As Elders, we feel a moral responsibility to address the many challenges facing our communities and to discover ways in which to offer our resources, wisdom, and generativity in service of the preservation and protection of life for future generations. The purpose of the Elder Activists for Social Justice (EASJ) Team is to educate and engage a movement of Elders with social justice issues so that together we can create a more just and thriving world for all.
Our mission is to educate ourselves, share our growing understanding of these issues, and encourage collaborative, active engagement to address these issues as we build the EASJ Team.
Some of the questions that we ask:
- How can we deepen and expand our understanding of issues of social justice and become allies to people who have been marginalized by our society?
- How do these underlying social justice issues — oppression, inequality, racism, white privilege – affect all of us?
- How do we explore the intersection of social, economic and environmental justice, which are each rooted in separation – the disconnection of individuals from each other, from our nurturing planet Earth, and from a source of spiritual guidance?
Our actions are divided between the study of social justice issues and coordinating effective responses to these issues within EAN, our local communities, and in our nation.
Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability
February 5 – April 15
9:00 – 11:00 am PT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
The Earth is our common home, and creating a sustainable world for our children and for future generations is our common task. ~Fritjof Capra
This winter, Elder Activists for Social Justice is offering a new course, Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability—a six-session online study/action course that will explore the interconnected relationship between social justice, peace, the environment and systemic violence in our world.
Typically we attempt to solve problems through analysis—taking apart the pieces of something in an attempt to understand the whole. “Systems thinking” requires that we pay attention to relationships, patterns and dynamics, as well as individual parts. In order to make positive change it is vital that we see the relationships between people and the systems that contribute to or prevent peace, justice and environmental sustainability.
Our intention is that our studies together will help us all to become more engaged and effective in our actions towards a healthy future for all.
We will meet online via Zoom for two hours, every two weeks, beginning Wednesday, February 5th through April 15th (9:00 am PT/12:00 noon ET). Our in-depth conversations on each month’s readings will also support follow-up actions.Learn more & Sign up
Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversation
Third Thursday of each month
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET
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. ALL ARE WELCOME.
It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake, because my great, great grandchildren…ask me in dreams, “What did you do while the planet was plundered?”
~ Drew Dellinger