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From Guatemala to Seattle: My Journey in Understanding Social Justice

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By Simone Evans

My experience in Guatemala was unforgettable. Volunteering at the hospital, dinner conversations with my host family that lasted for hours, and coming together with my peers was a transformative experience and changed me in ways I couldn’t anticipate. When I got home, I felt very inspired by my experience in Guatemala but I didn’t know what to do with these feelings. I wasn’t sure what the impact of the immersion would be on my life.

That changed when I attended a week-long workshop at The Tyree Scott Freedom School. It is a program the focuses on educating and teaching youth about oppression within our community towards people of color. Through activities and conversations at the Freedom School, I learned about injustice and the oppression facing others. We evaluated how racism is still prevalent today in the prison system, education system, and in our community. It was mind blasting because I thought I was aware of most injustices people of color were facing, but I learned that racism is more pervasive than I’ve ever known. The school was primary African American youth, but there were people of other ethnicities there as well. We did a power shuffle where they asked questions about our home life, and experiences we’ve faced in the world. Some questions like  “Do your parents own a house?” took you a step forward; other questions like “Were you surrounded by drugs?” took you a step back. By the end of the power shuffle, I was shocked. I am mixed race and I found myself in the middle of the spectrum, all of the Caucasian people were in the front, and most darker-skinned individuals were in the back. That was when the reality of our world hit me. I’ve always felt sympathy and empathy for others but now I understand oppression and struggle on a deeper level. I am more aware of the suffering of humankind; I now see innocent people are dying day by day, in situations similar to our fictional gruesome movies. Now, I am able to put myself in other people’s shoes and try to feel what others might be feeling as the result of oppression. Fighting oppression is something that has become very important to me, and I don’t think I would’ve ever felt this passionate without experiencing or seeing these things first hand.

I have continued to pursue this passion for social justice as a member of the Pro Justice team on the Youth Board. We are working to identify oppression issues in our everyday lives and learning how to address them. Our goal is our title, Pro Justice: to create a world where we all live equal amongst one another. A world where we aren’t judged by the way we were born. We are creating awareness, and although people may say, “you can’t change the world,” by every person we inspire, that’s one more person on the side of equality, one more person to spread the word. These experiences helped me realize the life I truly want to live, and the people that I want to live it with me. My experience with Global Visionaries and the Freedom School opened these doors for me and for that, I cannot thank them enough.

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Experiential Workshop Exploring Diversity, Nov. 2-3

Global Visionaries and The Mandala Center for Change jointly present:

Diversity: Evolving from Reality to Truth

Do you ever wonder

How does our gender, ethnicity, and other social group memberships affect our experience in the world and how others experience us? How can we work together to create a just and healthy world for all?

For anyone interested in re-humanizing humanity including community organizers, activists, teachers, social workers, therapists, workshop leaders, and more, this workshop explores the issues that surface under the general term “diversity”. Often associated just with race, this also includes gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, nationality, and more. Throughout the two-day workshop, you will develop a deeper awareness about societal systems, your own social rank and its impact on situations, as well as strategies to be become a more effective ally to yourself and others, whether it be around institutions or in your own personal life.

Despite the serious nature of the issues, the process is remarkably playful and experiential, employing interactive tools such as the Theatre of the Oppressed to generate an honest dialogue on systematic oppression – the “isms” – that divide people through inequity and injustice. Through story sharing and problem solving, our goal is to increase awareness, empathy, and empowerment towards action.

Date: Sat & Sun, November 2-3, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Room 206, El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave S, Seattle
Cost: $200

Participants in a workshop on the Theatre of the Oppressed in New York City:

To register, follow this link

For Program info only, contact the Mandala Center:
P: 360-344-3435 | E: info@mandalaforchange.com

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Meet the Facilitators:

Cheryl Harrison

Cheryl Harrison: Former and founding member of Seattle Public Theater’s Theater of Liberation Ensemble, Cheryl has been active in anti-oppression and empowerment work since the mid 1980’s. Cheryl has worked with an array of communities such as homeless youth, domestic violence survivors, school age youth, nurses, work transition programs (YWCA), as well as universities and colleges. Through her work Cheryl is committed to facilitating self-awareness and empowerment for individuals and communities as a means to create a world which values equity, understanding and compassion for all peoples around the world.

Marc Weinblatt

Marc Weinblatt: Formerly Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Public Theatre, Marc has been a professional educator, theatre artist, activist, and workshop facilitator since 1980. He is an internationally recognized leader in the use of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.) and has trained thousands in the use of the techniques through classes and trainings since the early 1990’s. Marc has worked with communities ranging from police to homeless youth, grassroots organizers and laborers to University deans. He also directs the multi-generational Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble which incorporates T.O. and Playback Theatre to generate community dialogue on social issues.

