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SELF CARE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR SISTERS
Join the members of the SisterCARE Alliance as we offer a free
Self Care Support Group once a month.
20 WAYS TO BE INVOLVED WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT WORK
Read this list of suggestions and do what feels safe for you. Integrate self-care everyday so you can stay connected. When you need to step away... DO IT.
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A Chapter Excerpt from Black Women, Public Health, & Resilience:
by Dr. Brian McGregor & Anana Johari Harris Parris
The Seven Categories of Support to Develop Political Power for Black Women(C):
Familial & Personal Resources
Social Network, Mentorship & Safe Environments
Mindset Resilience & Mental Toughness Training
Strategic Self Care Planning & Needs Assessment [Spiritual, Emotional, Economic, Artistic, Physical, Educational & Social]
Educational Development & Exposure to Political Strategies
Knowledge of Local & National Community Dynamics
Access to Resources Connected to Social Determinants of Health
“WHAT DO YOU NEED?”
Navigating Self Care, Family Care and Community Care
A NEEDS ASSESSMENT & RESOURCE INFORMATION STORAGE TOOL ®
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SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION WORK
It Takes A Village
SisterCARE Alliance believes it takes a village to address multiple social justice issues.
WE ALIGN WITH LIKE MINDS
At SisterCARE Alliance, we are dedicated to connecting with organizations of like mind who care about the wellbeing and injustices facing sisters.
SISTERCARE ALLIANCE AT A GLANCE
Here at the SisterCARE Alliance, we are driven by a single goal; to promote self-care as a form of social justice while connecting likeminded women of color who view social justice as a form of self-care. Our approach to contributing to our community includes integrating our critical self-care needs while simultaneously responding to needs of our families and communities.
We strive to participate in collaborative efforts that push for freedom from emotional slavery and societal injustices to our community.
It takes courage to believe you can take care of your family's critical needs, your community's critical needs and your own at the same time. It is possible as long as you join forces with others and maintain a critical Self Care Plan for yourself.
You can do it. The SisterCARE Alliance is here to help. Contact us.
Courage ... Grace ... and Strength in Numbers
Becoming more and more frustrated with the reality that critical self-care for women of color is typically ignored, we chose to fight that dangerous societal norm head on and together by creating the SisterCARE Alliance. We launched our organization based on a #selfcarerevolution framework which includes educating and empowering women of African decent with the inspiration to create their own strategic Self Care Plan as a form of social justice.
Rooted in the resilience and power of our ancestors, the SisterCARE Alliance emerged out of a pursuit to reinforce the strong survival based connection made between women with a more formalized and supportive network. This act of coming together in an organized and strategic fashion to care for ourselves and our community is intentional.
We believe we must remain proactive as an organization when encouraging women who are caretakers nurturers, activists and leaders to be self-care revolutionaries while they simultaneously fight for the well being of their families and justice within their communities.
Established in 2014, we are a network of professionals, mothers, sisters, entrepreneurs, activists, self-care advocates and leaders who are supported by families and communities that believe in our protection, well being and fulfillment of our purpose.
We strive to contribute to the eradication of self-care suicide, domestic violence, depression, human and sex trafficking, emotional slavery, economic enslavement and social injustices within our communities one gathering, donation drive, presentation, workshop, social justice action and SisterCARE Support Group at a time.
Contact us to learn more and get involved.
SisterCARE Alliance National Planning Committee
OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORT
Our National Planning Committee is comprised of a network of professionals, mothers, activists, entrepreneurs and self-care advocates utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our organization forward.
We’re always pushing ourselves to not only contribute to our communities but to also apply the principles of our #selfcarerevolution and Self Care Matters Program to our own lives.
Meet some of our incredible planning committee and leadership team.
ANANA JOHARI HARRIS PARRIS
Caring, purpose driven, grateful. Anana Harris Parris is founder of the SisterCARE Alliance and author of Self Care Matters: A Revolutionary's Approach has a highly focused mission to spread the revolutionary act of self-care as a form of social justice while nurturing a stronger connection between like minded women of African descent who contribute to their communities.
Anana Johari Harris Parris is also the founder and CEO of the Self Care Agency, LLC where she operates as the lead Strategic Business & Self Care Consultant Program Designer as well as the co-founder of the Wellness & Justice Group, LLC.
