BALTIMORE GIRLS A Super Sister Circle

Join transformation Diva Stephanie Safiyatou Edwards as she brings BALTIMORE GIRLS back to our healing space once again to illuminate Souls. Take time out for revolutionary self care to exhale in authentic Baltimore Girls style. Release, Refresh and Rejuvenate our senses as we will laugh, cry, sing and shout.

Date: March 5, 2017
Time: 3 pm – pm
Cost: Free Come
Bring: Your Authentic Self

Support Policy Action

Conscious Expansion

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) a Grassroots Think Tank is celebrating, thanking and engaging their supporters with an Asante Celebration. Please join us as we host their Friend Raising and Stakeholder forum. LBS’ leadership team will also speak about their current advocacy work in Baltimore. This is a direct opportunity to support policy action!

Enjoy a delicious menu from the Terra Cafe, and an OPEN BAR.

Dance to the music of our house DJ Spirulina Green and enjoy performances by local poets and musical artists.

Date: February, 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door
*Purchase tickets

Race Matters

Cultural Hegemony

What is Cultural Hegemony? It’s when socially powerful people use their influence to convince less powerful people that it is in their best interest to do what is actually in the most powerful people’s best interest, that’s Hegemony.

How have we as individuals supported Cultural Hegemony in our organizations, systems and communities?

Many of us unknowingly support this system of oppression. It’s part of what we know as Internalized Racial Oppression.

Please join us for an exploration about our individual and collective role in Hegemony and how Internalized Racial Oppression serves as a function toward this end.

Date: Sunday February 26, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

A Family Friendly Afro Beat Day Party

#FelaFestBaltimore

Join The Living Well family as we celebrate Freedom Fighters who resisted oppressive regimes of government.

Fela Kuti was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on October 15, 1938, in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Kuti was the son of a Protestant minister, Reverend Ransome-Kuti. His mother, Funmilayo, was a political activist. Fela was a multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and a political activist. We want to celebrate his contribution to our legacy and engage our community to resist, engage and activate our collective power.

This celebration is important as we organize to fight against policies that undermine our collective humanity.

This Day Party is family friendly. We look forward to seeing you in your fly Dashiki.

We will also have a Vendor Village. If you are interested in vending please send your request to admin@livewellbemore.com or call 410.212.5953 for an application. The vendor fee is $50.00.

Date: February 19, 2017
Doors open at 2:00 pm
Cost: $12.00 via Paypal at admin@livewellbemore.com
$15.00 at the door.
[Eventbrite tickets click here.]

This event is sponsored in part by Reflection Eternal Barbershop and the Grind House Juice Bar.

DJ: Spirulina Green on the 1s & 2s

Resist. Activate. Engage.

We want to engage the community’s voice and support the efforts of our stakeholders with a physical space to meet and organize, providing a platform to amplify social justice efforts and initiatives.

This mixer is designed to bring together individuals who are looking to identify people, organizations and initiatives with the same mission and desire to get involved to further activate a movement of resistance.

We invite you to join us with activist and organizer Brittany Oliver for an evening of engagement on:

Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lite fare – BYOB
RSVP: admin@livewellbemore.com by February 20th

Building Resiliency and Promoting Healing in Communities through Implementation of Trauma-Informed Approach

Please view our response to the Baltimore Uprising the morning after: https://youtu.be/rBwJOzmt44A

We sought counsel from a trusted mental health advisor who had deep roots in the community working with trauma. We also attended Trauma Informed Care Train the Trainer provided by NASMHP.

We engaged the community in Conflict Transformation using ritual theater and artistic engagement.

Engage Grassroots Community Healers. We provided space and resources for community healing talk backs and listening circles.  These circles engaged in a listening process with out judgement or response.

It’s important to create opportunities for the community to define what healing and resiliency means. Ask for input to define metrics for measuring healing and community level change.

Identify community partners and stakeholders!  We recognize that the process for exploring a City wide strategy could be a challenging process.  Identifying those who are working without benefit of funding and human capital is the key to community engagement.

Create a common language that doesn’t further the stigmatization of trauma and mental wellness.

Identify a TIC SWOT Analysis.  Work with City, faith organizations, educational institutions to support the planning and analysis process.

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Black Legislative Agenda Day

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle will convene their 3rd Annual Black Legislative Agenda Day: From the Baltimore Grassroots. Those of us working in the grassroots can use this as an opportunity to work collaboratively on efforts in Annapolis to support legislation that will help our communities.

We ask that colbsfistcommunity organizations contact LBS about what they are working on during the MD Generally Assembly and we will designate time for each group to present what they are working and will have an opportunity to answer questions from the community and ask for people to help with your project.

We look forward to your participation.

If you would like to present on your particular issue at the forum, please fill out the online form so we can have your information:

https://lbsbaltimore.wufoo.com/forms/q1kevwto0dibeid/

When: December 17th, 11am to 1pm

Where: The Living Well, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, MD 21202

 

BeMore Community Sings

everyoneisintheroomSong lives in us all and is a part of our everyday lives in more ways than we realize. For centuries, people have used singing as a coping mechanism and healing tool, including Africans during the Middle Passage and Native Americans during the journey on the Trail of Tears. A pilot study published in the British Journal of Nursing found that singing contributes to reduction in the anxiety and depression that many patients experience following a major surgery and is worth prescribing before antidepressants. The Community Sings Listening Circles brings people of all ages and skill levels together to create beautiful music… no experience is necessary. The only prerequisite is a love of music and song!

Lea Gilmore, is a blues, gospel and jazz singing civic activist who has lent her voice, literally and figuratively, to advocacy for the undeserved of the world and made a huge difference. Lea was chosen by ESSENCE MAGAZINE as one of “25 Women Shaping the World.” A former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and Program Director for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, in addition Ms. Gilmore has testified before local, state and federal commissions on issues ranging from immigration laws to the civil rights and liberties of women of color. A native of Baltimore, Ms. Gilmore has lead concerts, choirs and singing circles around the world.

When: Dec 20th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Cost: $5

Handmade Holiday

Please suppohandmadeholidayposter2rt our signature community economic empowerment event Handmade Holiday.  This is our 8th year bringing together local artisans, designers, chefs, etc. to stimulate the local economy.   We are asking that you consider the current political climate and shift your spending habits. By purchasing holiday gift items from local artist and creatives you are supporting a movement.

We are hosting 40 vendors in our new space. Please email admin@livewellbemore.com. The vending fee is $45.00 first come first serve.

We thank you in advance for your support. Please share widely.

When: Dec. 18th

Time: 11 am – 6 pm