Diversity: Evolving from Reality to Truth– A participatory workshop featuring Theatre of the Oppressed

Global Visionaries and The Mandala Center for Change presents:

DIVERSITY: EVOLVING FROM REALITY TO TRUTH

A participatory workshop featuring Theatre of the Oppressed

Facilitated by Cheryl Harrison & Marc Weinblatt

When: Dec. 3-4; Sat & Sun 9 AM – 6 PM

Where: Seattle location TBA

Cost: $200

 

 

How does our gender, ethnicity, and other social group memberships affect our experience in the world and how others experience us?

How can we work together to create a just and healthy world for all people?

This popular workshop invites an exploration of the frequently challenging issues that surface under the general term “diversity”.  Often associated just with race, this also includes gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, nationality, and more.  Whether it be around institutions or in your own personal life, develop deeper awareness about societal systems, your own social rank and its impact on situations, as well as strategies to be become a more effective ally to yourself and others.

Through story sharing and problem solving, our goal will be increased awareness, empathy, and empowerment towards action.  Primary tools include Theatre of the Oppressed and other participatory tools to generate an honest and humane dialogue on systematic oppression (power-based analysis of the “isms”) that divide people through inequity and injustice.  The process will be highly experiential and driven by the wisdom and needs of the participants. Despite the serious nature of the issues, the process is remarkably playful.

This workshop is for community organizers, activists, teachers, social workers, therapists, workshop leaders, and anyone interested in re-humanizing humanity.

To register, contact:

Global Visonaries: (206) 322-9448; programs@global-visionaries.org

For Program info only, contact:

Mandala Center (360) 344-3435; info@mandalaforchange.com

Cheryl Harrison and Marc Weinblatt

Cheryl Harrison:

Former founding member of Seattle Public Theater’s Theater of Liberation Ensemble, Cheryl has been active in anti-oppression and empowerment work with people of all ages since the mid 1980’s and has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Using music, theater, lectures, and a variety of experiential activities both Theater of the Oppressed based as well as non-T.O. based, Cheryl has worked with a wide array of organizations and communities such as homeless youth and other marginalized social groups, domestic violence survivors, school age youth, nurses, work transition programs (YWCA), as well as universities and colleges. Some agencies and organizations include the State of Washington (DSHS and Department of Labor and Industries) the International Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conferences in New York, Nebraska, and Ohio, University of Minnesota, Kellogg Fellows, ACLU, Amnesty International, Wheaton College, PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), University of South Florida, Global Visionaries, Power of Hope, Labor Center at The Evergreen State College, and the Eastside Domestic Violence Program among others. Through her work Cheryl is committed to facilitating self-awareness and empowerment for individuals and communities as a means to create a world which values equity, understanding and compassion for all peoples around the world.

Marc Weinblatt:

Marc has been a professional educator, theatre artist, activist, and workshop facilitator since 1980 having extensive experience with both adults and youth. Formerly Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Public Theatre, Marc is an internationally recognized leader in the use of Augusto Boal’s ground breaking Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.) to stimulate community dialogue and social change. He has worked with diverse communities ranging from police to homeless youth, grassroots organizers and laborers to University deans. Internationally, Marc has worked with theatre activists in Canada, refugees in Azerbaijan, construction workers in South Africa, slum families in India, actors in the Republic of Congo, and victims of war, among others, in Afghanistan. Marc was recently named “Cultural Envoy” by the U.S. State Department for his work in the Congo in spring 2010.Marc regularly facilitates T.O. based diversity/ anti-oppression workshops in a wide variety of contexts across the U.S. with a commitment to bringing a deep sense of spirit and humanity into social justice work. He also directs the multi-generational Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble which incorporates T.O. and Playback Theatre techniques to generate community dialogue on burning social issues. One of Augusto Boal’s “multipliers”, Marc has trained thousands of people in the use of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques through his classes and annual week-long intensive trainings since the early 1990’s.

Global Visionaries Looking to Fill Spots for Intensive Program

The GV Intensive Program is perfect for students who want the leadership experience but don't have the time.

Are you a Seattle-area high school student interested in participating in GV’s Leadership Program and Guatemala experience but simply do not have the time?

If the answer is yes, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Global Visionaries Intensive Program is a condensed version of our highly successful year-long leadership development program. Through this experience, students will explore issues of social justice, participate in international service opportunities and develop leadership skills rarely given to today’s youth. Continue reading Global Visionaries Looking to Fill Spots for Intensive Program