WeSing

Song & Social Justice Circles

we sing for the world we want to create

8 Wednesdays

March 24th - May 12th

7-8:30pm PDT on Zoom

Join us for a free demo session on March 17th at 7pm! Register here.

WeSing is a queer-led, intergenerational and life-affirming community of humans, singing into the growing and necessary movement for our collective liberation. Our mission is to meet each other at the intersection of social justice and song, where we will: make music + cultivate practices for transforming ourselves first, then our larger community and planet; foster healing, connection and resilience for our strength and wholeness in the Movement; ground in a "We" instead of an "I," as we envision a world rooted in Justice in Love. WeSing strives to be an actively inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppression community -- you can learn more about our practices and intentions in our anti-racism statement below.

 

There is no prior singing experience required to participate in WeSing. Our community members come from all backgrounds - some trained singers, some, car/shower singers, some singing for the very first time in our space. You are loved and you are welcomed. Singing is your birthright.

 

Circle Structure (what to expect)

  • opening welcome + meditation / warm-up 

  • land acknowledgement + gratitude prayer

  • brief personal check-in 

  • singing for the world we want to create

  • reflection + practices + community building

  • review song for final (virtual) performance

  • closing 

Payment Options

Includes 8 in-person sessions, 2 original song downloads (to sing with at home!) and a culminating "performance" in the form of a collaborative CHOIR video recording (ex. "Come Ye" below). Note that your fee covers the cost of audio editing, mixing engineer and video editing for the final performance.

  • Supported by our community: $200

  • General: $250

  • Supporting our community: $300

  • Video Only: $100 (email Lisa for info)

REGISTER HERE

Please submit payment prior to March 24th in

order to secure your spot:

       you select "friends and family" to avoid fees)

 

 

Notes about payment structure:

  • There are three options for payment. Folx with the means are invited to pay in support of our community members who need additional support. We are committed to offering various payment options, particularly for our BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low-income and disabled family.

  • No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email Lisa directly if you need further support: lisaforkish@gmail.com

  • Each 8-week term, we donate 10% of proceeds to an Indigenous-led movement and 10% to a Black-led movement. This term's recipients are The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women and Black Trans Femmes in the Arts (more info below). We also invite and compensate a BIPOC guest song-leader to one of our circles to share their gifts.

    • The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women: "Our mission is to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in our communities. The CSVANW takes ownership and responsibility for the future of Native women and children by providing support, education, and advocacy using our strengths, power and unity to create violence-free communities."

    • Black Trans Femmes in the Arts: "Our mission is to create spaces for the production and preservation of Black trans art and culture by building community with Black trans femme artists and providing them with the resources and support necessary to thrive."

 

WESING ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT

 

As a white-led community, we are deeply committed to a fierce, compassionate and consistent practice of examining, excavating and dismantling the culture of white supremacy that live inside our bodies and our institutions. Our anti-racist, anti-oppression practices are living, breathing and always changing as we learn (unlearn) and grow. For now, they include but are not limited to:

 

  • Giving from our proceeds each term: 10% of proceeds an Indigenous-led movement and 10% to a Black-led movement

  • Engaging in a land acknowledgement each week, acknowledging the unceded / stolen territory where we reside, the ways in which we benefit from it, and the actions we can take toward healing, justice and accountability. For research, singers can use this link to Native lands and enter their zip code. LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ISN'T ENOUGH. We donate funds, as well as seek actions around Indigenous sovereignty.

  • Educating ourselves on the impact of whiteness and white supremacy, as it pertains to music and community singing, and within our broader world (anti-racism resource page is here and will be updated regularly).

  • Naming and owning our complicity in systems of oppression and working to dismantle those systems.

  • Understanding cultural appropriation --especially as it shows up in music--  with a commitment to learn from any missteps and repair harm caused with swiftness, thoughtfulness and humility.

  • Inviting a BIPOC  guest song leader each term to share their gifts with our community.

  • Honoring and lifting up the stories and music of BIPOC, queer, and other marginalized groups with care and deep listening to the voices themselves.

  • Offering an ongoing open forum via Google forms for singers to submit feedback -- anonymously if they so choose -- with an explicit invitation (but not expectation) for BIPOC within the community to share any insight, requests, questions or grievances so that we may stay accountable to our ant-racist intentions​.

WeSing welcomes people from all backgrounds, and we strive to make our community as inclusive as possible. And, as our current make-up can tend toward predominately white, we also acknowledge that it may not feel like a safe and welcoming space for all BIPOC; we empathize as best we can with the feelings and experiences of our beloved siblings, we mourn the loss of their valued presence, and we vow to continue to do the work for racial justice and equity.

WeSing FAQs

Can I join if I've never sung before? Yes, yes yes! All are welcome.

Will I have to sing in front of others? No, all singers are muted while singing together, due to delay issues on Zoom.

CAN I sing in front of others? Yes, there will be optional moments to share your voice unmuted with the group or in a breakout room.

Can I join if I'm unable to attend all 8 sessions? Yes, you can still join us! Our sessions will be recorded so you can access anytime.

Can I join if I don't want to participate in the recording project? Yes, you can join for the song circles and opt out of the video recording.

Can I join if I want to participate in the recording project but NOT the weekly circles? Yes, but payment is still required.

Can I participate without my video on? Yes, though preference is for videos on, as it tends to be easier to connect. You do what you need to do.

Can I join if I'm not interested in the social justice/anti-racism part? Not recommended. There are many other song circles out there just for singing! The WeSing community is queer-led, anti-racist, anti-oppression, anti-capitalist, pro-abolition, pro-human. If some of these things don't jive with you, this is not the community singing space for you.

TESTIMONIALS

"Singing with Lisa and WeSing choir allows me to feel expansive in a time that can feel confining. The community spirit is alive in our song."

Nani, WeSing member

"Joining Lisa and the WeSing choir, in a safe, online platform, adds both grounding and upliftment to my week. Lisa is a shining spirit spreading her light through music and song." - Maia, WeSing member

"We Sing has been a joy for me since I first joined. I found my voice again years of silence and had fun in the process." - Tacha, WeSing member

"Now, more than ever, WeSing has become a weekly meditation where the resonance of our humanity can be deeply felt. That music can be so instrumental in creating this community is no accident; Lisa is strongly committed to the healing power music has to reach beyond the dissonance and create harmony. It is fundamental to her being that we can change the world through love. And Lisa is truly a love warrior." - RobinWeSing member

"I know that this is a challenging time, but you are creating wonderful, joyous musical experiences and more people need to know about it!" - Angela, WeSing member

Copyright 2020 Lisa Forkish

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