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Grant Received for Community Dialogue Circles

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PLAINFIELD – EmpowR Transformation has received a $2,000 grant to offer eight community dialogue circles this summer at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary in Plainfield. The grant was awarded by The Circle Way, a global equity and justice facilitation organization and practice.

“EmpowR Transformation and The Circle Way are aligned in how we make a stand in our world, to uphold racial, ethnic, gender, disability, economic, and environmental justice. We are pleased to support EmpowR’s efforts to make this vision and commitment become reality,” said Sarah MacDougall, elder and board member with The Circle Way. 

Four White Women Accountability Circles will be held for white-identifying women (cis/trans), femmes, and non-binary/trans people who were socialized as women to support staying engaged in transformative justice and processing emotionally charged racialized situations without putting labor on People of Color. Facilitated by EmpowR Transformation founder, Rae Carter, space will be held to integrate deeper layers of equity commitments through processing personal antiracism work in community. Circles take place on June 8, July 12, August 10, and September 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Four Men’s Community Evolution Circles will be held to support relationship and community building among men and to shift away from mainstream cultural norms that promote unhealthy expectations of masculinity. Facilitated by special education teacher, Mitch Pauley, space will be held to listen and share without judgment and to build capacity for self acceptance, behavior awareness, personal and collective responsibility, and creating new behavior patterns. Anyone who identifies as male is invited to attend. Circles take place on June 5, July 10, August 7, and September 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. All community dialogue event details and registration links at

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