Announcing Our Summer Workshops
Paintings by Gwynne Duncan's for Herstory's Paintings for Justice archive
From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter/ This is Everybody’s Movement
Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM via ZOOM
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.
Health Justice and Healing in a Time of Pandemic
Mondays 6:30-8:30pm via ZOOM
Starting May 24th
This workshop will bring together health care providers, first responders and those who are most impacted by healthcare disparities to raise their voices to illuminate the entrenched social determinants, injustices and inequities that have become even more pronounced in the wake of COVID-19.
Freedom to Love and the Movements that Shape Us
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm via ZOOM
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.
Making Our Voices Heard/ Memoirs to (Re)Imagine Mental Healthcare
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm via ZOOM
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.
Our Cultures, Our Lives/ Memoir Writing to Create a Student Movement
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM via ZOOM
Starting May 26th
This workshop creates a vibrant and safe space for young people to raise their voices to illuminate the entrenched injustices and enduring strengths that have become even more pronounced in the wake of COVID-19. As high school and college students shape their stories side by side, they will write to discover their common humanity, while brainstorming as to how best to use their stories to create a movement for a just, better world.
Escucha nuestras voces/ Immigrant Stories for our Time
Todos los miércoles de 6:30 a 8:30 PM vía ZOOM
Este taller es ofrecido en español. El taller involucra, entre otros, a miembros de la comunidad de Rural & Migrant Ministry, Long Island Head Start, estudiantes de escuelas secundarias y de universidades, junto con estudiantes locales, participantes nacionales e internacionales quienes escriben en el idioma de sus sueños para construir puentes de acción y esperanza.
Memoir Writing to Heal our Communities, Spirits and Land
Thursdays 6:30- 8:30 PM via ZOOM
Starting May 27th
This workshop will engage farmers, environmental activists, workers from all parts of the food chain, students in the public humanities, land donors and community stakeholders who will come together to give voice to the personal stories that will help inform the creation of new solutions for a verdant, sustainable, and just use of our natural and human resources, wind, water, and land. Participants will be charged with helping to plan and roll-out popup events at farmers markets, community gardens, in front of food stores and at beaches.
Disabled and Strong/ Shaping Spaces to Create a Movement
Saturdays 3-5 PM EST via ZOOM
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.