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GLOBAL MALA: Yoga for Peace

  • Living Arts Collective 410 West Geer Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

Where do we want to go? How do we want to grow? How do we create opportunities for all members of our community? Let’s build Durham’s future, together. And that first step to getting there is by electing Pierce Freelon for Mayor of Durham.

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, UN International Peace Day, the Durham yoga community is coming together as part of the Global Mala, an international movement for peace, in support of Pierce Freelon’s campaign for mayor. On this eve of the Fall Equinox let’s unite in the spirit of equality, justice and peace in action, and breathe the change we wish to see in Durham.

Beginning at 6:30pm at Living Arts Collective, Pierce will kick-off the event with an inspirational dharma talk. Nina Be, Carson Efird, Patrice Graham + Carrington Jackson will then offer an open-level practice including asana, pranayama and meditation creating space for peace and positive change within ourselves and our community. Everyone is welcome, bring a yoga mat if you have one. We so hope you and your friends and family can join us.

We are asking participants to contribute whatever they can, and there’s no minimum, but if each guests contributes between $10-20, we should be able to reach our goal of $1008. These funds will help Pierce’s campaign register voters, go door to door, and provide campaign resources to our community – all things critical to victory.

Many have already have joined Pierce’s campaign, in person and online, and I hope you’ll join us on September 21, UN International Peace Day, to help put Pierce in office to move us forward in the spirit of peace in action.

Pierce Freelon is a musician, professor and social entrepreneur with a passion for creativity and community. Born and raised in Durham, he earned a BA in African and African American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and an MA in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University. He has taught music, political science and African American studies at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University.

Pierce is the founder of Blackspace, a digital maker space where young people learn about music, film and coding, and front man of the jazz hip-hop band The Beast. He also co-founded Beat Making Lab, an Emmy-Award winning PBS web-series and social entrepreneurship community program. He is the youngest person to be appointed by the Governor to serve on the North Carolina Arts Council board. He has also served on the boards of the Durham Library Foundation, Nasher Museum of Art, KidZNotes and others. Freelon has traveled the world, building spaces for creative expression and social justice. Pierce lives in Durham with his wife Katye and their two children.

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