May 28, 2017, 7pm-9pm, Ritual for Mutual Black Care with Melanie Griffin


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7pm – 9pm **

Ritual for Mutual Black Care

Melanie Griffin

presented by at land’s edge


Black people expend precious physical, emotional and psychic energy responding to racial injustice and fighting that injustice in ways that serve all of humanity. So often these responses drain us and impact our mental, physical, and spiritual health and deplete us as we constantly pour energy outward.

This gathering will be an opportunity to build love, care,  and resilience amongst each other. It will provide a space to refill the emotional/ spiritual well, that living in an anti-Black society drains daily. We will call in ancestors, speak out our fears, joys and affirmations for one another. We will interact in a ritualistic way with plant medicine, smoke, and a sewn garment with images inspired by Black diasporic myths and abstract patterns meditating on the (one of) Black experience.


**This event is only for all Black identified people



A wheelchair accessible entrance (via portable ramp) and a wheelchair accessible bathroom will be provided.


Public transit via the Chinatown Gold Line Station. Street parking available.


at land’s edge is an autonomous pedagogical platform based in East and South Los Angeles that nurtures the voices of cultural producers who are committed to social transformation. We understand pedagogy as not only a method of education, but as a critical space where the processes of teaching and learning, knowledge and action, and self and community are reflexive, interwoven, and oriented toward the liberatory possibilities of a just and democratic world.

DecolonizeLA is an autonomous group made up of Los Angeles-based artists, educators, Indigenous Peoples and activists, and members of HRLA’s Programming Committees. This group recognizes the word decolonize as a process and action word that must center Native/Indigenous people’s autonomy, and the liberation of all oppressed peoples as its goal. Steps toward decolonization include acknowledging the effects of colonial oppressive structures, and demanding an end to the legacy of environmental, physical, psychological, cultural and artistic violence, and opposing the perpetual structure of inequity forced upon us by colonialism and white male hetero-normative supremacy. This group recognizes that many communities are working towards decolonization. We embrace and celebrate this opportunity to honor their work and transform our city.