SISTERS BONDED IN ACTION
Now is the time to stand where you love and fight like hell. We find ourselves at the edge of a crumbling socio-political arrangement and a global extinction crisis. We are being impelled from every angle to step into our passion and power. If you are thirsting for an alliance of like-minds with whom to energize and amplify your voice, you are invited to join in this 6-part webinar hosted by Ayana Young, where some of the brightest leaders and movement builders will offer their assessment of the mess we’re in and the most meaningful ways of making change in these times.
Sisters Bonded in Action is a national network of local groups committed to the intellectual, emotional and tangible work of being an activist amid a languishing paradigm. The intention behind this webinar is to provide emerging activists with a foundation for their craft, and/or to prepare any interested women to lead a local group of their own. If you are interested in facilitating your own local chapter we ask that you participate in the entire webinar. Each segment of the Webinar is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first hour will feature interview-style presentations by outstanding guests speakers, followed by audience questions and comments.
Each webinar is $5, or you can join us for all 6 for $25 (scroll down to the bottom for All Access Pass). Half of the proceeds will be given to the guest speakers. Committed organizers need financial support in addition to our loving presence, as their work is tireless and often unpaid. The other half will go to replanting the great redwood forests of southern Cascadia.
The webinar is a safe space for women and the LGBTQIA community.
*NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACKS OF FUNDS - If would like to attend but cannot afford to donate, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the button "Sister Pass"
Barbara Jefferson on POWER, OPPRESSION & INTERSECTIONALITY
Barbara Jefferson is a Seattle-based queer black “experience designer” and facilitator specializing in leadership, collective healing, and community development. A lead trainer with Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and with the group Generation Waking Up, Barbara is also a full-time business student and the co-host of Black Folk's Dinner Seattle, a monthly potluck dinner party.
Jade Begay and Lyla June on DECOLONIZING & RECLAIMING INDIGINEITY
Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), a social impact filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Santa Fe, NM, deeply committed to amplifying Indigenous and marginalized voices, works to help bring forth real solutions from within these communities to achieve ecological balance. Jade's most recent work has been done in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Resource Media, and several other organizations.
Lyla June Johnston was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. Her personal mission in life is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. Lyla June ultimately attributes any achievements to Creator who gave her the tools and resources she uses to serve humanity.
She currently lives in Diné Tah, the Navajo ancestral homeland which spans what is now called New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She spends her free time learning her engendered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge.
Natasha Marin, Mollie Crittenden & Rain Crowe on DISMANTLING SYSTEMIC WHITE SUPREMACY
Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist and digital engagement specialist. Her work connects her with creative thinkers and doers all over the planet. IRL, far from the relative safety afforded to her by an avatar, her intersections include being assigned female at birth and being non-white-identified. She appreciates people who demonstrate a lifelong love of learning by asking thoughtful questions. Her recent project, Reparations (www.reparations.me/press), is a social experiment exploring alternative economies, community-care, and intersectional privilege. She is the author of Milk, Creator of #WomanCentered, Red Lineage, & Midnight Tea and can be reached online at www.natasha-marin.com.
Mollie Crittenden has worked for the past eighteen years as a K-12 Mollie Crittenden has worked for the past twenty years as a K-12 educator. After majoring in Ethnic Studies, earning two teaching credentials and Masters Degree in Education, she has been a bilingual elementary school teacher, high school English teacher, and now is in her thirteenth year of directing a Community Engagement Program in a high school in San Francisco. She infuses her understanding of systemic racism and different aspects of oppression in the teaching she does about social justice and cultural competency concepts. Mollie also teaches groups of white adults with The UNtraining, an organization that works specifically with the internal aspects of white liberal racism. She has also presented at the White Privelege Conference and leads an ongoing "understanding Whiteness" teacher group at the high school where she teaches. She is a certified integral life coach, and works individually with people in their process of transformational unfolding. Mollie is the mother of two biracial, African-American young boys, practices meditation, connects to nature regularly, and volunteers with non-profit organizations in the bay area. She is committed to embodying love, compassion, and connection in all the work she does.
rain crowe teaches from a body of work dedicated to cultivating the arts of interdependent relationships through group facilitation, mediation, education, and priestessing. She is a regenerative culture events organizer who engages with spiritual, political, rewilding, and intentional communities all over the country. She teaches and writes about magic and ritual, the ancestral skills of council making, conflict transformation, systems thinking in radical organizing, and ecstatic connection to the sacred. She is a 45 year old queer witch and lives on unceded ancestral Multnomah & Takelma lands. She is actively involved in unsettling herself and her worlds while calling into being the Refugium Village Mystery School and Dream Temple-her life's work and most fervent vision.
