Revelation Law Firm and Melanie Popper showing the way to the oppressed
Revelation Law Firm provides a space for the holistic practice of law. This means looking beyond just the legal aspect and turning the client's attention to comprehensive skills of social workers, therapists and creative theater work to empower and heal from the damages effects of discrimination and harassment. Revelation Law Firm is pleased to be associated with Rainsound, LLC, a local Bay Area business focusing on providing holistic support for historically disadvantaged groups. Rainsound's services and workshops are conducted by Yolonda Young Armstrong, a social worker with over 10 years of professional experience and who is currently completing a master's degree at the School of Social Work at Smith College in Massachusetts. Currently, Ms. YoungArmstrong provides the following services for the Firm: My Revelation For Litigants: This is a somatic education workshop that provides alternating weekly classes for women and men. The series will reoccur every eight weeks (attendees are expected to commit to the full eight weeks). Featuring a variety of somatic artists, each week we will introduce a somatic art (bodycentered modality). Over a twomonth period, attendees will learn eight different bodycentered techniques that will foster healing for the mind, body and spirit. While offering tools of empowerment, these resources can soothe tension, anxiety and fear that often accompany various types of oppressive forces such as domestic and intimate partner violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, and spiritual oppression. 46 Sessions Of Holistic Counseling For LItigants:
Melanie Popper also provides regular holistic services for clients including the following: Demonstrative Videos Based On Theater Of The Oppressed Techniques: The Theatre of the Oppressed workshop consists of physical interactions that are designed to challenge people to truly listen to what they hear, listen to what they touch, and see what they look for. These activities serve to heighten one’s senses, demechanize the body, and get one out of habitual behavior in order to move beyong habitual thinking and interacting. This workshop utilizes the human body as a tool of representing feelings, ideas, and relationships. Through sculpting others or using one’s own body to demonstrate a body position, clients are able to create anything from one person to largegroup videos that reflect their impressions of a situation or form of oppression. These videos can be virtual oneact plays or more often short scenes. In either case, a full presentation is offered to the audience. The joker (difficultator) then says to the audience we will do this again, and if you would do something different than what the protagonist (not the antagonists) is doing, stand up and yell stop. The protagonist will then sit down and the audience member is invited forward to show their solution of the moment. Once the intervention is performed, the audience invariably applauds, and the joker invites the audience to discuss the proposed solution, and to offer even more solutions. At the conclusions of these exercises, the original scenes are replayed with the intention that the protagonists will have learned more about how to handle their distressful interaction.