Resilience: A Storytelling Event

Transformation: Lectures, Conversations, and Stories about Healing and Social Action

Stories by Jackie Lara, Jennifer Ortiz, Nikki Brown

Introduction by Claudia PeñaSusan Hess
Opening lecture by Dr. Beth Ribet
Sponsored by Repair*
Co-sponsored by Trauma Informed LA & Yetunde Price Resource Center

Resilience is the first event in the Transformation storytelling series. The series features community organizers, advocates, healers, survivors, theorists, and artists, in the role of “storyteller.” Storytellers will draw from their life experiences and personal and communal narratives and histories in order to speak to the seven event themes included in the series. The events in the Transformation series are intended to speak to our collective desire for deep social change, and to support us in finding the energy, strength, connection, and knowledge that we need in order to repair our world, and to heal ourselves and our communities.

View the full schedule and learn more about the Transformation Storytelling Series.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Mercado La Paloma

Conference Room (Southeast corner of the building)
3655 S. Grand Ave, #240
Los Angeles, CA 90007

“The only way to bear the overwhelming pain of oppression is by telling, in all its detail, in the presence of witnesses and in a context of resistance, how unbearable it is. If we attempt to craft resistance without understanding this task, we are collectively vulnerable to all the errors of judgment that unresolved trauma generates in individuals. It is part of our task as revolutionary people, people who want deep-rooted, radical change, to be as whole as it is possible for us to be. This can only be done if we face the reality of what oppression really means in our lives, not as abstract systems subject to analysis, but as an avalanche of traumas leaving a wake of devastation in the lives of real people who nevertheless remain human, unquenchable, complex and full of possibility.”

– Aurora Levins Morales, Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity, 1998, South End Press.

*Repair is a health and disability justice organization that engages in research, education, and community-level advocacy regarding health challenges, health disparities and disabilities that result from social problems. Learn more about Repair here.