Sistahs Stepping In Pride 10th Anniversary Kickoff Event

Thank you Sistahs Stepping in Pride for gifting us with TEN life-affirming and JOYOUS years!

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On Sunday 5/22 SSIP co-founders Peggy Moore and Lisbet Tellefesen and volunteers hosted a reception to kick off the 10th anniversary pride march and festival to be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.  Peggy Moore’s opening remarks included fond memories, heartfelt acknowledgements, astute organizing tips and an announcement that this will be the final year for the march and festival. SSIP is setting a fine example by choosing to go out in style and on a wave of tremendous success.

SSIP is ending on many positive notes including 10 years of having fiscally operated in the black and with the majority original core planning committee  still  in tact. Several of the committee members have shifted their attention to pursuing families, managing health and other personal matters.  The SSIP co-founders will retain the SSIP name and will plan to organize premier events in the future.

The best part of the kickoff event was the sharing of personal stories from Peggy and Lisbet as well as the reception guests.  One couple described their divine match and how they met under the SSIP festival tree-altar-shrine.  Their meeting at SSIP was the genesis for a sacred union they’d both longed for.   In response to a question I posed to the co-founders reflecting on their decades long community building experience, Lisbet Tellefesen commented that during her activism in the 1980’ -90’s.  She said it seemed that the conditions and people in that environment were transient and ad hoc and she had no expectation that the relationships would endure as long as they have.  Now, nearly 2-3 decades later she appreciates the same community of women who have grown old together and have helped to create a collective shared space.  Peggy added that she has come to appreciate what community really is, an opportunity to heal together.

A common thread that ran through the discussion was how the SSIP event served to illuminate our communities in the best light. An elder sistah speaking on loss, invisibility and the search for community  described the SSIP event as “an annual REAFFIRMATION that we are still here.”  Other guests reflected on how SSIP successfully demonstrated how vibrate, inspirational, self-loving, life giving and fully present we are capable of being in our individual and collective lives.

Ase.

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Help SSIP go out in style by submitting your donation on-line now.  Save the date Saturday, August 27, 2011 Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.

Honor and praises.

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2 Responses to “Sistahs Stepping In Pride 10th Anniversary Kickoff Event”

  1. sharon grant Says:

    do you have shirts from the prior years??

    • skyeviewtraveler Says:

      Hello.

      –fwd–

      Yes, we do have back stock on several of our previous t-shirts however not all sizes
      are available. Is there anything in particular you were looking for? What size are
      you?

      Please let me know if you have any interest. Thanks!

      Lisbet

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