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Since 2006 the efforts of the Julius Ford / Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community (JF/HTHLC) has given rise to a multi-racial, cross generational coalition of local educators, activists and artists who work together with local and regional youth to explore, envision, and live healthy, authentic lives (through intensive retreats, critical thinking skills, contemplative practices and artistic expression). JF/HTHLC’s year-round educational programs and social events address long-standing racial oppression and economic inequality experienced amongst urban youth and other underrepresented groups of young people by providing inter-generational experiences that cultivate the tools, possibility and space for participants to empower themselves within the context of a supportive community.
The Kickstarter Campaign will support year-round programming of the JF/HTHLC, and in particular subsidize the participant costs for the annual conference, which is held each year at Earthdance Creative Living Project in Plainfield Massachusetts. The conference, which is the cornerstone of the JF/HTHLC programming, is a week-long intensive gathering of between 50-70 young people, educators, organizers and facilitators that provides the opportunity to engage in key identified aspects of healthy living, critical thinking and communication skills, integrative arts and performance, nutrition, contemplative practices and sustainable living technologies. JF/HTHLC organizer Amina Jordan says “The open environment of Earthdance helps to emphasize the importance and beauty of discovering, loving and bravely nurturing the world as we also nurture our minds and souls.”
Local organizations such as The Performance Project’s First Generation and regional groups such as 3rd Eye Unlimited will be participating in this year’s conference by sending youth representatives and organizers. “Participants span generational, race, city and class lines, and tackle issues of personal and social identity, aspects of oppression and other social problems or issues (homelessness, violence, etc.) impacting our communities.”, says JF/HTHLC organizer Debora Ferreira. The theme for this year’s conference borrows from the well-known caption of the Feminist Movement: The Personal is Political. Through this axiom participants will explore the questions: “How does my organization care for the community,” and “How do I care for myself?”.
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