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Local to Global Justice 2021: Community Resilience and Action
February 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Community Resilience and Action
LTGJ seeks to bring together and unite community-driven activism across the Valley and the globe in addressing injustice.
Please join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Local to Global Justice in 2021!
Recognizing community health and safety, the format of the 20th annual Forum and Festival will be different this year. We are planning a virtual event on Saturday, February 27, from 10:30-12:30 p.m. We will then host a series of monthly webinar conversations with local, national, and international activists and educators on the intersections of different topics, including the overlapping concerns around such issues as: race, gender, Indigeneity, and class, in relation to education, food and agriculture, economics, environment, immigration, and health and well-being. In the spirit of festival, each webinar will feature live music, meditation or brief embodied experiences and the chance to come together as local to global community. All are welcome and we will post a registration link soon.
The past year has been a challenging one, as a global pandemic unfolded against a backdrop of the US coming to terms with its history of settler colonialism, racial inequity, environmental trauma, and structural inequality. We’ve also seen an increase in movements for change exceeding anything prior in the history of the United States. Movements for Black lives, indigenous, women’s, and LGBTQ rights, and about climate justice are growing at unprecedented rates and are remaking many aspects of society. These movements intersect and overlap and are developing into a cultural and social force with significant generational characteristics. These forces demonstrate enormous potential for social progress moving forward. New issues such as prison abolition, alternatives to policing, economic justice, free college, student loan forgiveness, mutual aid, universal basic income and universal healthcare have entered the mainstream. At the same time reactionary and white supremacist counter-forces resistant to change are active and visible, as in the recent attack on the US Congress.
This year, LTGJ seeks to bring together and unite community-driven activism across the Valley and the globe in addressing the local, national, and global implications of policies and actions that shape our lives. We understand systemic injustices as collective issues, that require organizing together, with and across our communities and networks, to challenge the neoliberal narrative that reduces our rich and vibrant lives to individual choices and identity politics.
Everywhere we turn, democracy, equity, equality, and basic human decency are under attack. Kindness is seen as weakness, and compassion is killed by capitalism. The most vulnerable are exploited and treated as expendable, as our social and political structures are being dismantled in service of reifying white supremacist values and policies. The pandemic and a continuing wave of police brutality and systemic violence has laid these issues bare, and we are approaching the 20th anniversary of LTGJ with the cautious hope that the next few years will allow our communities and families, if not the nation, to heal and come together in transformational ways.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our founding in September of 2001, we will be hosting a special Local to Global Justice celebration in September this year – stay tuned for details.