Friday, February 04, 2011

Healing from Racism: Addressing the Shadow of Internalized Racism

This was posted to a group I belong to. If you believe, as I do, that African people need healing, you will be interested in this.

See also: Why We Need to Heal.

The Hattie Carthan Community Market invites you to attend a Black History Month public health racism series: Healing through Learning//Unlearning Racism,

Facilitated by urban farmer/visionary bridger and council facilitator Yonnette Fleming.

To create a learning curriculum based on your community's needs, cultural readiness reading list or to request a multidimensional workshop or council series for your group please call 718-638-3566.

@2009 Programs for Community Resilience Workshop topics: Community gardening,, Community building, Ancestor healing/reconciliation ceremonies, plant based nutritional healing, feminine empowerment, herbalism, Urban Agriculture as a tool for community revitalization,animal husbandry, food justice, practical and theory of music, Mindful drumming, sound medicine healing, Reiki I II III, Energy medicine.

DATES: Part I Feb 12th 2011 11am to 3pm,

Part II Feb 26th 2011 11am to 4pm

PLACE: MAGNOLIA TREE AND EARTH CENTER Great Room (Parlor Floor) 677 Lafayette Avenue Bet Marcy & Tompkins GG Bedford/Nostrand B38 Marcy or Tompkins

Suggested Donation $7

Let's get to the heart of the U.S slavery system by learning about how this system worked and why it was introduced in the Americas. We will view a documentary about Africans in the Americas, examine key principles of racism and work through our own heart stories of rage, anger and pain in community council.

The African drums will be employed to help us work out our collective pain.

Our world faces a crisis. Everywhere people are oppressing and killing each other because they are different colors, speak different languages, follow different religions and ideologies. Many people are working to solve the problem of racism in the U.S from the confines of their offices , addressing the problem mostly in intellectual reductionist ways, while still upholding the basic tenets of it. Come share from the heart about the ways that you have seen racism work.

Extend your understandings to include how racism also affects the choices of food that we find in our communities and the high level of stress that people of color face in their everyday existence.

What to Bring: Notepads, African Drums, ancestral representations, tissues.

Sessions begin with libation. We'll TALK IT OUT! Then DRUM it OUT! Warm herbal beverage & grounding African food will be provided.

Community council is a traditional method of connecting and exploring individual and systemic issues. This method has been used by indigenous societies for centuries and is particularly suitable for land dispute resolution issues and to remove cultural barriers within communities. In a community council people are encouraged to speak from the heart. The symbolism of the circle establishes no dominance by any party and has no beginning or end.

Supporters: Hattie Carthan community market & Just Food

Healing from Racism: Addressing the Shadow of Internalized Racism

February 26th 2011 11am to 4pm

Workshop 11am to 1pm Community workday 2pm-4pm at Hattie Carthan garden

Marcy Avenue & Clifton Place


Please join us in examining the theoretics of Internalized racism and identify ways of working through this collective shadow which stands in the way of our individual emergence and group liberation. Every hurt/mistreatment if not discharged fully (healed), creates a distinct spiritual wound which, when restimulated pushes a person through the re-enactment of the original distress experience.

Internalized racism has been the primary means by which people of color have been forced to perpetuate and agree to their own oppression. This form of racism causes us to turn our distress patterns upon ourselves, our family, our community leaders, against other people of color. It is safe to conclude that Patterns of internalized oppression severely stands in shadow of our collective healing, empowerment and justice. The process of healing from a system of oppression in which the material, intellectual, spiritual and emotional resources of one people are put in service of another through force, deception and disrespect for their ways must be addressed on all of these levels in order for healing to occur.


What to bring: Yoga mats, ancestral representations, water, tissues, gardening gloves. Warm healing soup will be provided at community workday site (Hattie Carthan community garden)

Supporters: Hattie Carthan community market & Just Food

"The trouble around difference is really about privilege & power - the existence of privilege & the lopsided distribution of power that keeps it going. The trouble is rooted in a legacy that we all inherited, and while we're here it affects us. It isn't our fault. It wasn't caused by something we did or didn't do. But now that it's ours, it's up to us to decide how we're going to deal with it before we collectively pass it along to the generations that follow ours."

Excerpt from Priviliege & Power - A Johnson

Hope to see you soon.

Yonnette Fleming

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