Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversation

Thursday, June 18
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

June topic: The Curious Listening Initiative, Session 3

Curious Listening proven to lower aggression and reduce hate crimes! Actually, we can’t site specific research on that, but If you missed our May 21 conversation about Curious Listening how-to and benefits, you can see the recording here.

To learn a little more about the cultural and systemic value of building listening skills in order to build trust,  you may also want to read or listen to a recent podcast from Freakonomics Radio called “68 Ways to be Better at Life” including a segment on how to really listen. It’s entertaining and interesting.

On June 18, The Curious Listening Initiative, Session 3 listens to Navajo and Zuni elder Belinda Eriacho and David Garcia, elder of the Tohono O’odham tribe. Both will discuss what it means to be Elders in their cultures and what issues they’re working on currently.  As a part of our conversation we’ll ask what we, as individuals or as a group, can do to join them in helping with their social justice concerns.  Also during the Action section of our meeting Lynne Iser tells us how we can help with the Elders Stand for Fair Elections campaign.

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Instructions and access to Zoom conferencing

More information about EASJ’s Community Conversations

We meet every month on the third Thursday of the month. 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 over 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.

Here are three links to suggestions we’ve created for taking action against separating families and incarcerating immigrants. Make your own amendments for inviting more immigrants than current limits and for rapid and honest processing of people seeking asylum:

  1. Actions for Maximum Effectiveness regarding Separation of Children at the Border
  2. Groups Acting to Stop US Policies that Separate Immigrating Children from Their Families
  3. Groups Acting to Aid US Immigrants in the US
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