Sun, Nov 26, 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
QTIPOC Sangha & Meditation Special Event
with Amita Swadhin
90.00 minutes
“Without community, there is no liberation.” -Audre Lorde This donation-based offering is a weekly meditation sangha to give queer, transgender, intersex and/or genderfluid/non-binary people of color a space in which to find stillness, solitude, and community during a time when our lives (and particularly the lives of Black and indigenous people) are more overtly in the crosshairs of violence from multiple fronts. The meditation practice will incorporate space for people to share their struggles and their strategies for self-care and community care, and will facilitate relationship building among people seeking to define “healing” and “wellness” in a context in which true safety is not attainable. The circle will use a politic of radical love as a guiding force, and incorporate spiritual teachings from Buddhism, other religious traditions, and QTIPOC artivists both living and dead. Ideally the group will rotate facilitators, but the space will be held and organized by Amita Swadhin.
About the teacher
Amita Swadhin is an educator, storyteller, activist and consultant dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. Their commitments and approach to this work stem from their experiences as a gender queer, femme queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and years of abuse by their parents, including eight years of rape by their father. They are a frequent speaker at colleges, conferences and community organizations nationwide, and a consultant with over fifteen years of experience in nonprofits serving low-income, immigrant and LGBTQI communities of color. They also support individual survivors as a coach focused on healing and social entrepreneurship via their online course Power, Pleasure, Purpose. Amita has been publicly out as a survivor of child sexual abuse since they interned at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women in 1997. Amita is largely bi-coastal, primarily based in Los Angeles. They were raised in Bergen County, NJ and lived in Brooklyn for 13 years prior to relocating to Southern California. From 2009-2012, Amita was the coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project featuring child sexual abuse survivors telling their stories, which she conceived for Ping Chong & Co., an award-winning performance company in New York City. In 2016, they received a two-year Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellowship, allowing them to launch Mirror Memoirs, an oral history project centering the stories, healing and leadership of LGBTQ people of color who survived child sexual abuse in social justice movements nationwide. In January 2017, they testified on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and LGBTQ Americans in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee against Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination as the US Attorney General. Amita is also a published author. Their writing has been featured on The Feminist Wire and The Huffington Post, and in the anthologies Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014) and Queering Sexual Violence (Magnus Books, 2016).

Sunday, November 26 at 6:45 pm
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