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Community gatherings may include talks, readings, spoken word poetry, music, ritual, meditative movement, and organized action.
Suggested donation: $10 - 30
Cash / Check (made out to "Inspired Life Counseling") / Venmo (@L-Tat)
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF PAYMENT
What to Expect!
This loose agenda will give you an idea of what to expect during our Gather CIA event
Invite: guided opening that involves grounding, breathing, and connecting to the sacred
Inspire: often a musical performance
Huddle: a message or reading by a member of our team or a guest
Connect: dyads for sharing our thoughts and getting to know each other
Movement: unguided portion of free form dance, yoga, writing, and whatever other contemplative enlivening practice you so choose
Share: opportunity to share your writing, poetry, song, or message
Call to Action: keeping each other informed about social justice or climate change needs and actions in our community, sharing about community and spiritual resources
Release: closing circle, ritual involving circle and song.
We are committed to making CIA an anti-racist space
The work of anti-racism is to uproot racism from within ourselves, within our communities, and within our institutions. In alignment with these values, we are currently working to:
Heal From White Supremacy and its Impacts: Engaging all white/white-passing members in addressing our internalized racial superiority, which began with the exploration of Layla Saad's White Supremacy and Me Workbook. Engaging white/white-passing members in a White Accountability Caucus and developing a Community Accountability process for all members in order to address microagressions and racist incidents within CIA in a transformative way. Supporting POC members of CIA in healing internalized racism and manifesting their power and joy.
Offer Reparations: Using any excess funds raised by CIA as reparations, giving them directly to community efforts and projects led by and serving people of color in the Ypsilanti area
Support POC Spaces and Leadership: Offering support (financially and logistically) for the development of POC-only healing/spiritual spaces and POC leadership of those spaces. Prioritizing POC leadership within CIA.
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