Join Thrive East Bay on Sunday, February 26th as we explore A Movement of Love & Resistance with guest speaker Taj James of Movement Strategy Center, guest performing artist Jennifer Johns who is recently back from South Africa,and the heart-opening Thrive East Bay Choir. In this time of deep political and social unrest, how can we build movements of love and resistance that lead us to a just and flourishing world for all?
Thrive East Bay is a community of people committed to personal and social transformation. We are informed by modern science and ancient wisdom, infused with a deep sense of purpose and interconnectedness, and focused on social change. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds as we engage in personal growth, shared learning, and collective action.
What: Thrive East Bay Sunday events are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a world that works for all.
When: Sunday, February 26th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Where: Oakstop in downtown Oakland next to the 19th Street Bart station
1721 Broadway #201
Oakland, CA 94612
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)
Theme: A Movement of Love & Resistance
Co-Hosts: Aryeh Shell & Rajiv Khanna
Music: the Thrive East Bay Choir (directed by Kyle Lemle)
Guest Speaker: Taj James is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Movement Strategy Center. Taj launched MSC in 2001, asking the question "How do we weave together the strands of the progressive community into a progressive movement capable of winning lasting policy and social change?" In his decade of leadership with MSC, Taj has been proud to help launch and support new alliances such as Strong Families and the Climate Justice Alliance. Taj has also played a key role in building new funding collaboratives and strategies to increase investment in grassroots organizing and alliance building. These initiatives include California Fund for Youth Organizing, Move to End Violence Initiative, California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Building Healthy Communities. A graduate of Standford University, Taj was a recipient of a Next Generation Leadership Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and was named a "Local Hero" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Guest Artist: Jennifer Johns is an Oakland based afro-diasporic singer that is sure to stir your soul, inspire your mind and move your body. She has shared stages worldwide with some of the best in the business including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Capelton, Ziggy Marley, and Gil Scott Heron to name a few.
Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you are called to and able to.
Food: Please bring a tasty vegan snack or treat to share with others during the social hour following the program.
RSVP here if you're able to attend. Please feel free to invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here.
Children's Program & Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our children's program or childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
the Thrive East Bay Team
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