Gathering Our Journey’s Wisdom

Peace Community–

We’re please to invite you to join us for our final workshop, Gathering Our Journey’s Wisdom, as a part of The First Line of Defense Is Our Bodies series! The final session will focus on the energies of the Fall Equinox, and will be intergenerational space with filled with music, food and discussion. The session, facilitated by Ynanna Djehuty, will utilize writing and other mediums that will help participants identify how their identities have been influenced by their personal and collective histories.

When: Saturday, October 3rd starting at 5pm.
Where: Justice Center en El Barrio, 1637 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-first-line-of-defense-is-our-bodies-closing-workshop-tickets-18786645362

About the Justice Center en El Barrio:

The Justice Center en El Barrio is a dynamic new space for social justice and community organizing, committed to building the people’s movements. The Justice Center is home to five organizations focused on everything from fitness justice, to fighting police brutality, recovering workers’ unpaid wages and defending women’s reproductive rights. Regular programs include community forums, book clubs, film showings, free and low cost fitness classes and open mics.

About Ynanna Djehuty:

Ynanna Djehuty is an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife, reproductive health activist and writer. The focus of her work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora. Ynanna is the creator of These Waters Run Deep, a multimedia journey into the lives and struggle of Afro-descendant women. Using reproductive and maternal health as a lens,These Waters Run Deep artfully weaves narratives that highlight the socio-political landscape by through which women of color have learned to endure for generations. In October 2009, the Afro-Dominican speaker published ‘Hija De Mi Madre’ (My Mother’s Daughter), a combination of memoirs, poems and research material focusing on the effects of race on identity. Ynanna is the co-founder and associate editor of La Galería Magazine, an online publication for Dominicans of the Diaspora.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

Much love,
the SCC

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The Healing Wisdom of Herbs – Update!

We’re excited to share more details on The Healing Wisdom of Herbs, the next session of  our workshop series!

The session will focus on identifying herbs, healthy living, and much more in collaboration with a community garden in Harlem.  The facilitator will be Core Sister Glenda Ullauri, who’s work involves intergenerational programming in urban agriculture and food justice that is guided by the unconditional love for our pachamama and compassion for all living things and ancestors.

This session will be very similar to last summer’s Cultivation Circle, which can you find a clip of below. More details can be found in the flyer below and on the Eventbrite page.

Be sure to reserve your spot at this session here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Much love,
the SCC

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Healing Through Movement Workshop Update

We’re thrilled to share that the facilitator for Saturday’s workshop is Rosangel Perez of the Perez Sisters!

The Perez Sisters are the owners of the beautiful metaphysical boutiqueBotanikal, where they offer an array of services, sell stones, incense, and more. Rosangel Perez is a shamanic movement coach and the radio host of Cafecito Break.

The session will focus on gentle easy movements, breath work, chanting, laughter, and meditation enhanced by a music selection intended to “get you out of your head” and into your body. This class is not based on technique– it’s foundation and intention is gratitude, feeling, and acceptance of your sacred sexy self.

For more details, secure your spot for this workshop by registering here.

Metrocards are available for those in need. We look forward to seeing you!

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The First Line of Defense Is Our Bodies

THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS OUR BODIES: A WORKSHOP SERIES

Join us for our first ever workshop series!

<><>BACKGROUND<><>
We believe in a holistic health and healing perspective; health and healing is not just about an individuals physical body, but also their mind and spirit in relation to the communities and spaces they find themselves in. In this workshop series we will hold space to talk about self-care, communal care, healthy relationships, and decolonized sisterhood.

Each workshop in the series is focused on a different aspect; communal meals, learning about self-care elements, healing through movement, and storytelling. We aim that all participants will share and create knowledge that deconstructs our current beliefs about health and healing.

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All of the workshops are free with an RSVP!
All workshops are for women and girls unless otherwise specified.
We have metrocards available for those in need! Please email us at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com for details.
Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions.

Questions? Call: 507-339-4469

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August 22nd: Introductory Workshop and Communal Meal
Location: 369 E 149th st., 11th fl (BX)
Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-first-line-of-defense-is-our-bodies-a-workshop-series-tickets-18161602843

September 5th: Healing Through Movement
Location: TBA
Sign up here: Link coming soon

September 19th: Herb Identification and Elements of Self-Care
Location: TBA
Sign up here: Link coming soon

October 3rd: Fall Equinox – Final Workshop
Location: TBA
Sign up here: Link coming soon

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Thank you to Citizens Committee for New York City for making this possible!

