On Friday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. the Peace & Justice Center and the YWCA are joining together to host an empowering evening of poetry and performance at the Black Box Theater in Burlington. This program seeks to offer a space for our community to speak out about the realities of our lived experiences of oppression. Carmen de Monteflores wrote “oppression can only survive through silence.” It is our hope that as we share our narratives of oppression through poetry, prose, song or monologues, we will be able to break free of the chains that bind us in silence, ignorance and privilege. This evening provides an opportunity for us to come together as a community to create a space for healing that will enable us to face our individual and collective shadows and begin to step into the light.

This performance will include the sharing of original poetry and monologues as well as well-known speeches and pieces of literature relating to oppression. Interested in participating?! Feel free to sign up to perform and/or to submit a piece of writing to be read. All identities and levels of experience in poetic performance are welcome. Please contact Kyle Silliman-Smith at [email protected], 863-2345 x6 and/or Jennifer Bowler at [email protected], 802-862-7250. A $5 donation is suggested but no one will be turned away. Thank you!

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