• Social Justice Action Center (map)
  • 400 Southeast 12th Avenue
  • Portland, OR, 97214
  • United States

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Art and creativity have always gone hand and hand with social justice movements. We dare to remember how to create empowering stories even as the planet’s temperatures are rising, as the ice is melting. The stages of transformation are often uncomfortable. The caterpillar must dissolve and reform in order to grow wings. These are times to speak our visionary truths, create change and remember how much we need each other. With our human arts of writing, storytelling, poetry and ritual, we design new collective dreams for our culture. Come ready to co-create and generate new material!

Gerri Ravyn Stanfield is a healer of body, mind and spirit; an inventive author and international educator; dedicated to liberating the sacred leadership abilities and super powers within each of us. They use their background in the realms of social justice, Taoist, Chinese and other traditional medicines, Jungian psychology, environmental activism, earth based spirituality, creative writing and theatre arts to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization. They facilitate retreats, workshops and intensives all over the globe with their own unique curriculum that blends healing techniques, mythology, expressive arts, social activism, musical improvisation, conflict resolution and intuitive leadership skills.” 

Darlene Solomon-Rogers aka Blacque Butterfly is a spoken word artist, singer, songwriter, entertainer and activist. Her love for the arts has allowed her to explore several layers of her calling. Her art crosses and closes cultural boundaries as she has shared stages with national recording artists from Dead Prez to Peter Yarrow. Her mission is to make good music and to elevate her audience to a higher level of consciousness. Butterfly mentors troubled youth and single mothers and facilitates a youth based theatre troupe, where she allows youth at risk to use the arts as a tool for social justice. She is also a member of Up and Over Tour a mentoring team of artists that share their experiences and performances to youth via the educational system.