Breaking the Silence: Oakland Town Hall on Women & Girls of Color

Breaking the Silence Town Hall Oakland creates the space for local decision makers to listen to the challenges and daily experiences of *girls and women of color in our community. By elevating their unique experiences and centering their leadership, we aim to creatively and collectively identify opportunities for intervention.

February 27th, 2016, was a powerful day of action and restoration as *girls and women of color spoke across a range of issues including displacement, education, interpersonal and inter-communal violence, and criminalization.

As a member of the Advisory Committee I created the Integration & Wellness Team, in collaboration with Lotus Liberation, to provide emotional support for Testifiers, Commissioners, and the Public during the event; a phenomena unique to Oakland within the national town hall series. There were 12 trained Integrators, all women of color, on-site providing support Testifier support before, during and after their panels, as well as holding the larger container for any necessary grief processing as it came up.

*Girls and women of color is an inclusive term reflecting all those who were assigned and/or identify as female.

Interpersonal/Intercommunity Violence Panel

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Jihan McDonald is a facilitator, counselor, writer and educator from Oakland, CA. Currently completing a Masters in Social Transformation, Jihan derives deep pleasure from the meaning of words, the reading of books, the dancing of feelings, and the naming of squirrels. Jihan greatly dislikes inequity & close-toed shoes.

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