Organized by: Nancy Moricette
Áse ....a West African Yoruba word that translates into the power to make things happen. As an Artist and Community Consultant I have dedicated twelve years of my life to helping diverse communities reconnect with their power to create. We are in an age where people are shamed into submitting to an idea that they are less than because of the color of their skin, the God they worship, or the person they choose to love. I know you have heard this before, " I want to help to empower these people or this community so that they can feel better about their lives through the services I provide." Well meaning people or organizations who feel the need to empower disenfranchised communities. Yeah, I have a problem with that... See when we come into a community and say that we want to help that community by "empowering" them we are putting ourselves in the place of the oppressor and them in the place of the oppressed. Empower means to GIVE power. It is simple, by giving power, we imply that these communities do not have any power to begin with, unless we give it to them… Listen I'm not about giving anyone power. I am about creating sustainable environments where people, young , old, black ,white, straight, gay …PEOPLE, can feel comfortable enough to explore their power to create and destroy. Destroy the things that are holding them back and from that destruction create the type of environment they want to be, worship, and love in. I call this Áse Power! I started this movement, Áse Power several years ago. I work with schools, theaters, cops, yes cops and provide them with the tools necessary to create programs that grow a community. I need your help to continue bringing these powerful programs to the communities that need them the most. Your contributions will help me to create the type of partnerships that will continue to elevate the way organizations and "well meaning individuals" think about how they connect with communities of color and how diverse communities think about how to connect with themselves. Check out the links on my page to see some of this great work in action. www.asepowerconsult.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcOVh_Q5LRI&feature=youtu.be I really appreciate your support. Áse!