All of our members are trained in self defense and, when possible, we have sought to share those skills with other marginalized people. Our philosophy on self defense has three focus points: analysis/critique, prevention/response, and abolition/liberation. It is our duty to be creative. Oppression and abuse are unapologetic and so are we. Radical self-defense pulls from a long history of organizing that has arisen from the need to make material our critique of the very physical violence we experience. On a more symbolic level, the hummingbird is indigenous to the western hemisphere and some believe that they carry the spirits of warriors.