WHO WE ARE:
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. 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, share our growing understanding of these issues, and encourage collaborative, active engagement to address these issues as we build the EASJ 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 actions are divided between the study of social justice issues and coordinating
effective responses to these issues within CEN, our local communities, and in our nation.
It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake, because my great, great grandchildren
…ask me in dreams, “What did you do while the planet was plundered? Drew Dellinger
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
- Join Us for a Community Conversation
- Look at our Resolutions and Letters of Support - perhaps it will spur your interest?
- Start an EASJ conversation with your friends/in your community
Look at our Archives of Conversation Topics & Resources
WHAT WE DO:
Community Conversation 3rd Thursday of the month 9 - 11am PDT Noon - 2pm EDT
The first hour is a lightly facilitated, educational and interactive online conversation. The second hour is our Team business meeting.
We use the first hour of our meeting to discuss subjects that are related to our mission. We began, 3 years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native people’s history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous months and the interests of those attending.
Approximately two weeks before each meeting we post resources about our subject which include relevant readings, videos, articles, and introspective questions. Our meeting format is participatory, and everyone has a chance to interact and share. All meetings are via ZOOM- click for instruction and access to Zoom conferencing. ALL ARE WELCOME
The second half of the meeting is for “business” and we discuss the actions that the EASJ team are working on, along with possible topics for the next month’s meeting.
EASJ Business Meeting 4th Wednesday of the month 9 - 10am PDT NOON - 1pm EDT
In this semi-monthly team meeting, we continue to plan for collaborative, active engagement to address these issues.
Stand with the Gwich'in People. Hear the voice of one of the last Native Nations who still depend on direct contact with Natural systems for a way of life in Alaska.
Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival- We are organizing Elders to participate in this campaign to revitalize Martin Luther King's dream to eradicate poverty, and provide an opportunity for every American.
Amah Mutsun Tribal Band- See our letter of support to prevent a quarry on their sacred land in central, coastal California, called Project Juristac. Sign their petition here and our Resolution of Supportof their lifeways. Visit their website here.
Standing Rock Resolution of Support We have supported Standing Rock Sioux and their continuing efforts to keep fossil fuel in the ground. Several of our members participated in the camps at Standing Rock. Visit their website here.
Renouncing the Doctrine of Discovery- the 15th century Papal edict which empowered European nations to conquer and subjugate Indigenous people in the Americas, Africa, and India. As we studied its continuing impact on modern life we urge all to organize and renounce this Doctrine.
ELDERS STANDING is a growing network of individuals and organizations, a powerful voice for elders who want to bring our collective wisdom and experience to solving the problems of our time; following the traditions of our ancestors -- as Elders speaking for the common good.
ELDERS STANDING goal is to spur activism among those who are looking to create a future for all.
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ELDERS STANDING will:
- Raise awareness and affirm elders as respected guardians of the wellbeing of future generations as we share stories of Elders who are standing, speaking and acting for the welfare of all.
- Create a network of individuals and organizations that embrace our vision, so that we can mutually support and publicize each other’s major actions.
- Stand together in selected campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of those issues; and, encourage elders who currently are sitting on the sidelines to take a stand for their vision and legacy, both locally and nationally.
Some examples of our actions and those we admire:
- Elders Standing For Democracy Spring -- 85 elders and youngers were arrested to reclaim democracy, get money out of politics and restore voting rights.
- Elders Climate Action Day -- 135 elders gathered for a conference, followed by a day of lobbying and two “flash mobs” – raising awareness and eyebrows! See the Flash Mob we Elders did in the Union Station, Washington DC. Click the photo below to see Elders in action at the US Capital.
- The Elders of Standing Rock – who stopped the DAPL for a bit of time, and created a powerful movement based on their traditional values while nurturing the vision of their younger partners.
EASJ's 2017-2019 Strategic Plan We have a number of initiatives planned tying into our strategic plan- come work with us!
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