Song & Healing Justice Circles
we sing for the world we want to create; a world that works for all
You Were Born to be a Love Warrior
June 30th - August 25th
9 Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm PDT
Join us for an open house (no cost!)
on June 23rd 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 healing justice, community 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 the 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
Includes 9 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 (see past performances below). Note that your fee covers the cost of audio editing, mixing engineer and video editing for the final project.
Supported by community: $225
Supporting community: $325
Video Only: $100 (email Lisa for info)
Please submit payment prior to June 30th in
order to secure your spot:
Venmo to @lisa-forkish
PayPal to (please make
sure to 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:
Each 9-week term, we donate 10% of proceeds to an Native or Indigenous-led movement and 10% to a Black-led movement. Our summer term recipients are Kupu and Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (more info below). We also invite and compensate a BIPOC guest song-leader to one of our circles to share their gifts.
Kupu: "Kupu, which means ʻto sproutʻ or ʻto growʻ in Hawaiian, has a two-fold mission: to preserve the land while empowering youth. The organization provides hands-on training in conservation, sustainability, and environmental education for young adults, with the goal of fostering our next generation of environmental and cultural stewards.
Black Food Sovereignty Coalition: "Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) is a member-based organization working in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and POC (BIPOC) growers, policy makers, advocates, and educators to stabilize food systems infrastructure for marginalized communities in the Pacific Northwest."
WESING ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT
As a white-bodied facilitator, I am deeply committed to a fierce, compassionate and consistent practice of examining, excavating and dismantling the culture of whiteness/white supremacy that lives inside my body - and so many healing, wellness, music and singing spaces. These anti-racist, anti-oppression practices are living, breathing and always changing as I learn (unlearn) and grow. For now, they include but are not limited to:
Giving from our proceeds each term: 10% of proceeds a Native/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. 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 humans from BIPOC, queer, and other marginalized communities 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 humans from all backgrounds, and I strive to make our community as inclusive as possible. Our circles have always included folx from many racial and ethnic identities. Itʻs important for me to name that there tends to be a higher emotional calorie burn for BIPOC in mixed spaces, and so I lift up and prioritize the wellness of our BIPOC siblings in all circles. As well, I invite myself and other white-bodied folx to stay mindful of the space we inhabit with our bodies, voices, stories, experiences, etc. I believe we can do powerful healing in mixed spaces, and that it can also be hard and messy and uncomfortable, and so much more.
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 9 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 gatherings? Yes, but payment is still required to cover costs of audio and video editing.
Can I participate without my video on? Yes, though preference is for videos on, as it tends to be easier to connect. I encourage all singers to take care of yourselves and lean in to comfort and safety in whatever ways you can.
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.
"Singing with Lisa and WeSing choir allows me
to feel expansive in a
time that can feel
community spirit is
alive in our song."
- Nani, WeSinger
"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."
- Robin, WeSinger
"This was an
time for me. Thank
you so much for
with us. The depth
and breadth of
this space is
Much, much gratitude
- Karen, WeSinger