You. Yes, You. You have the power to interrupt oppression and change your world. You have the power to learn tools that can help you build bridges across pre-fabricated social divides. You have the power to dissolve relationships that do not nurture you and build healthy boundaries. You have the power to teach others what you know about empathy, compassion, and response-ability for self & others. You are who we need.
We are the Beloved Community. We do not exist without you. We do not exist in safety, health, or joy without your protection, advocacy, and gifts. We do not survive if you do not survive. Your well-being is in our best interest. Our well-being is in your best interest.
Allies for Life is a Beloved Community that actively seeks to represent itself by reflective of the world it inhabits. We seek to be inclusive by consideration, word, & action that is not limited to physical or physiological differences.
The cohorts seek to be very intentionally balanced to address inequitable balances of power that exist in the world and to foster the richest environment for learning & healing. We are looking for people from ages 16- still being on this side of the dirt to participate.
Ground Facilitator: Jihan means “universe, person of the world” in Farsi & Arabic and throughout their life has worked to embody this meaning. Jihan has lived in 3 and traveled in more than 20 countries, as well as almost all of the geographic areas of the continental U.S. Jihan has a knack for hearing people’s heart when they speak and connecting what’s in it to the larger currents of the world.
Jihan has received the Alpha Delta Leadership Award and a Changemaker Fellowship Award for their work in developing Allies for Life for people to learn pro-active interpersonal allyship. Jihan has worked with people ages 8-80 on learning skills, tools, and capacities for assertiveness, empathy, self-realization, and social change in contexts ranging from the redwoods to seminaries and college campuses.
“Change starts where we are and takes us to where we need to be. I have learned to live like a flower: to break down, reform, and re-emerge in a constant state of beautiful becoming. My living between classes, races, belief systems, and bodies of knowledge have shaped me to see/be like a kaleidoscope; everything is changing, all of it is beautiful if we can embrace the chaos in change.”
Branch Facilitator: Mazin Mahgoub cofounded The Holistic Underground in 2014, a Community Development Non-Profit that provides personal and professional development to artists, activists, and healers, as well as local community leadership groups including communication, leadership, and self-care tools. The diverse cultural and class experiences of his upbringing have positioned Mazin to empathize with different parties in complex conversations.
“I leverage these privileges, spend my hours in service because it’s the only way I can feel ok about the immense poverty and inequality I’ve seen growing up between the US, NorthAfrica, and the Middle East. So far, I’ve learned to own my privilege and view it less as something to be ashamed or guilty for, but rather a blessing and responsibility to use it as a platform to further the cause of liberation.”