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Sacred Activism

The values and ideals I live by were inspired by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone’s book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy. Macy, ecophilosopher, scholar of Buddhism & deep ecology, is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, & I had the great honor of taking one of […]

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Precious Fossils

I feel gratitude for many things: sunlight, birds in the oak trees in my garden, Daraja Academy, the ability to learn & grow, being in a body & all of the discoveries that brings. It is a gift to receive each day & all of its moments, to accept what life offers, to do all […]

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Red Lantern

This sculpture by Andy Cao & Xavier Perrot at Cornerstone Festival Gardens in Sonoma held me captive for many minutes. Called Red Lantern, the reddish orange crystals hanging over the water held the sun’s light on the windswept day I visited. I sat cross-legged at the end of the railroad ties, asking the art to […]

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In These Arms, A Song for All Beings “” Jennifer Berezan

In this time when the news shows humanity’s increased disharmony, forgotten interconnectedness, and our leaders using war as a solution to war, I send this beautiful song of remembrance from Jennifer Berezan. We all want to be happy and not to suffer. We all want love.  Let’s be that love.  

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2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Deborah welcoming guests to the opening reception of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating Kenya and China. She was also one of the sponsors of “Divas Night,” celebrating women singers from Kenya.  

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Career Girls

“It isn’t enough to tell young girls to “dream big” or “aim high.” Without proper encouragement, or concrete methods for turning their abilities into tangible careers, many young women can simply flounder in the educational system. Career Girls is an organization dedicated to providing young girls of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds with the […]

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Please join us and help transform a girl’s life

LaTanya Richardson Jackson & Deborah Santana Invite you to spend one Saturday afternoon to transform a girl’s life. Please join us for delicious food and wine, and information about how you can help girls change the world. We will show award-winning short documentary Girls of Daraja. Founders Jason & Jenni Doherty will share Daraja Academy’s […]

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Grace Lee Boggs

I describe myself as a social activist, philanthropist, and spiritual seeker. I study the history and expressions of women leaders who are working to make the world a better place for all. One of my sheroes is Grace Lee Boggs, who started a school to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of […]

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