Ms. Parris launched her 2021 year as a Women of Color Initiative Strategic Self Care Curriculum Design Consultant and Leadership Program Developer. From May 2019 - January 2021, Anana served as a Fractional Chief Operating Officer Advisor for How to Manage responsible for guiding more than 30 business and law firm owners through entrepreneurial decision making, infrastructure/systems development, revenue and business process refinement. Most recently this year, Ms. Parris facilitated a Strategic Self Care Training for over 200 lawyers, judges and legal professionals with the Training Division of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a few weeks after the insurrection.
For 7 years Ms. Parris was the Director of Business Operations and Community Affairs for the Davis Bozeman Law Firm where she managed all business operations, brand marketing, human resources, IT, the legal internship program and public relations. Ms. Parris also managed the Community Affairs Division of the firm which includes the collaborative community projects such as: “Respect Black Life: I am Trayvon Martin March” of over 5000 marchers from Atlanta University Center to the CNN Center and the New Beginnings Re-entry Mentoring Program in partnership with the Urban League, Morehouse School of Medicine and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of Georgia. As an Electrical Engineering student at Howard University, Ms. Parris gained professional experience with Swisscom North America. Ms. Parris was the co-owner and COO of GTM Agency managing the logistics of a 26 city national promotion of the Truth™ anti-tobacco campaign.
Ms. Parris is also the founder of non-profit initiatives like the AfriSalsa Cultural Organization/AfriSalsa fights HIV/AIDS Campaign, the and the Self Care Day Campaign. Ms. Parris authored the first official Self Care Day Proclamation on December 4, 2011 recognized by the City of Atlanta and later the cities of Savannah, Lithonia, Charlotte, NC , Charelston,SC, Mecklenburg County,NC and DeKalb County. To further the promotion of self-care as a strategic form of social justice, Ms. Parris authored the book, Self Care Matters: A Revolutionary's Approach. Her book has launched several Self Care Support Groups and it's Strategic Self Care Training Program has been approved for training with the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as adopted as a required training text for many programs addressing human trafficking, domestic violence and trauma survivor programs. Her book is also adopted as the primary Strategic Self Care Training tool for the Southern Center for Human Rights and the ProGeorgia Women of Color Initiative.
Ms. Harris Parris was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., the State of Georgia Goodwill Ambassador Award and the Community Service Award from the U.S. Attorney General’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia. In 2018, Ms. Parris was the keynote speaker at the Global Women’s Leadership Activism Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa and the recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights Gideon's Promise Award. In 2019, Ms. Parris was appointed the Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta Community Affairs Chair and a ProGeorgia 2019 and 2020-21 Women of Color Thought Leader Delegate.
Examples of Seminars, Training and Speaking Engagement:
- AT&T Scholars Program
- Mercer University Counseling Graduate Program
- Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
- Administrative Office of the United States Courts
- National Association of Public Defenders
- Northstar Psychological Services, Inc.: Strategic Self Care and Radical Improvement in Cultural Engagement
- Piedmont Hospital Women's Heart Health Program
Please see above CV for complete list of affiliations, trainings and speaking engagements.
CV is located at www.selfcareagency.com/about-anana-harris-parris
Letitia Gallman is a graduate of Hampton University. She has spent 22 years climbing the corporate ladder at several Fortune 500 companies and is passionate about her involvement in the community. Of her many experiences with civic engagement, Letitia has volunteered with the Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS) and Columbia Literacy Council where she worked to meet the practical needs of these agencies clients. Letitia is a DeKalb County branch of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) where she acted as Guardian Ad Litem and boldly advocated for children in foster care. She is pleased that both her professional and community life has allowed her to hone a transformational leadership style where those that work with her are encouraged to be authentic, humble, client focused and self-aware. Her zest for life pours out in her love for dancing salsa, photography and traveling the world.
NIA SADE AKINYEMI
The SisterCARE Alliance actively particpates in social justice focused collaborative work in coalitions such as the #RespectBlackLife March, SHINE Battered Women's Shelter Self Care Education Initiative, #BlackMamaBailOut Campaign, #MidnightinAmerica March, #UpAllNightForJustice Protest and Georgia Resists Take Down White Supremacy and Hate Coalition to name a few.
This level of involvement and constant service requires coordination, leadership and skill. Nia is our lead liaison for all coalition activity and brings her skill sets in group dynamic communication, project management, volunteer coordination and programmatic documentation to each coalition based activity our organization is involved in.
National Sociopolitical Education Chair
ATTORNEY CANDICE MCKINLEY
With us since our founding, attorney Candice McKinley is a zealous advocate for social justice, civil rights, and education issues with a keen knowledge on how to influence local policy.
