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The Independent Media Center is hosting two events with musician Diane Patterson

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and Common Ground Co-op are hosting two events in February featuring musician Diane Patterson. She brings her guitar, ukelele, and vocal talents to a community concert Friday, February 21st from 8-10 p.m., with opening performances by Charlie Ford and Kenna Mae Music, and there will be refreshments!

On Saturday the 22nd, she is joined by Sheba Love for a #metoo support activation circle. It’s described as a “sacred circle gathering in response to #metoo and the culture around this.” This event takes place from 12-3 p.m., and Common Ground will provide tea and refreshments. Here is a more in-depth description from the Facebook event:

Calling all mystics, misfits, and misgendered, and anyone else who wants to come.

Sheba Love and Diane Patterson are calling an activation circle in Urbana. Diane and Sheba come from Ashland, Oregon with a river in their hearts and a message of healing for the masses. This sacred circle gathering is in response to #metoo and the culture around this. Please come as your highest selves, sharing old stories, creating solutions, as we reweave these strands of our past towards healing and action! These gatherings are happening all around the world as we reshape the paradigm!️ Let us together seek solutions and create a better world going forward. We can no longer give into the feelings of shame or remain silent.

Let us remove the systemic fibers that have kept us bound in our fear. We encourage massive compassion for each other as we speak out and seek ways to triage this grief of planetary imbalance. We encourage more dialogue and less shame, keeping watchful eyes in community, naming names.

For many years we have spoke of the Rise Of The Divine Female and here they come in their myriad of expression dancing along the vast gender spectrum. The equality we seek means hearing from people who are from all paths. The future isn’t female, it is queer, encompassing all bodies, all experiences, while valuing each person as their own autonomous entity with differences from ourselves. It is in out differences we can learn and evolve.
Again we say, gather your circles. Listen, and reorganize. We all deserve love and attention as we hone our hearts into the greatness of our power. This circle is for all people. Survivors and those who have done harm who are seeking reconciliation. It is a new day, and it is time for healing and for doing better as we move forward in a turbulent sea. WE MUST RESIST!

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