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For Our Community Members

Community members can come once or twice, to tell a particular story that needs to be told. Or continue week after week to shape stories for readings, web publications, or book length projects.

For Our Community Members

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For Our Students

Students can partake in these workshops for credit, as an internship, community service, or volunteer experience.

For Our Students

This 2-hour weekly intergenerational campus/community workshop, brings together neighborhood elders, young Dreamers, organizational activists, legislators, and college students with the goal of generating stories that will advance the movement for equity, inclusion and justice at this time when every one of our voices is needed to protect our most basic human rights.  

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Testify: Memoir as a Tool for Action
Regeneration, Resilience and Rebirth

Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm via ZOOM

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From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter 
This is Everybody’s Movement

Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm via ZOOM

Ongoing

This workshop offers a literary space for civil rights veterans of the 1960’s and young activists of today, to write and share their personal stories, lessons learned and visions and prescriptions for transformative social change.  New writers are invited to join this ongoing workshop, founded to engage activist elders in writing side by side with young people coming up through Black Lives Matter.  Join former sharecroppers, student activists, immigrant human rights and philanthropic leaders from Long Island, South Carolina, Arkansas, Washington DC, Maryland, New York City, Minnesota, California and more, to develop a story-based strategy around the work that transformed the nation, and our lives, that continues to redefine America today.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE JACOB VOLKMAN HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Ongoing

This intergenerational workshop creates a safe, vibrant space for people of all ages to shape their stories of the many ways of loving in an ever-changing, ever-evolving landscape, with the goal of bringing their stories into the worldwide struggle for full human rights.  It brings together LGBTQ, and Feminist activists to share the individual stories that make up their movements. Activists young and old, experienced and new, are welcome to join our growing writing circle exploring the changes in these movements over the decades, as they find a commonality and strength in their struggles and triumphs.

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Freedom to Love
and the Movements that Shape Us

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm via ZOOM

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Making Our Voices Heard
Memoirs to (Re)Imagine Mental Healthcare

Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm via ZOOM

Ongoing

This workshop invites people who have been affected by the mental healthcare system, who may identify as mad, psychiatric survivors, psychiatric consumers, or neurodivergent, to write their memoir in a mad-affirming, human rights-driven, supportive environment. In this workshop, we will combat stigma and discrimination through the power of storytelling to change hearts, minds, and policies. We invite you to join us to use the power of your voice to (re)shape our mental healthcare system and (re)imagine care.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MALKA FUND

Shaping Spaces

Disability Stories to Create a Movement

Saturdays 3:00-5:00 pm via ZOOM

Ongoing

This intergenerational workshop is building a space for disabled people and disabled activists to shape their stories in community with other people with disabilities. This group is open to anyone who identifies as having a disability, be it physical, cognitive, neurodiversity, madness, mental illness, chronic illness, or any other disability experience. Join us in crafting stories and pushing toward a more just world for disabled people.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MALKA FUND

OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY

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As we approach a new season, we are so moved by the way our writers have been using the ZOOM platform to bridge the multitude of distances that have set us apart, as the act of passing along the dare to care--  the cornerstone of Herstory’s method and magic—creates connectedness, community across an ever-widening geographical landscape, while each new piece of writing adds to the movement for equity, inclusion and compassion,  and the restoration of our most basic human rights, one story at a time.

 

As we continue to offer our workshops online, even as we open in person in the jails and schools, there is a silver lining in that we are no longer bound by the difficulties posed by the lack of accessibility to transportation and the endemic segregation of our neighborhoods, each in its own silo.