Welcome to Elder Activists for Social Justice
3rd Thursday of each month 9 - 10:30 am PDT / 12 - 1:30 pm EDT
We participate together over ZOOM in a lightly facilitated, educational and interactive conversation. We have time to deep dive into our topics using an Elder and Social Justice lens- always provocative, meaningful and community-oriented.
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 may 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
Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, December 20th
9 - 10:30 am PST 12 - 1:30 pm EST
Immigration – The Caravan – Militarizing Our Border
In our December conversation, we will continue our exploration of Immigration, the “Caravan” and “Militarizing Our Border” that we began last month.
In November, we learned that there are systemic reasons why immigrants regularly form caravans to travel from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Caravans serve to protect people who would be preyed upon if they traveled alone. Also, these people, most of whom are women and children, are leaving their communities because they are not able to feed their families and they fear for their lives. Some of this is the direct result of U.S. foreign policy.
There are no easy solutions and this is clearly a politicized issue.
- What are the moral and ethical questions?
- What do we need to know?
- What can we do -- individually or together?
Let us draw on the experience and wisdom of our group, to better understand and respond to these challenges; and to discern what actions we can take.
We will also spend time discussing how to provide moral support for each other as we grapple with the issues and challenges of our times and how to best share the activism that we are each engaged in.
Here are some suggested resources for preparation.
U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants– a one page doc
The New Sanctuary Caravan– another view, “we regard this as an act of nonviolent resistance against morally abhorrent laws….”. View short video; Read “Welcome” and “What We Believe” – about 2 pages.
Witness TornilloFacebook page – Joshua Rubin is standing outside of this detention camp, housing mostly adolescents, as a permanent witness of reflection and action at the Tornillo detention camp in the desert at the outskirts of El Paso. Reading through this account will provide eyewitness view of how our government is handling these children,
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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Learn more about what we have been discussing: See our Examining the Roots of Injustice webinar- Watch it HERE
And see our Elders in Right Relationship with Today's World two session webinars- Watch them HERE