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POSTPONED: Healing Circle: Turning our Pain into Purpose

When: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm PDT
Where: 
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for the new October date. 

If you care about justice and freedom, this is the time to lead. This is the time to turn our collective pain into purpose. To answer hatred with healing, fear with love. Leaders are built by the way we respond to crisis. 

This moment requires us, all of us, to re-imagine a collective response that is led by the people and for the people. That response begins with healing— rooted in love, community, and justice. 

Latino and indigenous communities have used the sacred power of healing circles for centuries to unify and propel our people to action. Come experience the power of culture and ceremony to restore hope and build community. Join us for a Healing Circle led by Hector Sanchez Florez, Executive Director of the National Compadres Network, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation, and Ellen LaPointe, President & CEO, Northern California Grantmakers. 

Bring an open mind and heart.

"A Love Letter" by Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

Our hearts may be troubled, but our spirit is strong. 

Our eyes may be worn out from crying, but our grip remains firm as we help others rise. 

Our backs may be weary from carrying the burdens, but our steps are steady, moving forward with determination. 

We are not alone. We have each other, our families, our communities, our ancestors rooting for us – knowing that we will persevere and find purpose in our pain. 

To our brothers and sisters in Gilroy and El Paso, we are praying for you. For strength and comfort during these dark times. 

And, we will fight hard for the changes we need in this country. We will continue to invest in our community leaders. We will work to equip our youth to run for office. We will organize. Mobilize. And we will vote.

For generations, Latinos have built this country. Made it stronger. Wiser. We are not done yet. 

Remember these words, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. 

We will rise. Stronger than before. As we lead with our love, our values, our unwavering hope, and faith, we will reach higher ground and see the changes we long for. The journey may be long and hard, but we have seen through the lens of history that when we remain focus and steady, we win. 

There may be darker days ahead. But the light will prevail. Let’s hold steady. Change will come.

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