Creating Freedom Movements

960 Yuba Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Richmond, CA 94805                                                                                                                                                                                        Website:                                                                                                                                                                        

Description of Organization:

Creating Freedom Movements nurtures visionary grassroots leaders who incubate justice & joy projects that push our world in a liberatory direction, cultivate cross-issue solidarity, and build what Martin Luther King, Jr called “beloved community” across multiple lines of difference. Through our programs, participants become more well-rounded in practical skills, more visionary in perspectives, more creative  in modes of expression and more connected as co-creators in a world of people, animals, water, and land who need us to act boldly. We see ourselves as part of a larger culture-shift movement dedicated to healing people and the planet by moving from cultures of separation & domination to cultures of connection & reciprocity. We believe no body is disposable, and thus practice transformative justice and cultivating environments in which we feel safe enough to take the necessary risks for transformation.  We believe in leadership by the most impacted. This includes attending to cultural- and disability-related access needs, as well as a sliding scale that begins at $0, ensuring that our program is open to all, regardless
of income level, race, disability, religious/spiritual background, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,  education or geographic location.  We are guided by principles of embodiment, healing, and the connection of BodyMindHeartSpirit. All of the values, commitments and practices in our program are pursued with the intention of healing – healing the fractures in ourselves, in our
relationships with others, and in our society at large.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhist grant in the amount of $7,000 was awarded to support a cohort model, workshops and projects that emphasize Buddhist principles of interconnectedness, deep listening and compassion, and embody the eight-fold path from wise understanding through wise effort and wise action. Workshops teach mindfulness, meditation, compassion (including self-compassion) in addition to social analysis workshops and deep listening to one another’s experiences which helps to develop wise understanding.

The Dream Trees (in which cohort members create artworks reflecting their dreams for themselves, their communities and the world) and the 21-Day Healing Practice (in which cohort members cultivate habits that nourish them) cultivate wise concentration and effort that get applied to the wise action of the Justice & Joy Projects, which are further supported by practical skills workshops (such as facilitation skills, fundraising, participatory action research, nonviolent direct action, community organizing, nervous system regulation, increasing accessibility, and more).