Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Purple Liera.
Alex Purple, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began my healing journey nine years ago. Since then, I’ve recognized that healing includes community.
Through this process, my roommate Xochitl Palomera introduced me to a Womxn’s healing Circle based out of Corazón Del Pueblo.
It was in this very circle that I found a sense of sisterhood and belonging. I felt seen by these Womxn and I realized that we all had common struggles.
A few years after attending circle, as a participant, the facilitators Margo Hernandez and Amanda Ayala, passed down circle responsibilities over to me. Womxn’s circle kept evolving and eventually, it gave me the idea to start the WOC Sister Collective. I decided that I was ready to pour back into my community the way other womxn poured into my healing journey. I knew I was moving toward something bigger than me. Healing was a major part of this process.
Since the launch of the WOC Sister Collective, we’ve had some beautiful guest facilitators share their wisdom with the community. Facilitators like Leah Garza from Crystals of Altamira, my mentors Trini Rodriguez & Raquel Salinas from Sylmar Hummingbird Lodge, Belen Velazquez & Claudia Lara from Womxn’s Circle, Xochitl Palomera from Corazón Del Pueblo, Brandi Carlos from Therapy for Latinx and many more. We’ve had circles expand into other communities like in Long Beach and in Baltimore. The prayer is that we continue to empower our sisters to feel inspired to start their own circles, workshops, and collectives.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The WOC Sister Collective is still growing and evolving. I hope to continue to share this work with more Womxn throughout LA and in other communities. This is not easy work, and it is work that I continue to learn about as I hold space for womxn. I have learned that we cannot do this work if we don’t share a part of ourselves. When we share our personal stories, it gives others the courage to do the same.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with WOC Sister Collective – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The WOC Sister Collective’s vision is to create community, connection, and collaboration with & through sisterhood. It is a platform for womxn of color to share their gifts, find their voice, and step into their power.
We offer a wide variety of WOC focused events, healing circles, and workshops that educate, motivate and empower womxn in our community. Our healing circles take place at Eastside Cafe which is an autonomous community space. Our intention is to create a place where we are free to be ourselves, to be vulnerable, & to speak our truth while being held in a safe and brave space created by and for Womxn of color.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My hope is that the WOC Sister Collective continues to grow. I am currently working on virtual workshops and circles so that womxn from other communities have access to our resources.
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