July Menu

Hey y’all! We have an amazing line up of events for you this July. For more details, check out our Facebook events tab for more details on how you can be connected.  We look forward to seeing you!

Sisterhood Summit 6

Community! We’re coming back to the Sisterhood Summit! We’re super grateful to The Black Girl Project for holding down the space and for allowing us to be a part of the amazing day of offerings. Check out our workshop description below and be sure to get your donation-based tickets for the summit here!

Resilience is a Pre-Existing Condition: Healing in Community

Join the Sister Circle Collective for a healing cypher that will center the ways in which Black and femmes of color have not only resisted over time – but have thrived. At all times, but especially during the era of president #45, it is vital that we practice and share our healing strategies and modalities. It is one thing to be bombarded by the news of the latest policy set back, or harmful and racist policy impacting our people – but in the words of Assata Shakur – we must continue to love and protect each other. In this session, we will share and discuss how to integrate grounding rituals such as meditation, music, journaling, medicine making, light yoga, and other rituals into our everyday practice. Cocreators will conjure their own herbal spray or oil potion to remind them that in order to continue to show up for others, we have to show up to honor and defend ourselves. Our resiliency is not only required, but a pre-existing condition that people of the Diasporas have always utilized.

Rituals of Resistance – Sunday May 7th

Join us for Rituals of Resistance!

When: Sunday, May 7th from 12-3pm
Where:  Prospect Park – Great Lawn, Brooklyn

A community cypher on indigenous and ancestral forms of resistance.

The cypher will honor warrior women of Sacred Stone Camp, who will share traditions that ground them in the Mni Wiconi movement. Other offerings include how to use practical magic and creation as a form of resistance. Be a part of the conversation on Facebook for live updates!

Vibras NYC: powHER!

Peace fam! Please come through next week for a special edition of Vibras: NYC featuring an amazing line of creatives, artists, healers and more! We can’t wait to see you! xoxo the SCC

Vibras NYC is back in Brooklyn (for good!) & we’re bringing you a bada$$, fiery edition of powHER! On this night, we celebrate all of the women/womyn/trans/female-identifying warrior spirits in our lives, in our history & in ourselves! We will be raising funds for the warrior sisters out in Standing Rock (Nasha Paola + C.F. Garden). So…grab your amigxs, siblings, lovers, supportive men & join us for a powerful night!

Get your tickets here! 
Hosted by Loca Vibes Radio!!
Door Reina: Michelle Herrera
Music by DJ BEMBONA & Reddaughter
Performance by Zuzuka Poderosa
Photos & Video by Melanie Gonzalez
Visuals by Fefi of La Liga Zine, Bembona & Jihan
DIY Magia Station by Sister Circle Collective
Art by Ailyn Robles (@feministeando)
Live Art Installation by Dada Coz

 

Mi Gente! Unplugged: Underground System

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Mi Gente! is proud to present Underground System featuring Lorraine Currelley at Mi Gente! Unplugged in collaboration with The Point CDC and BxArts Factory. Mi Gente! Unplugged is a live acoustic show including the featuring of a special Bronx Spoken Word Artist.

We want you to share an intimate space and celebrate the Latinx Diaspora on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, at The Point CDC Theater located at 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx NY 10474. Advance Tickets are $10/Door $12. Theater doors will open at 7PM.

See you Saturday, February 18th Mi Gente! Get your advanced tickets here! For live updates, check out the Facebook event.

Women’s March: the Day After

Women’s March: the Day After
by Natalie Peña

On Friday at work I frantically began to think what I would do this weekend. All week I had talked to my patients about owning their bodies, reminding them that the choices they wanted to make with their bodies are valid, and that they are the person who can know their body with the intimacy to heal. I decided I needed to write my ideas in red.

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As a AfroLatina Queer feminist I am use to talking to people the difference between multiple types of feminism. I am use to being uncomfortable in rooms of white women who are also feminists and I am often triggered with polite patriarchy. I don’t mean by holding doors and not saying thank you, I mean highly literate men suddenly being interested in the women’s struggle and not picking up book like they would if they wanted to learn about anything else. But today am beyond uncomfortable, I am motivated by all the women who would be marching but are not for various reasons and the women whom will March and go back to their non-political lives.

