For anyone trying to discern what is YOUR work to do in this moment in history… I offer to you a 1-hour podcast accompanied with images to guide you in self-reflection and inquiry as you discern your own personal action plan. Hear ideas about the different types of action that are needed and listen to other participants in the live workshops share their discoveries about what is their work to do at this time. Best wishes to you as you navigate this moment and discover ways to share your gifts and talents in the movement to create a more loving, just and compassionate world for all.
Listen to Linda Sarsour speak truth.
What I learned at Sanctuary: A Partnership Between Immigrant & Faith Communities in Asheville. The call to faith communities was to:
1. Provide sanctuary for the most vulnerable (including those who are undocumented, Muslim, Blacks, LGBTQ, Trans folks)
2. If you can’t provide sanctuary, be the people who are supporting those who are providing sanctuary
3. Listen to the immigrant communities and other communities impacted — ask THEM what they need. Tell others what they tell you they need.
Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in others cities have made public commitments to not have their law officials collect data and do the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Buncombe county Sheriff and Asheville Police Department have not been explicit or transparent about what their position on immigrants is. They have not been willing to make a formal statement saying that they support immigrant communities, and have been asked.
Core components of what a Sanctuary is now:
1. Sanctuary is now about shared political fate.
2. Sanctuary is not single-issue.
3. Sanctuary can be created through policy and through community.
4. Sanctuary cannot be based in paternalism or a white savior mentality.
5. Sanctuary is no longer about four walls.
6. Sanctuary will require local organizing to converge nationally.
7. Sanctuary will require clarity, courage and spiritual fortitude.
MONEY is a huge factor in this fascist state we are quickly shifting into and a powerful component of successful strategies. The majority of the players in power are invested in making money and the majority of the players on the ground cultivating freedom and justice are in need of money. ACTION involves making choices to NOT SPEND MONEY in places that are supporting these unjust policies AND GIVING MONEY to grassroots organizations that are leading the way to a future that works for all. When NYC taxi drivers at JFK went on strike in protest of the ban, Uber lowered its airport ride prices to break the strike. Do you enjoy the ease and convenience of Uber? Would you give it up and stand behind taxi drivers that were making a statement for a greater good? Encourage LYFT’s decision to donate $1 million to ACLU? (Article about Deleting Uber as a boycott)
Here are some suggestions from Linda Sarsour of the Arab-American Association of the US of places to CONTRIBUTE MONEY.
by ashley on January 17, 2017 in Activism, Awareness, BlackLivesMatter, change, civil rights, Collaboration, community, Democracy, history, Indigenous People, LGBTQ+, politics, social justice, Solidarity, Women
Quite an inspiring platform for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. It’s been reported that over 200,000 women are planning to attend in Washington and marches are also happening all around the country/world. Read the full document. Understand the complexity of what people are standing up for. Revealing our numbers is just the beginning… then we continue to work together to make these principles a reality. Together we are capable of so much.
- Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.
- Gender Justice is Racial Justice is Economic Justice.
- Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of violence against our bodies.
- We believe in accountability and justice for police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color.
- It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.
- We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education.
- We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.
- We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings.
- We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. We believe that creating workforce opportunities that reduce discrimination against women and mothers allow economies to thrive.
- We believe in equal pay for equal work and the right of all women to be paid equitably
- We recognize that women of color carry the heaviest burden in the global and domestic economic landscape, particularly in the care economy. We further affirm that all care work–caring for the elderly, caring for the chronically ill, caring for children and supporting independence for people with disabilities–is work, and that the burden of care falls disproportionately on the shoulders of women, particularly women of color. We stand for the rights, dignity, and fair treatment of all unpaid and paid caregivers.
- We believe that all workers – including domestic and farm workers – must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage, and that unions and other labor associations are critical to a healthy and thriving economy for all.
- We believe Civil Rights are our birthright. Our Constitutional government establishes a framework to provide and expand rights and freedoms–not restrict them. To this end, we must protect and restore all the Constitutionally-mandated rights to all our citizens, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability.
- We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- We believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin. It is our moral duty to keep families together and empower all aspiring Americans to fully participate in, and contribute to, our economy and society. We reject mass deportation, family detention, violations of due process and violence against queer and trans migrants
- We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands.
“The well-off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. The poor in our countries have been shut out of our minds, and driven from the mainstream of our societies, because we have allowed them to become invisible. Just as nonviolence exposed the ugliness of racial injustice, so must the infection and sickness of poverty be exposed and healed – not only its symptoms but its basic causes. This, too, will be a fierce struggle, but we must not be afraid to pursue the remedy no matter how formidable the task.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. from his Nobel lecture upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
I’m thankful for this reminder for acceptance and forgiveness from Heather Plett.
If you’re busy dismantling the patriarchy, you don’t need to know how to fold a fitted sheet.
If you’re a safe place to land for wounded friends, it’s okay if you forgot to take out the trash this week.
If you’re creating a piece of art, you can be forgiven for eating junk food for supper.
If you’re teaching somebody to read, nobody needs to know that you’re wearing the same pants you wore yesterday.
If you were kind to a stranger today, it doesn’t matter that you have no fashion sense.
Do whatever you’re good at and let the rest be “good enough”.