The SOOTHE Circle


Wellness Support for Individuals & Families

Harmed by Police Brutality & Racial Violence


Summer Session of the SOOTHE Circle begins June 12, 2024


Supporting

Others

Overcoming

Traumatic

Harm

Everywhere

The S.O.O.T.H.E. Circle

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Harms from Police ​Violence and Racial ​Violence Must Be Healed ​Through Community

The SOOTHE Circle was created to support ​individuals and families who are healing ​from the traumatic harm of police brutality ​and racial violence.


The SOOTHE Circle offers free virtual ​support to impacted individuals and ​families by connecting them with a ​grassroots network of community care, ​health and wellness practices, and social ​justice support as a community-led form ​of reparative justice.


The SOOTHE Circle’s mission is to work in ​unity, like the gentle and healing waves of ​the ocean, to soothe some of the pain ​experienced by our family, friends, and ​community.

Community-Led Care

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Community Support

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Wellness Support

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Social Justice Support

The SOOTHE Circle of Support

Community Care & Support

Virtual community space connects impacted individuals and families with each other and allows them to share coping practices with each other and provide mutual support.

Wellness Support

Health and wellness professionals discuss and present mental health and wellness approaches, philosophies, practices to support the grieving and healing process.

Social Justice Support

Social justice activists, ​advocates, attorneys, ​and organizers share ​from experiences ​supporting individuals, ​families, and ​communities impacted ​by police brutality and ​ra​cial violence.

Individual Care & Support

A directory of licensed ​health professionals, ​certified wellness ​practitioners, social ​justice advocates, and ​attorneys with ​experience in police ​brutality and racial ​violence connects ​individuals with one-on-​one support resources.

June 12, 2024 Session

Rosie Chavez of Mothers Against Police Brutality will bless the SOOTHE Circle on June ​12th, 2024 at 7pm with a presentation entitled:


Presentation Title:

To Be Announced


Presenter Bio:

Rosie Chavez is the aunt of Jacob Dominguez, who was unarmed when a San Jose police ​officer killed him in 2017. Ms. Chavez is herself the youngest of five children and the first ​person in her family to go to college. A single mother of three boys, Chavez is a San Jose ​City College alumna, earning a certificate of completion in Alcohol and Drug studies. For 17 ​years, Rosie was a Program Coordinator, Drug Alcohol Counselor, and Mental Health Peer ​Mentor in San Jose.


She works today with Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community organizing, advocacy, and a ​multimedia storytelling organization based in San Jose, as an expression of her ambition to ​create social change after police killed her nephew.


A young father, Jacob was profiled by law enforcement because of his background. Right ​before he lost his life, Jacob participated in a documentary where he was quoted saying, ​“My hope for this film is when people see someone like me, they see the good.”


Rosie’s current role as Participatory Defense/Community Release Project Organizer with ​De-Bug allows her to answer Jacob’s calling “to see the good” in a broader way – to uplift ​the good in individuals facing charges in the criminal justice system and to empower ​families in support of their loved ones, drawing on the extensive network of services and ​resources she has built in the South Bay. In October 2020, out of more than 150 applicants, ​Rosie was chosen to be a 2021-22 Mothers Against Police Brutality Legacy Fellow.

July 31, 2024 Session

Natasha A. Thomas, Ph.D., MT-BC will bless the SOOTHE Circle on July 31, 2024 at 7pm ​with a presentation entitled:


Presentation Title:

To Be Announced


Presenter Bio:


Natasha A. Thomas PhD, MT-BC (They/She + any neo-pronouns offered with respect) is a ​Queer, Black, Disabled child of Caribbean immigrants from St. Vincent, an island that has ​historically been home to shipwreck and volcano, as well as the Kalinago people and ​descendants of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade, among others.


Natasha holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies and teaches Music Therapy at IUPUI, on the ​land of the Miami people (Indianapolis, Indiana), where she lives with her spouse and three ​year old. Natasha is a member of the steering committee for the Black Music Therapy ​Network, Inc. and co-host of their podcast Black Creative Healing.


When not actively creating or playing with their child, you can find Natasha exploring ​ancestral concepts of creativity and healing (particularly within African spiritual ​cosmologies), cooking, gardening, or community building with kin or anyone else willing to ​join them. She works with those who are ready to transform.


The SOOTHE Circle ​Calendar

Supporting

Others

Overcoming

Traumatic

Harm

Everywhere

The S.O.O.T.H.E. Circle

About The SOOTHE Circle

The SOOTHE Circle offers holistic wellness ​support for people healing from police ​brutality and racial violence.


Through the SOOTHE Circle, individuals and ​families can receive community support, ​obtain reliable health, wellness, and justice ​information, engage in interactive self-care ​presentations, and support their overall ​well-being as they grieve, heal, and figure ​out a path forward after enduring the pain ​of state and racial violence.

The volunteers of the SOOTHE Circle are experienced in their professions and have ​supported their family, friends, and community members harmed by police brutality and ​racial violence.


The SOOTHE Circle launched in the fall of 2023 is a community wellness project of ​DivineSense - a management and wellness consulting firm located in Baltimore, ​Maryland.

About The Founder

Dea Lott, J.D., RYT-200, is a wellness ​consultant, healing justice practitioner, ​attorney, organizer, mediator, and the ​founder of both DivineSense and the ​SOOTHE Circle.


Dea was inspired to create the SOOTHE ​Circle after enduring racial violence herself ​and after police violence harmed her family ​member, killed her family friend, Herman ​Whitfield III.


In supporting her relative and the Whitfield family, she recognized the need for an ​alternative system of community-led care for the victims of police brutality that is free ​from the persistent harms of systemic racism and inequities.


Dea has over 20 years of combined personal and professional experience using African ​Indigenous, Classical Yoga, Black American spiritual traditions, and other wellness ​modalities to support overall health and wellbeing. And, Dea has worked on social justice ​issues, as an attorney, law professor, campaign manager, organizer, and in various other ​roles, for over 15 years.

Generously Supported By:

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The SOOTHE Circle is a community ​wellness project from DivineSense.


DivineSense is a Partner of Fusion

Partnerships, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) ​nonprofit organization. Donations to which ​are tax deductible to the fullest extent ​allowed by law. A copy of current financial ​statement is available upon request.

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