Yasmin Christopher and Bre Weider on EXERTING & EXPANDING OUR RIGHTS
Yasmin Christopher is currently a Legislative Aide to Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal. As a recent graduate of Seattle University Law, she was also a Spring 2014 Legal Extern with the Honorable Justice Mary Yu, during her final months in King County Superior Court, a Fall 2013 law clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Summer 2013 policy fellow at the Polaris Project, an organization that takes a comprehensive approach to human trafficking, based in Washington D.C. She is also currently Vice President of the OneAmerica Board, a national delegate for We Belong Together, an organization that advocates for immigration rights as a women’s equality issue, and an International Ambassador to the Bangladesh Work Camps Association, an organization that works to foster quality cultural exchange experiences in her native Bangladesh.
Yasmin has also lent her voice and personal family history to raise awareness about human trafficking. She was a part of a King County Metro Bus public service announcement campaign in 2013 and has traveled the state giving lectures at various colleges on her family’s experience and possible public policy improvements on the issue. In addition, Yasmin has donated her time and artwork to various fundraising events through her collaboration with the Refugee Women’s Alliance and the International Rescue Commission that work to provide direct services to trafficking survivors here and abroad. She also has co-founded and continues to consult for an aspiring organization, ASHHO, to work on building resilient communities by providing comprehensive trainings to the community, businesses, agencies, and youth on how to recognize and appropriately respond to Human Trafficking while focusing on prevention and protection.
Bre Weider is a Seattle native who grew up volunteering on Election Day with her parents. Bre's upbringing grounded her with a deep belief in social justice and progressive politics.
In 2014 Bre graduated from Western Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Throughout college Bre held numerous internships and worked for Organizing for America in 2012, as an organizer. Since her graduation; Bre has worked for three elected officials, managed two campaigns, and has worked as a Planned Parenthood organizer. She also spends time serving on two PAC boards and volunteers with the local democratic party. Bre's strengths are in community based collaboration, data analysis, community organizing, and communications. Bre feels impassioned when she is working for racial equity within structural institutions. When Bre isn’t working she enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.
Malia Hulleman and Heather Milton Lightening on DIRECT ACTION FROM THE GRASSROOTS
Malia Hulleman is an environmental activist, Hawaiian native, water protector, and indigenous woman. She joined the Standing Rock Sioux on the front lines against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the face of human and environmental rights violations. Through changing the culture of disregard and disrespect of nature and indigenous people, her goal is to create a renewable and sustainable future for coming generations.
A lifelong steward of Native treaty lands and sovereign rights at home in Hawaii, she is an organizer with the Mauna Kea movement which is halting construction of the world’s largest telescope on Hawaii’s most sacred mountain.Her commitment to preserving the Hawaiian language is motivated by the similar suppression faced by Native Hawaiians and other Native Americans, including silencing of native language, theft of the most-fertile land, seclusion to low-income areas, and the robbing of ancestral diets.
While canvassing for the Bernie Sanders campaign, she traveled across the country with UpToUs, developing solutions with communities throughout the United States. Organizing with Rezpect Our Water, an indigenous youth movement, brought her to the front lines of Standing Rock where she endured violence by law enforcement with less-lethal weapons. She was maced three times at Standing Rock (each time, she says, it definitely does not get any better), and faced snipers.
Malia brings what she’s learned from the Standing Rock movement to nationwide goals such as adopting sustainable energy, and continuing to live a life of pono, or righteousness, as is said in Hawaiian. She inspires people to continue on the path towards permanently halting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers, despite setbacks and losses.
She inspires other women towards leadership with consideration for their neighbors and for the planet.
Heather Milton-Lightening. Heather Milton-Lightening has seventeen years of organizing experience from local issues to international campaigns. Heather was a founding member of Native Youth Movement-that empowered youth politically and socially to make change in their communities; based in Winnipeg, MB in 1995. She helped found Winnipeg's first Native youth organization called Aboriginal Youth with Initiative, Inc. in 1998 through her position as Associate Director. Heather then went on to found and build a national Native youth network that supported Native youth organizing across the US and Canada with the Indigenous Environmental Network based in northern Minnesota. She was a former member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Youth Advisory and has extensive experience in lobbying internationally through the United Nations and other International arenas on Indigenous Peoples issues. Heather's work since then has been to build capacity and find resources that help local Native communities. From funding board participation on the Funding Exchange Saguaro Fund and Honor the Earth; to helping build the Indigenous People's Power Project through the Ruckus Society that trains on non-violent direct action tools. Heather currently is the Co-Director for the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign out of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, ON.
Joanna Macy with Kailea Sonrisa & Morgan Curtis on KEEPING SANE & ACTIVE AMID MASS PSYCHOSIS
Joanna Macy Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learning from five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books
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