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Welcome to Elder Activists for Social Justice

Community Conversation and Team Meeting

We use the first hour of our meeting to discuss subjects that are related to our mission, which is to educate ourselves regarding issues of social injustice, to share our growing understanding of these issues, and to develop an initial plan for collaborative, active engagement to address these issues as we build the EASJ Team and the Conscious Elers Network Organization..

Our essential and in-depth studies have been about how racism is prevalent today throughout our systems, institutions and structures, how oppression keeps us divided and continues unfair economic discrepancies, such as lack of education and poverty.

Subjects in which we have had and continue deep conversation are White Privilege, Native American issues, Cultural Misappropriation and the Doctrine of Discovery. Most recently we have been exploring our own cultural, family, and personal identifications, as part of our effort to understand how circumstances shape and limit our worldviews. Birth Place: Earth ~ Race: Human ~ Politics: Freedom ~ Religion: Love

The second hour of our call is our monthly “business meeting.” ALL are invited into our exciting discussions where we work together to get into action, as individuals and as an organization. We are also currently in conversation about our EASJ proposal to hold a public Webinar and workshops on the West and East Coasts.

Our format is experiential and everyone has a chance to share. On the first of each month approximately two weeks before the meeting we will publish information about our subject with applicable reading, videos, articles and / or prompting questions. 

We welcome all newcomers to CEN as well as seasoned EASJ friends to engage with us in meaningful conversation. Learn more about EASJ HERE

Miss our last meeting? Watch them in our Archive!

Our Conversations are on the 3rd Thursday of each month  

August 17th, from 9:30 to 11 am Pacific time, 12:30 to 2 pm Eastern time 
Via Zoom conferencing

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION:This past year our EASJ focus has been on exploring the history and legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery and how it has affected Indigenous peoples and European colonists since 1492. Read and Sign our Declaration on the Doctrine of Discovery

Our guests will be Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel:

Carl Anthony will talk about the history of slavery and its relationship to the Doctrine of Discovery, largely an untold story in US history, through his unique lens of cosmology and race. Paloma Pavel will touch on practical stories from the frontline communities plus promising initiatives and tools for community involvement. Our goal is to stimulate reflection, conversation, deeper understanding and appropriate action toward justice and healing. (bios below)

Before the Call:

If you wish learn more here are some OPTIONAL resources:
1. A description of Carl's upcoming book: The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race.
2. Building Just and Resilient Communities: New Foundations for Ecopsychology, M. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony 
3. Voices from the Community: Social Equity and Smart Growth, 14 min. video -- shows social and environmental issues that have resulted from this unique history, produced by Carl's organization.

Carl Anthony
Carl C. Anthony is revered as a social justice leader and the founding director of Urban Habitat, one of the country’s first environmental justice organizations, known for pushing the mainstream environmental movement to confront issues of race and class. He is an architect and regional design strategist; and is co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project. His career has included several key roles at the Ford Foundation, leading global and U.S.-based sustainability and equity programs. He is the author of: The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, which will be published in October, 2017 -- a memoir that interweaves urban history, racial justice, and cosmology with personal experiences as an architect/planner, environmentalist, and black American; offering a new worldview to people of color. His work is both a personal story and an exposition of ideas that will appeal to those who appreciate thoughtful writing on issues of race, including individuals exploring their own identity and activists interested in democratizing power and advancing equitable policies for historically marginalized communities.

Paloma Pavel, PhD, President of Earth House Center; co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project; and, Director of Strategic Communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation. Her academic background includes graduate study at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Harvard University. She is a frequent lecturer and keynote presenter nationally and internationally on the theory of living systems and urban sustainability. Currently, she is a visiting faculty member at the University of California, Davis, where she also serves on the Regional Advisory Council for the Center for Regional Change; and, is editor of the nationally recognized book entitled, Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis

PLUS TEAM PLANNING MEETING: 11 to 11:30am PST, 2-2:30pm EST. We will have our monthly “business meeting” where we work together to get into action, as individuals and as an organization. ALL are welcome!
We are planning two events:

  1. WEBINAR -- Saturday, Sept 23, 9:30-11:30 am PST, 12:30-2:30 pm EST, for the general public Examining the Roots of Injustice in Our American History In this webinar we will look at the Doctrine of Discovery and its impact; we will see 1 -2 videos which include Indigenous voices and experiences and there will be opportunities to share our responses in small groups. We will honor our very valid feelings of pain, grief, horror, anger – with compassionate acceptance so that our self-identify may change in the process.
  2. FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOP -- San Francisco Bay Area Saturday, October 14, 9:30 am- 4:30 pm PST Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change -Towards Right Relationships The morning will feature a 2 hour workshop, developed by the Boulder Friends Meeting, with strong experiential components, facilitated by John Sorensen and team. The workshop will be followed by an exploration of how we own this history as elders; in our lives, experiences, actions and relationships.

How to Join the Call

Note: We want to start on time. In consideration of the whole group, please arrive 15 minutes early for the meeting in order to get successfully connected. Someone will be on hand to help you if needed. Once the meeting begins there will be no more tech support. Once you are connected via Zoom you are welcome mute your microphone and turn off your video until just before the meeting starts - or you may enjoy chatting with others in the meeting while you wait. 

Link here for instruction and access to Zoom conferencing

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