Social Justice

THE PEPPER PLAYLIST // COMMUNITY CHOIR

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Social Justice



Drum circle helps refugee women heal from trauma

About thirty refugee women sat in a circle at a church in El Cajon on a recent Monday morning, thrumming the pulse of a heartbeat on hand drums and with shakers. Under the guidance of Ari Honarvar, they played first for a member of one of the organizations involved in the drum circle who had recently had surgery.


In partnership with License to Freedom, a nonprofit that focuses on helping refugees and immigrants who are survivors of domestic violence, since September, Honarvar has led twice-monthly drum circles in El Cajon designed to help participants heal from trauma they’ve experienced.

Kids with special needs find a choir all their own at Butler University

Lauren Southard has an ear for music and a heart for children. Both are on display in a practice room at Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University, where Southard cajoles a group of Indianapolis Children’s Choir members through a series of songs, games and exercises on a Thursday night.


The ICC’s Jubilate Choir is geared for children with special needs in grades 3 through 9. The half-dozen kids here on this night have a host of challenges, including autism and visual impairment, but they also share a sense of belonging in this classroom.

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