An Open Letter to the President of City College

Gender Resource Center Campaign

An Open Letter to the President of City College

May 6, 2015

President Lisa,

Today, on May 6th at 12pm, you were supposed to be present for a meeting, that you had called, with the organizers of the Gender Resource Campaign, the Undergraduate Student Government, and key members of the administration. This meeting was a culmination of our struggle to establish a Gender Resource Center for the survivors of gender-based violence on the campus of City College during which we were to discuss next steps in the creation of a physical space and the services that will be provided. This meeting’s date and time was moved multiple times, and despite the uncertainty and disadvantages that this has caused us, we are present here today. However, YOU have chosen at the last possible moment to NOT attend the meeting that YOU called.

Your decision to not go through with the meeting…

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Town Hall with the Gender Resource Center Campaign

On behalf of the Gender Resource Center Campaign, we’re pleased to invite you to:

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Gender Resource Center – Town Hall

Thursday, April 2nd beginning at 6pm in Shepard Hall 350

An important dialogue with student leaders and community health leaders on the need for services and healing spaces to combat gender-based violence on campus. 

Confirmed speakers: 

– Stephanie Petit Homme, City College Alumni and past coordinator of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence at City
– Chanel L. Porchia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC, Founder/Executive Director of Ancient Song Doula Services
– Adjoa Sankofia Tetteh, MA, CHES, CLC, Sexuality & Breastfeeding Educator

Moderators: 

– Kira Rakova of the Student Mental Health Initiative 
– Priya Shajan of Students for Educational Rights 

If you want to know more about the GRC Campaign and why it’s so important to the Sister Circle Collective, swing by! 

See you then!

#FeministsOnTheMove – Press Release

image Media contact:   Veronica Agard – veronica.agard@gmail.com AF3IRM & SISTER CIRCLE COLLECTIVE CALL FOR A STRONG WOMEN’S PRESENCE, WOMEN’S VOICE AT THE MILLION PEOPLE’S MARCH NEW YORK:   From 92-year-old Pearlie Golden, killed in Atlanta, to seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, killed in Detroit, Michigan, police violence has impacted and continues to impact the lives of  black women and girls, as well as queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people.   It is time, says AF3IRM NYC and the Sister Circle Collective, to pay attention. Under the hashtag #feministsonthemove, the two organizations are inviting women, queer, trans, and genderqueer folk, as well as allies, to help create a strong woman’s contingent for the 13th December Million People March against police brutality.  Participants are asked to gather at Washington Square North/5th Avenue at 1 pm. We are asking anyone who would like to join to wear purple as a sign of unity in this struggle. “The message is simple:  state violence directly affects black women and girls, queer, trans and gender nonconforming people. The violence against black women and girls, queer, trans and gender nonconforming people, has been persistent and ranges from physical mauling to sexual assault.  It is time to acknowledge this and add it to our understanding of state violence and police brutality,”   said Olivia Canlas of AF3IRM NYC. “We cannot change what we do not name.   The violence against black women and girls, including queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, has been with us for as long as such violence was inflicted upon black men.  It is as significant an aspect of state violence and police brutality,” said  Lanai Daniels of Sister Circle  Collective. Police brutality against black women, girls , queer, trans and gender nonconforming people occurs in practically all states of the United States.  Yvette Smith, 47, was killed in Texas;  Nizah Morris, 47, was killed in Philadelphia; Miriam Carey, 34, was killed in Washington, DC;  Rekia Boyd, 22, was killed in Chicago;  Kayla Moore, 42, was killed in Berkeley, California; Tarika Wilson, 26, was killed in Ohio;  Alberta Spruill, 57, was killed in New York as was Shereese Frances, 30.  We seek to call their names on the streets and the names of many others who have been murdered by law enforcement. The intent in calling attention to the constant police violence against black women, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people is to be inclusive, not divisive. It is to acknowledge the black women leadership of this movement, the anti-black racism prevalent in many communities of color and to show solidarity across racial and ethnic lines and the intersections we hold as women, girls, queer, trans and gender nonconforming people. Importantly, it is to recognize that minority communities, especially the Black community, is systematically  targeted as a whole, but that there are special actions directed against black women and girls, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people in particular. One such case involved Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma police officer, who has been charged with sexually assaulting seven African-American women.  He is also accused of burglary and felonious stalking.  He is currently out on bail. “When we say #blacklivesmatter, that includes black women’s lives, black girls’ lives and the lives of black queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.  State violence, as manifested by police brutality, is not piecemeal,” said Veronica Agard  of Sister Circle Collective. The women’s contingent is both an expression of active participation in the opposition to the murder of black men and a statement of protest against state violence inflicted upon black women, girls, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.   —  # #blacklivesmatter #blackwomenslivesmatter #feministsonthemove #holditdown #assatataughtme #angelataughtme www.af3irm.org; nynj@af3irm.org https://www.facebook.com/AF3IRMNYC http://www.sistercirclelcollective.org ; sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/SisterCircleCollective