Attorney McKinley is also a 2015-2016 Fellow of the Georgia Women's Policy Institute whose goal is to create a diverse cadre of women leaders who can ensure that women's voices are heard by decision makers, to have real impact on women's health, safety and economic empowerment in our state, and to create a ripple effect of increased participation in the policy process across multiple organizations and communities.
Currently, attorney McKinley is the founder of Candice McKinley Law in Atlanta, Ga.
National Co-Chair Self Care through Dance Campaign
DEBORAH AODO HUGHES
If life in dance could be defined, it would be embodied within Debõrah. She was born in Orangeburg and raised Greenwood in South Carolina to an artistic family that creatively influenced her love for the arts. She was exposed to everything from dance, fashion, music and drama. From those experiences growing up she knew this was something she wanted to do all her life. That is when she coined the phrase ARTrepreneur meaning pursing the business of Art. She has danced for various artists and companies from around the world, allowing her to travel with her craft. She is active in the community as a youth dance instructor and freelance life coach. She has worked with Hands On Atlanta who develops low-income areas of Atlanta. She likes to think of herself as an independent philanthropist that builds people through her Art.
Artistic experience includes:
Ballethnic Dance Company
T. Lang Dance Company
Axam Dance Theatre
Being Mary Jane
National Black Arts Festival
SisterCARE Alliance Chapters
WE ARE QUICKLY EXPANDING
Our #selfcarerevolution mission is based on the critical need to create safe places for every member and sister in crisis to work on her own Self Care Plan in a revolutionary way. We know that without guidance and a protected environment, it is almost impossible to begin making healthier self-care choices.
Each city, town, church, college campus, group of friends or organization has an opportunity to be a part of the modern day "Underground Railroad" for the #selfcarerevolution by doing one or all of the following;
1. Partner with us to establish an Official Self Care Day in your area.
2. Contact us and learn how to create you own SisterCARE Alliance Chapter.
3. Host a SisterCARRE Alliance workshop or speaking engagement focused on educating your community about self-care as a form of social justice.
CREATING A NEW SisterCARE Alliance Chapter
The purpose of each chapter is to promote self-care as a form of social justice and social justice as a form of self-care through Self Care Support Group hosting, Self Care Revolution focused events and contributing to the local social justice conversations the practical use of integrating self-care in social justice efforts.
Meet some of our incredible chapter presidents and members.
ATTORNEY ROODGINE BRAY
Roodgine Bray joined the SisterCARE Alliance with the vision and drive to enhance the infrastructure of our Atlanta network, while focusing on empowering members and communities on knowing their legal rights.
Roodgine D. Bray is an Associate with the Davis Bozeman Law Firm practicing in the firm’s Personal Injury, Civil Rights, and Criminal Defense Sections of the Firm. Attorney Bray has been admitted to practice law by the Georgia State Bar. She is a member Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and serves on the Executive Board of the New Rock Legal Society.
Charlotte, NC Chapter President
Jasmine C. Hines is a mother, organization development professional, interventionist, certified yoga instructor, transformational leader, principal of The Inspower Agency and President of the Charlotte Chapter of the SisterCARE Alliance. The Inspower Agency is rooted in the belief that change begins within. Its mission is to co-create actionable paradigm shifts, at the intersection of desires and needs, moving organizations from inspiration to empowerment. The firm specializes in organizational strategy, program design, team building, leadership development and coaching. Grounded in diversity, inclusion, and equity, and social change, the firm’s work is known for being creative, innovative, and effective. In 2016, Jasmine became the first president of the Charlotte Chapter of the SisterCARE Alliances and partner in The Self Care Agency. She wrote a proclamation to the City of Charlotte declaring December 4th, Self Care Day. Bringing the Self Care Day campaign and self-care movement to Charlotte, catalyzes a shift in the current power structure. Clients include: Levine Museum of the New South, Community Building Initiative, and Yoga One Wellness.
Jasmine earned her B.A. from U.C.L.A. and her Master of Science in Organization Development from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte.
ATTORNEY EBONY LOVE
Ebony Love is an attorney and has been a member of the SisterCARE Alliance since 2017. While in law school, Ebony was involved in many social justice activities both on and off campus, striving to make each community she works with more inclusive and stronger in whatever areas they wish to improve. She has been awarded the Michael J. Rollo Diversity Impact Award for helping to make her school and community more inclusive and diverse.
“When I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”