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Welcome to Elder Activists for Social Justice
Community Conversation

3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST

We participate together over Zoom video conferencing 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, three years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native peoples' history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an Elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous month's 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 video conferencing. Click for instructions and access to Zoom conferencingALL ARE WELCOME.


Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, January 17 
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST

 

Transformation to Action: What challenges and limitations are we facing?

In January, we will look in more depth into why humans are willing to perpetrate harm to others. What causes a way of thinking, being and doing that is harmful to life, specifically our neighbors, our home and ourselves? Where has this come from psychologically, biologically, sociologically and spiritually? We will discuss this through a social justice lens, with our Elder eyes, with a perspective towards understanding how humans might transform to caring and just actions for all life, rather than being stuck in harmful attitudes and limitations.

We wonder: Are we born with implicit bias? Is it biological, or environmental or sociological, or what? How about the culture we grow up in? If we want to transform hearts and minds to help create a caring and just world, what are we up against to enable a person's transformation from perpetrating harms to the opposite: compassion, empathy, loving? How do our own values and beliefs and morals influence this endeavor?

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:

Biology:

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.

Quick read:

https://www.brucelipton.com/blog/youth-ing-ourselves

https://www.brucelipton.com/blog/what-world-do-we-live

Psychology and systemic effects:

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Dr. Maté, calls for a compassionate approach toward addiction, whether in ourselves or in others. Dr. Maté believes that the source of addictions is not to be found in genes but in the early childhood environment.

Fairly quick read:

https://www.thefix.com/dr-gabor-mate-donald-trump-traumaphobia-and-compassion-interview  

Dr. Gabor Maté, was a keynote speaker at Bioneers, 2011. Our physical health is intimately tied to environmental health, as well as to our emotional and spiritual ecology. Visionary physician Dr. Gabor Maté explores the deepest psychological, emotional and social forces leading to our society's poor health and unhappiness. He says we have the capacity to heal both ourselves and the planet by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing, social beings.

Watch Molly's interview with Dr. Maté in first half of this 28 minute video, the rest is his plenary talk for Bioneers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1514&v=PGxZ4cCv7RE

Brain, neurolinguistics and society:

George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (cnms.berkeley.edu).

Quick read:

https://georgelakoff.com/2018/01/13/a-modest-proposal-protectthetruth/

Linguist George Lakoff divides conservative and progressive views on government by analogies to two types of families: the strict father model, in which there is no moral authority above the father, and the nurturing parent model, which is based on empathy, protection, and empowerment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RytyWu3zUq8

For more in depth:

Linguist George Lakoff on Rationality and Politics. How the brain works, neuro linguistics (21 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqFxHTh98Ww

Sociology:

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second ShiftThe Time BindThe Managed HeartThe Outsourced Self, and Strangers in Their Own Land (The New Press). Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.

Quick read:

To fix American democracy, the left should commit to these four steps: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/17/american-democracy-four-pillars-activism-arlie-hochschild

Arlie Hochschild

Fascinating book on sociology of voting for Trump:

https://thenewpress.com/books/strangers-their-own-land


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)