We believe that 462 Halsey and other green spaces hold a lot of healing energy. We would like to open our space Wednesday, July 20 from 4pm - 8pm, for members of our community who are grieving, processing, ruminating. While we understand that the discord in our country today affects everyone, our intention for this event is to create a healing space specifically for people of color in our community.
We hope to create space that acknowledges that the depth and consistency of grieving, and that the daily pressures brought forth by systemic racism and white supremacy do not affect all of us in the same way. We have no existing program or structure set for this event as yet, but if anyone has something in mind, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the facebook event page. We hope to create space for an organic healing experience to evolve, and would like for participants to guide it as much as possible. We will provide food, beverages, speakers for music, sage for burning and our healing space.
We ask that everyone please respect this. Help us create a safe, healing space where affected people can process freely. Holding an event for people of color may seem exclusionary. We believe there is an enormous difference between exclusion and giving respectful space for grief. Before we can truly unify, we need to allow time and space for healing. Sensitivity to the very real pain of people who deal with daily and inter-generational oppression is a very important step.
This event is not an indictment of any individual, but rather an acknowledgment of and response to existing social structures - specifically racism and white supremacy. We invite white people who seek to be a part of this event to do so by playing supportive roles. Help us uphold the sanctity of this event. That could look like preparing food or drinks, bringing healing herbs before the event or helping out with childcare during the event. Please let us know if you want to help by emailing us at email@example.com.
This can be the first of many events we host related to community healing. Please let us know that if you are interested by commenting below or sending an email. If anyone wants to discuss these ideas further, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.