April 8: Combating White Supremacy Culture in Astrology (Online Event)

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THIS WORKSHOP IS PART OF PSA’S RACIAL EQUITY INITIATIVE PROJECT – ALL ARE WELCOME!

Portland School of Astrology (PSA) is embarking on a journey to examine how people experience PSA based on their race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and the many intersections of those identities. This journey operates off of the notion that white supremacy culture in particular is present at PSA, and impacting BIPOC at the various intersections in which they exist (i.e. Queer and Trans BIPOC are marginalized even within LGBTQIA positive spaces). 

Supremacy culture prioritizes the practices, beliefs, attitudes and systems of one culture over another. In particular, white supremacy culture “is the idea (ideology) that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. White supremacy culture is reproduced by all the institutions of our society. In particular the media, the education system, western science (which played a major role in reinforcing the idea of race as a biological truth with the white race as the “ideal” top of the hierarchy), and the Christian church have played central roles in reproducing the idea of white supremacy (i.e. that white is “normal,” “better,” “smarter,” “holy” in contrast to Black and other People and Communities of Color. ” Source: Dismantlingracism.org

“Combating Supremacy Culture in Astrology” is both a conversation and a visioning session where participants will explore what supremacy culture is, how astrology has been used as a tool of white supremacy, and  the ways in which PSA knowingly or unknowingly adheres to white supremacy culture through the practices and structure of the school. More importantly, this space provides the opportunity to uproot these harmful practices and build towards a collectivized vision of healing. 

This space welcomes participants of all identities who are ready to grapple with the reality of white supremacy culture and struggle through difficult conversations. Those who do not feel comfortable participating in the larger group but have questions or feedback are welcome to contact Alyshia directly at [email protected].

This is a FREE Event. Please RSVP. All participants in this workshop will be entered into a raffle to receive a $25 gift card to Powell’s Books.

*COVID-19 Change: This class will take place online via our platform Clickmeeting which does not require a software download prior to the event. The link will be sent on the day of the event to the email address used for checkout.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 7-9:00pm

Location: ONLINE

Facilitators:

Candace Kita is an astrologer and cultural worker committed to elevating the stories of people of color.

She has been reading since 2017 and is a graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, whose teachings examine astrology through the lenses of race, class, body, age, gender, sexuality, and ability and seek to infuse astrology with liberation and empathy. She has presented on astrology and wellness at the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture’s CULTURE/SHIFT convening and is the author of the zine Astrology and Wellness for Radicals, which is currently sold by Kindred Post, The Future, and Seagrape Soap. Candace believes first and foremost in astrology as an interpretative storytelling and relationship-building technique, allowing us to redefine and retell our personal stories and explore our own innate power. Her astrological approach weaves within it her eclectic background in visual art, writing, community organizing, and nonprofit arts administration. Alongside her astrological practice, Candace serves as Cultural Strategy Director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). She is a proud alumna of Scripps College, and in her spare time, she dabbles in ecstatic dance and reads voraciously.

Alyshia Macaysa is a community organizer, freelance health equity strategist and nationally recognized practitioner through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders Program.
Her work centers on building environments and lifting up movements that deepen the political consciousness and strengthen the leadership of those most impacted by injustice. This journey has led her to work across the workforce development, housing, public health, and tech sectors to uproot the many toxic policies and practices that drive racial inequity. She is a former Mass Campaigns organizer for the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines through GABRIELA Portland, a militant Filipina womxn’s movement rooted in gendered class struggle. She is also a current board member of United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance’s Portland Chapter, organizing spaces of self determination and healing for Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders. In her professional capacity Alyshia sits on Multnomah County’s Public Health Advisory Board and advises the City of Portland through SmartCityPDX in order to wield the power of public health modernization, data, and technology to build healthy, autonomous lives for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

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