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November 2020 Newsletter

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Gratitude for Health

It's November, and the season of thankfulness is upon us. We at Community Conversations are grateful to be going strong three months into our twelfth season.

While 2020 has certainly not been an easy year, there is much to be grateful for, and good reason to express that gratitude: gratitude makes us happier and healthier, and more connected. 
So, in times like these, it is important to recognize gratitude as an act of self-care and an act of resistance. In this spirit, we ask you to join us in being loudly and proudly grateful for the things worth cherishing in life.

As we figure out how to survive in a virtual world, we would like to express special thanks.

To our 687 community members:

Thank you for joining us in conversation. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to new technologies (and all of the technical difficulties that come with them). Thank you for continually engaging (and keeping your cameras on!), creating a safe and constructive space for all.

To our 240+ fiercely loyal faculty and 289 community partners:

We couldn't do it without you. We so appreciate the time, talent, and treasure that each of you contribute to CC's sustainability. 

To our membership at large:

While we encourage gratitude for others, it's equally important to be kind with yourself. Remember to thank yourself for managing stressful times with grace. We hope that this newsletter will inspire you to practice gratitude of all types this season.

As we head into the end of 2020, we hope that you will consider a donation to Community Conversations in your end-of-year giving. Every little bit helps us to ensure that our programming can continue to be free and available to all Black women in our community!

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Re-Tooling for a Virtual World
Last quarter, CC sent out our second-ever newsletter on "Re-Energizing Through Connection and Creativity". Click here to read updates on a summer of hard work and much organizational growth.
Being Your Authentic Self in White Spaces
In September, we discussed barriers to being yourself in white spaces, as well as brainstorming strategies to lessen the burden. For more details, visit the Past Programming Table and/or check out September's educational materials.
Navigating Isolation and Depression in Stressful Times
In October, we discussed the trauma of experiencing multiple pandemics and shared strategies for safe connection and healthy coping despite our experiences of depression and isolation. For more details, visit the Past Programming Table and/or check out October's educational materials and infographic.
Surviving Together: If We're Confused, How Do You Think Our Kids Feel?
In November, we discussed how children of all ages may be impacted by these trying times and discussed tips for navigating parent-child relationships. For more details, visit the Past Programming Table or check out November's educational materials and infographic.
A New Website Design

Led by design expert Mel, we have reimagined the CC website. We are grateful for the expertise that Mel brought to this project, and to Grace and Dita their "end user" perspectives. We hope that you find navigation of the new website more intuitive and that you check out some of the new content and health resources we've added.

here to see it for yourself!
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Gratitude for New and Sustaining Partnerships
Time and Talent

Strategic Planning: CC has engaged its core constituencies (faculty, Community Steering Committee, and interns and fellows) in a critical strategic planning process. This committee is composed of three working groups dedicated to the development of a business structure consistent with CC's model and mission, a robust and focused business plan, and diverse funding streams for sustainability.

Extending Partnerships: Recognizing metro Boston's rich community of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) allies and accomplices, CC has focused this fall on learning from our partners. A special shoutout to Corinne Espinoza, Associate Director at the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, and Eric Leslie, Co-Founder and Lead Organizer at Union Capital Boston, for organizational mentorship and guidance.


Donations and Funding Steams: This fall, CC has received support and encouragement from organizations supporting our commitment to anti-racist efforts and just, equitable, and inclusive healthcare access, uptake and outcomes. We thank each of the following organizations for their generous and invaluable support in the past few months:

We Want to Hear from You!

We have put together a very  brief survey to gather your feedback on the topics, pieces of conversations or specific exchanges, and even favorite faculty members that have been particularly impactful to you. We would really appreciate it if you could find 2-3 minutes to fill it out. Let us know what we could do better. Are there any topics or faculty you would like to see in upcoming conversations?

How Can I Help?

We are so grateful for the love, energy, and support you bring to this community. We could not do this without your time, treasure, and talent.
Support CC with your time:                 add your voice to the conversation
                                            join or create a committee
                                                                  network on our behalf

Contribute professional expertise:   grant writing 
                   legal counsel
                                      web design (using Wix)
Spread the word: we are looking for pro bono tech support

For all those interested in community health and looking for a chance to utilize your programming and design skills: Community Conversations, a local women's health initiative, is looking for a team of interns to aid with tech support for our website on the platform Wix. Interns created the website; now it is undergoing a renovation and we are looking for help maintaining it. Responsibilities include developing new features for the website, keeping website information up-to-date, and attending monthly conversations that are centered on various community-generated health topics. Ideal applicants will have familiarity with Wix and/or HTML/CSS. Interested applicants are invited to check out our website If this is a community you are interested in joining, please fill out the application under the "Get Involved" tab! Reach out to Dita Obler with any questions you may have.
Your contribution suppports: monthly salon programming, workforce development initiatives, collaborations with sister organizations, efforts to share our model, research efforts

Please consider a recurring donation if you can.
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Continue to Make Your Voice Heard

We were so proud to see the massive voter turnout in the recent election. As we always say, it takes a village -- and that means that positive change is only possible when as many people as possible are engaged in the democratic process.
We are thankful for leadership and engagement

We are grateful to the educators, healthcare workers, and community organizers who every day embody the principles of democracy, justice, and equity as they care for others. And we want to give a special shoutout to our heroes Stacey Abrams (eg New Georgia ProjectFair Fight Action) and the late John Lewis (eg Voting Rights Act), who have committed their lives to bringing others into the democratic project.
In addition to financially supporting CC, you may consider giving your support to the Georgia runoff Senate election that will take place on January 5, 2021.
CC Intern Team
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