The Making-Visible Story
Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon met in 2015 at the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community in Washington DC, where they practiced mindfulness together. They both benefited personally from the practice and were able to recognize their own suffering, which awakened an awareness in them regarding the suffering of others, specifically vulnerable communities here in the United States.
Annie had some experience working in racial justice circles, and Adriana was a member of the Latinx community, and so they discussed the stereotyping, prejudice, injustice and discrimination that exists in front of us every day.
Adriana shared about cultural differences between Mexico and the US, along with her personal struggles and achievements. This sparked an idea in Annie to extend an invitation to the larger mindfulness community to learn about and discuss race with people from the community experiencing the effects of racism. Adriana brought in the awareness that conversations about racism rarely include Latinos.
So together, they decided to bring attention and focus to these issues, starting with Latinx issues. They created a new, online sangha: Making-Visible: the Invisible Latinos. The 2018 launch of this powerful program opened with five video calls about the Latinx community, curated and led by Adriana, and produced by Annie.
Making-Visible was so successful that they decided to extend the program in 2019 to raise awareness about the Indigenous Community and Women’s issues. Activist leaders from each of these communities share their inspiring stories in a webinar setting in order to educate and inform those who join us to learn together. The Making-Visible movement will continue through 2020 with a plan to bring light to the issues of anti-black racism and gender justice topics.
Sessions are in English, accessible, and co-led by Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon.
Translations and physical accommodations are provided.
Adriana is a Mexican woman who has lived in the DC area for 8 years. She has degrees in Communications and Gastronomy and is an executive in media, research, marketing and communication. Adriana has been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and has extensive knowledge of relationships and cultural contrasts and a special interest in how Latin-American culture contributes to US culture as a whole.
Annie is a white, Armenian-American, ordained (lay) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, and Opening Heart Mindfulness community, and founder and treasurer of the Pink House Foundation, a grant making organization supporting the development political and social capital for marginalized groups in the US. She has been a student of mindfulness since the early 1990's.
In lieu of fees, we ask you to consider making a donation. 100% of the offerings help offset costs for operations and guest speaker fees. All monies beyond those costs to back to these communities in distress.
Adriana & Annie
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While we are continuing to learn and ask questions ourselves, we are happy to discuss with you privately about any questions or comments you might have about the Making-Visible movement. We would be happy to hear from you.