Celebrate our Amplify Austin success! Okay, it hasn’t happened yet, but we are already planning a party. Thursday, March 5, 5:30-8:30, All Saints Church, 209 W. 27th St., Austin. Our Truth Be Told community will share in the fun of watching our hard work pay off when donations start to roll in as Amplify starts. We’ll have food and most importantly, a chance to build community with the people who make our work possible. Come meet our board, founders, facilitators, donors, and graduates. If you are on social media, you can help spread updates and reminders since the 24-hours of fundraising will just be getting underway.
Personal Fundraising Campaigns. We have 28 fundraising pages! Some are still “under construction” but check them out. More than half way to our goal of 50 and we still have 24 days before the event. Creating a fundraising page can be challenging, but we are here to help. Just contact Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathleen (email@example.com). Once you have a page, you just spread the word to your network: email, Facebook, twitter, whatever. Or you can just talk to your friends.
Who I Want to Be. The Mask Exercise guides the women to a deeper understanding about themselves and the way they hide their vulnerabilities. They discover masks that cover up who they want to be and masks that conceal who they are. These two fabulous drawings were created during the exercise by Michelle M., a graduate of the Talk to Me and Discovery classes at the Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, TX.
Who I’m Afraid To Reveal. In Michelle’s writing she expressed feeling like a “broken vessel” and “screaming to be free”.
Kathryn S. found her voice in three classes at the GEO Lockhart Unit, Talk To Me, Discovery, and Let’s Get Real. She was released on December 10, 2014 and got in touch right away to connect with our Beyond Bars activities. Kathryn already has a job, has reunited with her family, and is falling in love with her grandchild. Her poem, My Wall of Masks, is her creative expression from the Mask Exercise and is printed in the Discovery class Book of Wisdom.
My Wall of Mask
I have discovered that hidden beneath my mask,
I am still me.
I am every mask that I put on.
I am every mask that you might see.
Each mask has a different face,
every moment, every time at each and every place.
They are all unique, but they are the same.
I don’t remember them all,
but they do have their own name.
My mask of laughter, my mask of tears.
My mask of courage, and, yes,
my mask of fears.
My mask of failure, my mask of shame,
my mask of accomplishment,
My mask of fame.
My mask of success. But,
what does that really show?
My mask of right now
is the only one I truly know.
My mask that I hide behind,
my mask that I embrace.
My masks are all a part of me.
I wear them upon my face.
I could go on and on about
the many masks I wear.
But right now at this moment,
this is the woman I want to share.
So when I put my mask on
for you and the world to see,
it doesn’t really matter what it looks like.
They are all and each
A part of me.