July Anti-Oppression Events at Mariposa Co-op

T.O. Philly is co-sponsoring this series of interactive workshops and discussions at Mariposa Food Co-op. Though some of these events are specific to Mariposa, all will cover material about the nature of co-ops and Philadelphia in general. All events are free to attend and take place in Mariposa's Upstairs Meeting Room, 4824 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly. For more info, email education@mariposa.coop.

Sunday, July 6, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Film Screening & Discussion
Come watch a popular movie about race, racism, food and a neighborhood not unlike West Philly! There will be delicious snacks, good conversation and good company.

Sunday, July 13, 2pm–4pm
Interrupting Isms: Responding to Micro-aggressions Before They Go Macro
With Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews
Do racism, sexism, ableism and other forms of prejudice play out in the places where we work? Of course they do! But these “isms” are usually unintentional behaviors (sometimes called “micro-aggressions”) taught to us subtly by the world around us. This interactive workshop will identify some common micro-aggressions and practice how we can respond when they arise.

Saturday, July 19, 2pm–4pm
Discussion: Race, Racism & Our Co-op
To build an organization that is as diverse and inclusive as possible, we have to make time to talk about how the values of oppressive systems tend to arise in that organization—and what we can do about it! Mariposa Co-op staff members Clarice Bailey and Laura Smoot co-facilitate this discussion about race, racism, power and privilege. 

Tuesday, July 29, 7pm-8pm
Communicating Across Ability & Disability
With Marianne Gellert-Jones
Marianne Gellert-Jones from the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy will a discussion about speech, communication, and eating based on her 25+ years of working with people with neurological and cognitive disabilities.  

Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Co-ops & Social Justice Book Club
Want to know more about co-ops, justice and social change?  Come join this collaborative study project about the intersection of food cooperatives and social justice organizing! This month we are reading Collective Courage, a history of African American cooperative economics by Jessica Gordon Nembhard. Email education@mariposa.coop to join in.

SAVE THE DATE: T.O. Philly teams up with LGBTQ teens at the Attic Youth Center this summer! Come to the Attic's Expo on August 7th!

T.O. Philly News: Summer 2014

It's been a spectacular spring! Several amazing facilitators officially joined the T.O. Philly team and led a variety of workshops in April and May at the Rotunda. Having so many Jokers* on deck, we were for the first time able to be practicing Theatre of the Oppressed in multiple places at once. Here's a synopsis of where we've been and who we've been with in the past couple months:

We were invited facilitators at the Zami conference for LGBTQ+ people of color, for the Ethical Humanist Society's Building an Ethical Future conference (which is where the photos on the right were taken), and at the Young Adult Friends Conference at Pendle Hill.

At local institutions, we did Image Theatre with Temple University's Institute on Disabilities, made quick Forum Theatre pieces with student art teachers through Tyler College's Arts Education Program, and brought Theatre of the Oppressed to UPenn to highlight the importance of improvisation as a tool for social change.

We also led games and anti-oppression group work with people from all over the world at the Girls Rock Camp Alliance's conference in New Jersey and for Action Service Reconciliation for Peace's seminar in D.C.

This summer we resume work with transgender and gender-variant youth at Camp Aranu'tiq on the East and West Coasts, with students and faculty at Goddard College in Vermont, with Mariposa Co-op's Food Justice and Anti-Racism group in West Philly, with South Philly's Burmese and Bhutanese refugee community at Growing Home Gardens, and with LGBT teens at The Attic Youth Center in central Philadelphia.

What else will 2014 bring? You tell us! Leave us a message on our new voicemail at 267-282-1057, or drop us a line at ye olde email: tophilly@gmail.com.

Hope to see you soon!

—The T.O. Philly Team

*Joker is a Theatre of the Oppressed term for "facilitator" and also "difficultator". For more insight in to that, see our glossary of T.O. jargon.


MEANINGS OF JUSTICE:

What does “justice” mean today? 
What could it mean tomorrow?
Led by Mika Taliaferro
PART 1: Wednesday May 21, 6:30-9:00pm
PART 2: Wednesday May 28, 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
RSVP: Email "tophilly@gmail.com" 
or call 267-282-1057. 
Sliding scale tuition—no one turned away

Join us for this 2-part workshop exploring individual, societal and possible definitions of “justice”.

In the first session we will investigate recent news stories with “justice” featured in the headline. Participants will create pieces of Newspaper Theatre to reveal how the word is used in today’s media and society at large.

In the second session, we will work to re-imagine “justice." To start, we will use Image Theatre to sketch out our own pictures of a more just world. Once we establish a vision of the world we are striving for, we will explore new definitions of “justice” to discover which collective usages will best support the transition.
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Mika Taliaferro first fell in love with Theatre of the Oppressed in 2009, when she attended a workshop at Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont led by a fellow apprentice. Since then, she has trained, interned and volunteered with several T.O. organizations including Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB), Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, People's Theatre Project and, upon moving to Philadelphia, T.O. Philly! Mika holds a BA in Theatre from Wesleyan University where she focused on the intersection of theater and social justice.

Seeing the Mask: Work-self vs. Home Self



A 2-part workshop 
Led by Amy Capomacchio 
and Erika Barrington
WHEN: Monday+Tuesday, May 12+13, 2014
WHERE: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street

Is the person you act like at work different from who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions:
  • What societal pressures influence your work environment? 
  • Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values?
  • When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes?
  • What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work?
  • How does society dictate what masks we wear?

Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self.

About the Facilitators:

Erika Barrington and Amy Capomacchio each hold a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel University. They began work with Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed in 2010 and developed methods for bringing T.O. games and techniques into their work as therapists. This fall, they will present a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop at the American Dance Therapy Association's national conference in New York City.

The Cop & The Rainbow

Running Tuesdays, April 22-May 6
Facilitated by Morgan Andrews  
Three evening sessions: 6:45-9:30pm
at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Tuition is sliding scale, $10-$20 per session
Pre-register by emailing "tophilly@gmail.com"

Come learn the skills and ideas that build up to the Cop in the Head/Rainbow of Desire techniques devised by Theatre of the Oppressed founder Augusto Boal. Sometimes called "the Boal method of theatre and therapy", these techniques take all of our inhibitions and desires and put them on stage where we can deal them in the flesh. Over the course of three Tuesdays, this group will share, embody and unpack personal stories while asking important questions about the shared goals of personal growth and social change.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:

Morgan Andrews jumped into artmaking and theatre-as-activism in the late 1990s. He helped start Philly's Puppet Uprising in 2000 and has organized street theatre protest-parades and pageants with a network of artist-activists all over the globe. Morgan discovered and trained in Theatre of the Oppressed in Brazil, New York and India, and then founded T.O. Philly in 2008 as a way to make this work accessible and affordable in his home city. He also teaches yoga and creates plays with the Medium Theatre Company.