#40 DJ Ali Gruber (Get Down Upstate) / Gabrielle Hill (Restorative Justice) “Michael Jackson Dance Party Queen and Circle Keeper”

Hello listeners!!! Theresa called in from the badlands in South Dakota!! Check out her instagram for photos from her current road-trip HERE appropriately tagged #theresagongswest. In our catch up opening discussion Theresa tells us a story about The Moon Maiden of the Cahuilla tribe and their folklore or the creation of the moon! And what would you know, today’s the full moon. Good job T…. Theresa reminds us that the moon is symbolic of water, water is very healing, when we work with water it has this transformative power, what do YOU want to transform? Check out MYSTICMAMMA for some guidance!!!

Our first guest today is Ali Gruber, aka DJ Ali Spins of Get Down Upstate. She’s been a DJ spinning vinyl for over 10 years now! After graduating from Suny New Paltz, she met her partner Louis and became a vegetarian chef cooking in the Hudson Valley, she coined herself Souper Woman! Around 2008 Ali started DJing, she inherited 2 purple turn tables and used her eclectic record collection and created one of the funnest parties around these parts! Also around that time her partner was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The conversation goes through her navigation of growing her DJ career, caring for her now disabled partner, buying an old house in Kingston and having an unexpected magical baby. She’s incredibly inspiring, she’s self motivated and has amazing endurance and a great sense of humor. I think you will really enjoy this interview!

Our second guest today is Gabrielle Hill who was interviewed by Theresa a few weeks ago when they were meeting to speak about bringing some Restorative Justice work to Kingston. Gabrielle is a vital member of her Newburgh community and a Circle Keeper at the Restorative Center. She shares about the Circle practice and how it creates a safe place for community members to move through conflict with one another, how it is about listening to learn and not to reply, and how it creates a space where no one is made to feel inferior. She is passionate about finding our commonality in community while celebrating our differences. Gabrielle is a positive force for good who seeks out gratitude daily.

Todayโ€™s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.
We heard music from Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/, and audio from the film, Sheโ€™s Beautiful When Sheโ€™s Angry, http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com

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