The past few weeks have been...full. Filled with the sorrow and questions emergent from another mass shooting and the inability of leaders’ articulation to talk about masculinity, white supremacy and rage. We witnessed the extraordinary power of grassroots organizers - many of them young People of Color - to ensure that this November we could be proud to support progressive People of Color, Trans, queer and immigrant candidates across the country. We also saw patterns of voting across race that mirrored many of those in 2016 - including the ongoing power of Black women voters and failure of political parties to center their leadership or priorities.
As you reflect on the most recent waves, we share a few offerings that may be relevant to you. Check out this playlist by Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, a poem “moon tell me” by adrienne maree brown, our first episode of season 2 of Fortification featuring Rodney McKenzie & Caitlin Breedlove, an Ancestral Spiritual Resistance Zine from Francisca Porchas & Mijente and this Post-Election Soul Food compilation by Rev. Cathy Rion Starr - a year old but still rather relevant.
As we prepare for the times ahead, we invite you into the next call by the Love Resists Campaign. Focused on building spiritual community and sharing lessons from recent months, we are excited to offer conversations with grassroots organizers leading campaigns against criminalization within our own communities. We hope these webinars will provide both some background information and some practical tools applicable to the work you’re doing.
RSVP for the next conversation on Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, for Love Resists Criminalization: Mass Incarceration, Deportation, and Surveillance Today.
We’ll be joined by:
- Fatema Ahmad, Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League (Boston, MA)
Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director, Mijente (Phoenix, AZ)
Jamila Hammami, Executive Director, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (New York, NY)
Ruth Idakula, Co-Director of Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal / Dignity in Schools Coordinating Committee Member (New Orleans, LA)
Facilitated by Hannah Hafter, UUSC & Love Resists Organizer
Whether or not you’re available for the live conversation, sign up and we’ll get a copy of the conversation to you. We hope the webinars will provide you additional tools within your local context towards community defense, alternatives to the police and more.
Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Ministry Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color and Spiritual Sustenance Advisor, Standing on the Side of Love
Nora Rasman, Campaign Manager, Standing on the Side of Love
P.S. ICYMI: We announced Elizabeth is joining the Campaign full time starting November 15 as the Senior Strategist. See the announcement here.