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Trusting in Our Capacity to Respond: Sensory Awareness and Anti-Racism
October 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - October 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm PDT
A Benefit Workshop for the Equal Justice Initiative
With Lee Klinger Lesser and Jarvis Jay Masters from Death Row in San Quentin Prison, if he is able to join by phone.
Online through Zoom.
Contact: Lee Klinger Lesser at firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-307-6043
All funds will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative
Sliding Scale: $160, 120, 80
The heart of Sensory Awareness practice is living an awake and responsive life. The crises we are facing now in our culture and on our planet are urgent and demand that we wake up and respond. This weekend workshop is a benefit fundraiser for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) (https://eji.org/) EJI was founded by Bryan Stevenson and is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in the American Society. The United States has done very little to acknowledge the legacy of slavery, lynching and racial segregation that is woven into the fabric of our country and has a huge impact on what is happening now. EJI has created the National Memorial for Peace and Justice to remember the more than 4400 African American victims of lynchings in our country and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration as an engine for education about the legacy of racial inequality and for the truth and reconciliation that leads to real solutions to contemporary problems.
We cannot heal what we are not willing to address.
Jarvis Jay Masters, my good friend, who is a longtime meditator and Buddhist practitioner, and lives on Death Row at San Quentin prison will join us for part of the workshop by telephone if he is able. He will speak about his own practice and what sustains him as he continues to fight for his life.
Over the weekend we will explore Sensory Awareness practice, cultivate the ability to come to quiet and rely on our sensations to help us listen, keep our hearts open and move into action.
A resource list of anti-racism readings, videos and organizations will be offered.