Thank you for visiting this site and for your interest in freedom singing, story circles civil rights and human rights movement culture and traditions. Here, you will find information about story circles, history on the art of the Jali, and stories of New Orleans and southern Louisiana justice movement history. Enjoy! – Wendi Moore-O’Neal
Jaliyah Consulting’s work is with Black and similarly oppressed people who resist what harms our communities. The work supports our community to get stronger and do better at transforming the oppressive material conditions we live in to reflect a future in which we can live and thrive. We use Civil Rights Movement history, culture, and traditions to inspire people who actively resist injustice to align resistance work with principles that build beloved community.
Jaliyah Consulting seeks to connect and support people in recognizing patterns, challenging, and transforming white supremacist culture. We aim to support committed to building a more just city, state, country and beyond any borders through:
Our work is rooted in practices I learned from civil rights movement veterans. Jaliyah Uses freedom singing, to apply movement values and lessons from the past to change conditions in the contemporary moment. We get groups to listen and tell stories of life experiences to encourage people to organize across a broad range of issues and identities to practice being fearless enough to build working class people’s power to live whole, creative lives for our families and communities.
As a cultural worker, activist, facilitator, and educator, Wendi O’Neal works to connect social and economic justice groups’ mission, vision and values with how everyday work gets done. She uses spiritually grounded practices, visual art, story circles and song sharing as tools for growing inspiration and building democratic process.
Born and raised in New Orleans, she has worked in local, regional and national organizations; but her heart’s work is rooted in the Deep South of the US, especially the kind of organizing that happens around kitchen tables and good food. She is a dancer, “markers & scrap paper” visual artist, freedom-song-singer and teacher.
One of her favorite teachers is her father, John O’Neal, co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, a Radical Black Theater project that grew out of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s. In 1991, she helped found one of the first documented out lesbian and bisexual women’s alliances at a Historically Black College, Spelman, in Atlanta, GA – which continues to exist as the group, Afrekete, today.
Some groups Wendi has worked with include: Amnesty International, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, Southerners on New Ground, The Highlander Research and Education Center, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and Junebug Productions’ Free Southern Theater Institute
The People’s Community Sing
This bi-monthly event is a chance for people to build a vocal community through singing freedom songs together. All levels of experience are welcome – especially children and elders. You don’t have to know how to sing to add your voice and have a great time.
There are two sings scheduled every month 4-6pm @ The People’s Assembly Office, 1418 N Claiborne Ave:
Upcoming Community Sing Events
Saturday, March 3, 2018 11am – 7pm, Womanifest 9 at ArtSpace, 3116 St. Claude Ave
Wendi Moore-O’Neal will be leading a community sing (3:30pm – 4:00pm) at Womanifest 9. Womanifest 9 is a festival dedicated to the celebration and growth of Black Women. All are welcome to celebrate! Eat, shop, enjoy and SUPPORT the beauty and talents of brilliant Black women! Come enjoy community event that includes FREE Community Workshops, and performances including Alcendor, Kelly Love Jones, and Sunni Patterson.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 4-6pm at The People’s Assembly Office, 1418 N Claiborne Ave
The People’s Community Sing happens every 1st Sunday of the month
Sunday, March 18, 2018 4-6pm at The People’s Assembly Office, 1418 N Claiborne Ave
The People of Color Community Sing happens every 3rd Sunday of the month
Saturday, April 7, 2018 7:30pm at Dixon Hall, Tulane University
Concert: What is the Sound of Freedom? Featuring Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Dr. Tyshawn Sorey, and Patricia and William Parker.
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 4 pm– 6pm at Dr. Millie Charles Hall on SUNO Main Campus, 6400 Press Drive
Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, singer, composer and choral director, formerly of Grammy award winning acapella singing group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, leads a very special People’s Community Sing
This Little Light
There will be a New Orleans Premier this spring of the 50 minute documentary film about a Black-Feminist butch-lesbian, Wendi Moore-O’Neal, who was fired by the Mennonite Central Committee (an international peace and justice organization) because she married her wife, and what she decided to do in response in the era of a Trump-led Justice Department. Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Ada McMahon and Wendi Moore-O’Neal