Elder Activists for Social Justice (EASJ)

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.

Join the EASJ mailing list

To receive email reminders for Elder Activists for Social Justice (EASJ) meetings, monthly community conversations and workshops, please sign up here.

EASJ’s Curious Listening Initiative and Community Conversation expand in January and February to join others within Elders Action Network. Since our focus is currently on looking inward to understand our personal assumptions and views on race, racism and anti-racism, you are invited to join the Book Study Group in reading Caste, the Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. The resulting conversations have been thoughtful and lively, and there are room and time for more people to join.

EASJ is also offering a workshop called Me and White Supremacy, an intensive 28-day challenge that leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so they can stop inflicting damage (often unconsciously) on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. This session is full, but others will be offered later this year.

In December’s Curious Listening Initiative, EAN board member Libby Traubman spoke on The Origins of Our Fears. She reminded us that people can bridge the divides that separate us by getting to know each other and by finding our common interests. You can view it here. There was no Community Conversation in December.

Me and White Supremacy Workshop

January 13 – February 17, 2021
(Every Wednesday)
9:00 – 11:00 am PT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Take a deep dive with a group of curious, compassionate and committed members of EAN as we get in touch with our role and responsibility to “combat racism, change the world and become a good ancestor” as Layla F. Saad offers through her book, Me and White Supremacy.

We will work through Saad’s book, in which she sets up an intensive 28-day challenge by posing questions to be addressed through journaling and community dialogue.

Join the EASJ mailing list

To receive email reminders for Elder Activists for Social Justice (EASJ) meetings, monthly community conversations and workshops, please sign up here.

Elder Activists for Social Justice Curious Listening Initiative

Third Thursday of each month
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversation

Fourth 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

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