“I feel my internal form loosening, structures softening, as if they’re saying
“Yes. I can release that which no longer serves.”
The Allies for Life community works to directly uproot the causes and effects of oppression in interpersonal relationships as the result of conscious or unconscious oppressive acts, beliefs & behaviors as a path to creating sustainable social justice.
The mission is threefold:
1) increase individual capacity for successfully navigating situations of either witnessing and/or personally experiencing oppression;
2) decrease individual capacity for acting out patterns of harm and oppression by releasing trauma & attuning our nervous systems to empathy;
3) co-create a culture of healing solidarity by charging people with their response-able capacities for compassion, empathy for self and others, and discerning loving-kindness, so that society may be seeded with these gifts.
Allies for Life directly addresses some of the root causes and effects of harm in interpersonal relationships as the result of conscious or unconscious oppressive acts, beliefs & behaviors about race and other intersecting social identities.
This experiential workshop is for people and organizations interested in becoming more effective partners in the fight against institutional & interpersonal oppression by co-creating liberating beliefs, systems & practices.
Allies for Life is an intersectional workshop that covers:
contemporary racism & historical racism;
identifying racism in interpersonal interactions;
micro-aggressions & helping others engage allyship; &
Core Concepts to keep in mind when engaging the work;
while recognizing racism to be only one of the tools of oppression.
The Allies for Life framework affirms that the discussion of race will inherently invite discussions of class, gender, sexuality, culture, justice, politics, the environment, and their -isms: classism, sexism, victimization & criminalism, nationalism, capitalism, ableism, etc., which are some big words, most of which can simply be translated to mean unnecessary suffering for some caused by the beliefs & acts of others.
The Allies for Life framework also affirms that understanding the dynamics of oppression in one category will cross-over and facilitate being able to understand, recognize and respond to oppression of all natures and that the principles & practices can be applied to most societal -isms.
The workshop incorporates discussion, journaling, meditation, constellation theory, creative processing, action planning, and somatic experiencing.