July 2018 Newsletter
Hello all! It’s been another tough month, and I hope you’re balancing the need to both take action and take care of yourself. In that spirit, a theme present in much of this month’s newsletter is the “Both/And.” Pay close attention to the first item! I’m deeply hopeful it will be useful to many of you.

I’m thrilled to announce this new interactive website. It offers FREE exercises you can mix-and-match to suit the needs of your community. Used as a companion to the reading of Living in the Tension, and anchored in a mindset of “both/and,” the site provides agendas and handouts so groups can build community, analysis, emotional capacity, and skills to engage on topics of racial justice.

Countering Resistance Fatigue with a Both/And Approach

Check out this post by Beth Godbee for Heart – Head – Hands that perfectly captures the value of a both/and approach during this time in our nation. It is a call for simultaneous resistance and visioning.

This meditation from Richard Rohr via the Center for Action and Contemplation is perfect for those whose faith supports social justice. The full meditation includes: “We must work to dismantle systems of oppression while at the same time honoring our differences and celebrating our oneness!...Unity, in fact, is the reconciliation of differences, not the denial of them. Our differences must first be maintained—and then overcome by the power of love… Infinite Love preserves unique truths, protecting boundaries while simultaneously bridging them.”
In case you missed this the first time around, this essay deserves a second posting. It's all about how those of us in the racial justice community will better serve one another by adopting a both/and attitude as we interact with the various ways people contribute to justice efforts.
Did you know that Conservatives and Liberals tend to rely on different values and thought patterns? Susana Rinderle has constructed a useful matrix to highlight these differences. Recognizing these patterns can help us understand why some of our best efforts to connect, inform, and influence people who hold Conservative values ultimately fail. Using a “both/and” approach allows us to admit the value that exists within the Conservative frame and then expand on it, adding our own. For more context, you may want to review Susana’s blog post that introduces her concerns.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CATALYST: "On Monday July 9, we will be hosting a webinar on our Immigrant Justice Curriculum. It’s specifically designed for people who are organizing majority white and/or non-immigrant groups to support migrant justice. Please note that this webinar is intended for people who want to facilitate this curriculum with a group of people, not for people who are learning about migrant justice for the first time. A workshop on this curricula is a great resource for people who are new to migrant justice!"

I took a look at the curriculum, and it's completely available via their links. It's worth working through it yourself, even if you can't attend the webinar.
Education and Action. We always need both. Education: The media is filled with stories of the current trauma and confusion. We need to ensure that we get information from local sources. Access Neta to find out about on-the-ground action efforts at the border. Action: Support their efforts.

"You cannot tell my Black and Brown students that their history is not going to be tested and then assume that isn’t going to matter." It’s another both/and. Yes, teachers have a hard time covering 10,000 years in AP World History. And, yes, it is completely, incomprehensively problematic for the solution to be starting the course in the year 1450, effectively ensuring that World History focuses on Colonial History.

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