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The Collective Liberation Series was founded in 2020 as a means to generate discussion around coalition building, community organizing, and activism. The series invites artists and activists in conversation to share their stories and experiences working to bring about more just and liberated futures. The Collective Liberation series focuses on the power of intergenerational storytelling to offer a roadmap and a blueprint for grassroots community organizing as a means to envision a way forward.

If you have any questions regarding the Collective Liberation Series, please feel free to reach out to Alicia Lewis . 

WCC Collective Liberation Series 2024

WCC Collective Liberation: Alternative Futures and Debunking Prison Myths

Are you interested in learning about coalition-building, prison abolition, and the relationship between education and incarceration? Then join the WCC Collective Liberation team for a panel on Alternative Futures and Debunking Myths About What Prisons Can Offer.

We will be hearing from Alesha Monteiro, Statewide Policy Coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget, and Romarilyn Ralston, Executive Director of Project Rebound. Alesha and Romarilyn will bring their lived experience with carceral systems to an honest dialogue about rehabilitation programs, prison spending, the tensions between abolition and reform, prison-based education efforts, and so much more! We will be looking at how we, at Stanford and beyond, can challenge misconceptions about incarceration and build a reimagined path to justice together.

When: Wednesday, February 21st @ 11:30AM-1PM

Location: Women’s Community Center (Firetruck House, 433 Santa Teresa Street)

Spots are limited! Please RSVP by filling out this form so we can get a head count for food.

A-lan Holt (Director of IDA) and participants standing in a circle outside in the grass during the 2nd half of the Care and Interdependence in Justice workshop in 2020.

From Left to Right: Alicia Lewis (WCC Associate Director), Special guests Kaiden Roberts and Cat Brooks, and Ella Varney (2019-20 WVSO and Leadership Coordinator) following the Art of Coalition Building workshop in 2020.

Past Collective Liberation Series Events

Collective Liberation Series 2021

Join the Women's Community Center for our upcoming workshop series, ​

Collective Liberation:​ 
The Politics and Practices of Envisioning a More Just Future

We would love to see you for any or all sessions:

​Ancestral Grief Rituals Using Healing Art Practices with Marcia Lee and Ahmane' Glover

Friday, April 2nd from 3-4:30pm PST 
Closed Captioning will be provided
Registration Required, Please RSVP here!

Grief is a sacred transformation that says, "slow down and notice - I know not what I see." This is an invitation to shed, shift and surrender as you're held in community. Join us to lean into our ancestral wisdom to co-create a grief rituals that gives attention to reality as it is, our own experiences and feelings, and co-create space for transformation. This will be an interactive space. We invite you to be creative in how you think about art, i.e. what can you find in your living space? Please bring art supplies that are speaking to you in this moment.

Alternative Futures: Taking a Step When You Can't Yet See the Staircase with Oakland City Councilmember Carroll Fife

Monday, April 5th from 5-6pm PST 
Closed Captioning will be provided
Registration Required, Please RSVP here!

Carroll Fife is the Councilmember for Oakland’s District 3. After decades of public service and recent work as a non-profit director and community organizer, Carroll was called to run for office by the people with whom she organizes every day. One of the founding members of Moms for Housing, Carroll has fought both in the halls of power and in the streets to protect the human right to housing. As Councilmember her priorities are to divest from police to invest in community, get every unsheltered person in Oakland into housing as quickly as possible, and create progressive tax structures to correct social and racial inequities.

Joyful Somatic Breathing with Dr. Aziza Knight and Schantell Puameole Taylor

Friday, April 16th from 3-4pm PST 
Closed Captioning will be provided
Registration Required, Please RSVP here!

Dr. Aziza K.S. Knight intelligently fuses art, intuitive spiritual coaching, manual touch bodywork, assisted harmonic breath, and Reiki in her integrated healing practice. More commonly known as “Dr. Zee”, she has been studying and practicing spirituality, the arts and health sciences for the duration of her lifetime with an academic background in psychology, reiki, chiropractic, and grief & bereavement counseling and ministry.

Schantell Puameole Taylor is a seeker and keeper of Hawaiian culture, protector of land, and advocate for culture-based education. She has studied and practiced Hula, lomilomi, cranial sacral, chi nei tsun, aroma therapy, acupressure, wellness consulting, breath work, esthetics and yoga.

Sponsored by Stanford Office for Religious & Spiritual Life, Institute for Diversity and the Arts, and the Black Community Services Center.

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact: Alicia Lewis, at Requests should be made by Monday, March 29th.

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Collective Liberation Series 2020

​​Intersectionality: Foundations of Black Feminist Thought

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 
WCC Main Lounge

This session focuses on understanding the importance of doing justice work through an intersectional lens, and ensuring that when we are creating movements, we are centering those whose marginalized identities are compounded, so as to ensure that any solutions or outcomes reached meet the needs of the most disenfranchised among us.

Care and Interdependence in Justice Work with A-lan Holt

Thursday, February 20th, 2020, 12:00pm-1:15pm​
WCC Main Lounge

​Freedom is meaningful only insofar as it lifts us all, especially those of us who have been done the most harm. In times of violence and polarization, art heals and brings people together, and can articulate new ways of finding community and freedom. In this workshop, we will explore how we make and sustain community, especially in the face of threats from within and without. We will do this especially through examining how artists and culture workers of color develop and advance practices that build mutuality, criticality, renewal, trust, and joy in the face of ongoing racial injustice and cultural inequity. This examination will be coupled with creative and mindfulness practices centered in joy and renewal.

​The Art of Coalition Building w/ Cat Brooks and Kaiden Roberts 

Friday, February 28th, 2020, 12:00-1:15pm
WCC Main Lounge

This session focuses on coalition building across identity groups and movements in an effort to harness the collective power of the people. In this discussion we will be exploring what it means to be in solidarity, effective ways to practice allyship, and how we practice interdependence to build strengthen our movements. 

Group sits on couches in the WCC