Welcome to Elder Activists for Social Justice
and Team Meeting
Miss our Examining the Roots of our Injustice Webinar? Watch it HERE
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 Elders Network organization.
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 it in our Archive!
Our Conversations are on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Right Relationship and Respectful Dialog as Elders
Thursday, Nov 16, 9 to 11 am PST 12 to 2 pm EST
As a follow up to last month's exploration of "Truth and Reconciliation", we will continue to discuss what is "right relationship" with our history, our self-identities and with historically oppressed peoples in our country. We have heard that there is no "reconciliation" to an earlier time when colonizers and Indigenous peoples got along and/or to the enslavement and oppression of Native peoples - so how do we communicate with respect and understanding within this context?
In this month’s Elder Activist Social Justice Community Conversation we will try to better understand how we may reach out to people who have been in the frontline of our country's persecutions, listening and learning together as we engage in a dialog that promotes healing. What responsibility do we have as "Elders" working in social justice for this kind of conversation and how does that play out?
We welcome Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in California, whose ancestors were put in bondage in the Missions of Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista. He will share the truth of his tribal history and converse with us about the challenges of mutual healing: he says there is no real path known for this effort, but that it is long overdue that we figure it out together.
Bio: Valentin Lopez has been the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band since 2003, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. Valentin is Mutsun, Awaswas, Chumash and Yokuts. The Amah Mutsun are comprised of the documented descendants of Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. Valentin Lopez is a Native American Advisor to the University o f California, Office of the President on issues related to repatriation. He is also a Native American Advisor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Valentin is actively involved in efforts to restore tribal indigenous knowledge and ensure our history is accurately told. Finally, Valentin is working to restore the Mutsun Language and is a traditional Mutsun singer and dancer. As Chairman, Valentin is a standing member on all Tribal committees and Boards.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with some of the issues and calls of our Native neighbors. Below are several short videos:
- Val Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribe, (2:28 min)
- Kandi Mossett, Decolonizing the mind at Bioneers, 2017, (1:16 min)
- Corrina Gould and the Ohlone Shell Mounds, Bioneers, 2017, (1:21 min)
If you have more time, this is well worth watching:
How to Join the Conversation
We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer, or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues. 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
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