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As Conscious Elders we feel a moral responsibility to address the many challenges facing our communities, and to discover ways in which to offer our resources, wisdom and generativity in service of the preservation and protection of life for future generations.
The Elder Activists in Social Justice team is concerned with deepening our understanding of the root causes of social justice issues, with a particular emphasis on racism, white privilege, linked oppressions, and income disparity, plus the many ways these issues impact our society.
The purpose of the EASJ Team is to educate and engage the Conscious Elders Network and interested elders in social justice issues, so that together we can build a more just and thriving world for all.
Our mission 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 EESJ Team.
Some of the questions that we ask:
- How can we deepen and expand our understanding of issues of social justice and become allies to people who have been marginalized by our society?
- How do these underlying social justice issues -- oppression, inequality, racism, white privilege – affect all of us?
- How do we explore the intersection of social, economic and environmental justice, which are each rooted in separation - the disconnection of individuals from each other, from our nurturing planet Earth, and from a source of spiritual guidance?
OUR CURRENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
Monthly meetings of the EASJ Team that are divided between study of social justice issues and planning effective responses to these issues within CEN, our local communities, and in our nation.
A monthly CEN Community Social Justice Conversation – providing resources to be read and then discussed in a facilitated conversation, via teleconference, videoconference, or in person locally.
Encouraging our members to enroll in the Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive – to deepen our understanding and become empowered activist leaders in our own communities.
Developing this EASJ webpage – to share resources & ways to become actively engaged, and to offer a monthly blog.
You are invited to join our monthly team meeting and/or our monthly CEN Community Social Justice Conversation.
View our team's 2016 Elders Activists in Social Justice Plan.