Elder Activists for Social Justice
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 conferencing. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, May 16
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY
We are at a moment of urgency. Even if we don’t verbally acknowledge this urgency, this anxiety, many of us feel this in our souls.
What is happening in our world? Where is the integrity of our leadership?
Are we becoming immune to shootings in public spaces? Hate crimes and Intolerance?
And, what are we doing about climate change?
For many of us there are many moments when we just want to ignore all this angst; get on with spring, summer, enjoy life – but, we just can’t do that. Well then, what are we going to do? We claim to be elders. We claim to speak for the welfare of our children, and future generations. How shall we do that?
After several years of conversations focused on the social justice issues that are prominent in our country this is our time to enter into the conversation of how are we going to move forward. This will be the focus of our May online conversation.
Please read some of the following to prepare:
Extinction Rebellion US - Climate breakdown and ecological collapse are a direct existential threat to us all. You, your family, and everything you love are at risk. Without immediate and decisive action, we face extinction.
"The Extinction Rebellion is a necessity. Our political establishment has failed to protect its people from pollution, prevent further mass extinction of species on earth and prevent the possibility of human extinction in the near future. Therefore we must rebel to protect the livelihood of citizens and our natural world, or risk losing everything we cherish."
The Greta Thunberg Effect - "We had everything we could ever wish for and yet now we may have nothing. Now we probably don’t even have a future any more. Because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money. It was stolen from us every time you said that the sky was the limit, and that you only live once." —Greta Thunberg speaking to UK Members of Parliament
Valve Turners - Trailer to the film THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. A film about five climate activists going on the offensive against Big Oil.
Find other articles or videos. Bring your ideas, curiosity, passion. What is true for you?
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)
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