Tomorrow, we have a conversation that has been almost 10 months in the making.
Late last year, Madeline joined our Advocacy Committee. She spoke about stitching together stories and creating space. That conversation led to many about the placemaking that is happening here at the YW. Conversations that helped us to expand our ideas about social and racial justice to include the economy and people who are system involved, environmental work around water and imagining a more just and peaceful world community. We spoke and thought about food, jobs, art, immigrants, leadership, and how we can imagine working outside of the multiple silos that exist; silos that that do not reflect the complex lives that we, or the communities that we work in solidarity with, lead on a daily basis.
Tim took up the banner of wanting to have dialogue between folx that are working in Social Justice and those that work in Environmental Justice. What would it look, sound and feel like to have them speaking together, in public. What sparks might occur? What collaborations might emerge? This is a continuation of the work that the Southern Arizona Green For All Coalition began years ago. We hope that it is one of many such conversations to continue into the future.
At a recent retreat, our Board and Staff wondered what might be said about our work in 100 years. A long time board member, said something that made everyone take a moment and rethink everything. (I paraphrase) They cared and worked to make change to protect the environment and the planet. We realized that without a fierce eye on the challenge at hand, namely, to confront and transform the economic and political systems that violate our most basic human rights and threaten the survival of our planet–our vision of a thriving community is incomplete. So, we are working and thinking differently. It is clear that these connections are not new but it is critical that we all begin to think a lot bigger and much more expansively in order to address the many issues that our communities face. Together, we have a lot of work to do, and the YW Southern Arizona has a vision of how we are going to chart a course for a second century of change.
We hope to see you tomorrow and as always we hope to hear your thoughts.
What: Environmental Justice & Social Justice: Making the Connection Supporting One Another – Enhancing Our Effectiveness (A Program of the YWCA Advocacy Committee)
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: YWCA of Southern Arizona 525 N. Bonita Avenue Tucson, AZ
Who: Social Justice Organizations: Blue Corn Project/UA, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministries, Tierra Y Libertad Organization/Changemaker HS, Community Food Bank
Environmental Organizations: Center for Biological Diversity National Parks Conservation Asso. Saguaro National Park Sierra Club Sky Island Alliance
How Much: Free/Open to the Public
For Additional Information: Tim Wernette (520) 615-3405; firstname.lastname@example.org