December 12 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ana Garcia-Ashley is the featured speaker for Creating Brave Spaces One Relationship at a Time. She is the Executive Director of the international Gamaliel Network located in Chicago, IL. Ms. Garcia-Ashley will address the discord that is evident in our world sometimes even in our closest relationships. In her talk, she will help us find brave spaces where we can turn down the volume of the outside world so that we can amplify the voices of those who struggle to be heard. Participants will have the opportunity to examine how important shaping “brave spaces” is because “safe spaces” really don’t exist in the real world. Ms. Garcia-Ashley will encourage us to find ways to call one another to more truth and love so that we can walk a brave pace together.
Ana Garcia-Ashley’s family moved from the Dominican Republic to New York City during the 1960s, fleeing the chaos that followed the murder of three activists who opposed dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Her family’s safe passage was, to Garcia-Ashley, a miracle—the first sign that she had a divine mission to fulfill. Garcia-Ashley attended Catholic and public schools in the South Bronx, then moved to New Mexico to study at Highlands University. Longing for a welcoming environment among Latinos, she was shocked when her first experience was getting hit by an egg and called “n****r” in Spanish. Ana graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver. Intensely interested in the intersection of politics and faith, Ana attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver to develop a foundation for organizing congregations. She began her work in Gamaliel in the early 1990s, as Lead Organizer of MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope). Ana was also the founding organizer for WISDOM, the Gamaliel-affiliated Wisconsin state organization. She has been a member of the Gamaliel central staff for nearly two decades. In 2012, Ana was named Executive Director.
Creating Brave Spaces One Relationship at a Time will take place online Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is a free-will offering. Seating is limited, reserve your seats through the Dominican Center for Justice Resources www.racinedominicans.org/dcjr/ (262 898 4094) or on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-brave-spaces-one-relationship-at-a-time-tickets-130689318269. The link to join this event will be sent to you prior to the meeting using the email you provided at registration.
The workshop is the fourth offering in the Opening Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism Series sponsored by Racine Interfaith Coalition, Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates, Racine Police Department, Racine Public Library, Racine Vocational Ministry, Restoration Ministries, Siena Retreat Center and University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
For further information go to www.racinedominicans.org/dcjr/ the Dominican Center for Justice Resources website.