Women and POC deal with so much shit everyday, that being said, I am so happy for all the folx who had a chance to scream and yell and tell people to fuck off, because historically there have been few spaces to do so. Fortunately for me this is something I do daily (with the support of my fierce ass sisters). Working in Reproductive Justice my day-to-day is asking patients how they arrived at the clinic and how I can help them. Everyday I meet 10-15 women and on some days 3-5 men who have made reproductive choices or would like to make reproductive choices that are require medical attention or medical facilitation. Therefore, the Women’s March on Washington seems like where I would want to be as a feminist who spends her days navigating sexual choice, family planning and sexual health literacy.

In the end I decided not to March. I decided I would not March for liberal feminist ideals. I decided I will not March for Hope, which is what many activists and organizers have created today a sense of hope for women and the future. The youth that have reminded us not to be afraid of Trump. For our immigrants rights activists, our water protects our uteri protectors this nation has failed you and one March will not change this. For our Muslim women who spoke today and reminded us of what is at stake for us this March will not protect you and your families. This is obvious, but these parade politics share the illusion of political power.

From a Facebook perspective, people watching the March could see commentators on this live feeds of DC stating “women already have rights, what are you arguing about?” This act of being oblivious is to me, the lowest tier of misogyny, but to many Americans this is where they are at. I agree that we must meet people where they’re at but rights are bullshit if not enforced by the state. What women don’t have is political power ! But that is not what people are demanding today, which is why I’m ranting.

For many women today is symbolic AF. Protesting the president, and this administration for some folks is about racism, living wages, sexism and reproductive access. Mobilization for these issues are great but each of these without the other futile if there is no end goal.

But can we ask ourselves why did it take this to get here? How many “rights” must be taken away for us to arm ourselves to protect our bodies?

Teaching our children civil disobedience is great and for many a monumental moment, but for some it is as far in the political sphere that some women will go, and for many who organized this March getting bodies on the ground is a great feat.

It is capitalism and imperialism and this nationalistic now fascist regime that is killing us, it is the nice police officer protecting himself who’s killing us, it is the woman who decides that that other women who need emergency services should have known better who is killing us, and the feeling of being on the streets among your peers is great when it is used for action, but by itself does not do anything.

For other women and queer folks who have been doing this work for a long time is it just another day. And for people who are not willing to continue this work, it is a day for many liberals to feel good about their participation in a parade. So you could say you were there.

But what happens after? When the police is still killing us, #PlannedParenthood still being defunded and millions of people will lose access to healthcare, we are still being deported?
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#Nastywomen (Hillary supporters) does not compare to poor woman, to black woman to undocumented women in this country and empowerment is great but does not directly build political power for these women but it does allow you to say pussyfoot without blushing. Women deciding to be vulgar break binary barriers, cool, do what makes you feel most empowered.The most marginalized women are still doing all the things they have today. These speeches do not change their circumstances.

But I am asking you to envision what will!

What can you do after today, how will we continue to organize to liberate our people.

 

 


Suggested Reading: “I’ll pass on “Unit and the Women’s March,” “Why I’m Skipping the Women’s March on Washington [OPINION]”  

Home: Return, Reclaim, Reframe

Home: Return, Reclaim, Reframe

An all-day healing experience that explores what it means to Return, Reclaim & Reframe our ideas of home. Join Casitas Wisdom, Harriet’s Apothecary, Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and Sister Circle Collective for workshops and drop-in activities on movement, plant medicine, oral and ancestral stories, art-making and a communal altar. An Afro-Puerto Rican meal by Chef Gabriela Àlvarez will reflect recipes of the diaspora and a performance by Legacy Women will ground us as we continue to fight for the liberation of ourselves and our peoples.

When: Saturday | December 3, 2016

Where: CCCADI’s Landmark Firehouse | 120 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035

Time: 11AM to 5PM

Admission: FREE | Includes free lunch for first 100 people

This event is brought to you by CCCADI, Friends of the Highline, Casitas Wisdom, Harriet’s Apothecary, Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and Sister Circle Collective.

*We currently do not have the capacity to provide childcare


#CIRCLEUP – Please join us and Harriet’s Apothecary for Manifestations of Home: Trauma and Transformation, an interactive, embodied, inter-generational circle exploring the manifestations of home within our legacies, our bodies, and the futures we co-create for liberation. Be sure to register here!

Volunteers are also needed! If you have the time and energy to co-create, please email us by November 30th at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com.