black disabled, trans and/or woman identified people must be protected at all costs.
Currently our work consists in:
➛Creating protest safety kits for distribution in LA + NYC, including herbal formulas for first aid, immune support, emotional safety + PPE
➛Paying Black herbalists to co-create collaborative in-house formulas for our upcoming “free brand”
➛Creating a live online database network of herb growers + local mutual aid groups where we can all stay connected on current projects + asks– a tool for seeking care *and* collaborating on our mutual aid initiatives, coast-to-coast
➛Directly funding urgent care for Black trans + disabled individuals.
H.M.A.N. is a Network of herbalists, farmers, gardeners, donors, artists, organizers + workshop volunteers, co-founded by Yves B. Golden + Remy Maelen
Yves B. Golden is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, organizer and DJ. She is inspired by the sacred bond that exists between memory and physical objects.
Her collaborative and solo works have been featured in Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, ICA London, NADA Miami 2019, Yaby Madrid, Springsteen Gallery Baltimore, Caleb Bingham Gallery at University of Missouri and Raw Material Company Senegal.
Remy Maelen is an herbalist, artist + organizer working to create collective language around care + embodiment.
She produces formulas, images, events + movement-based plant meditations through GOODWITCH, her interdisciplinary herbalism practice since 2013.
Fluctuating dis/abilities shape her focus around accessibility + interdependence. All her work is collaborative.