In the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks, peace and justice groups in Oakland, California have organized a number of successful public readings of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech in front of our Federal Building. We have involved local elected officials, community activists and students in the readings, which have often been preceded by press conferences linking the reading to issues of current concern. The readers are instructed not to change Dr. King’s words or add any of their own. Thus, local elected officials are compelled to hear Dr. King’s original words coming out of their own mouths.
We do not consent. We resist. We protect. We defend. We build.
In this moment of confusion, crisis, and chaos within the power structures, Project South is proud to stand strong with movements that are growing to resist the attacks and build new systems. We are proud to stand with 6,000 people who came out to the Atlanta Airport on Sunday, January 29th to condemn the Muslim & refugee ban and to demand freedom for all people.
Please join us in 2017 to build in Atlanta, Georgia, across the U.S. South, and with partners all over the country and global liberation movements.
People’s Inauguration calls on Atlanta to become a Sanctuary City
January 20 (J20) Coalition organized the a strong action and continues to meet led by partners Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Racial Justice Action Center, Georgia WAND, SONG, Project South, and others to demand protection for refugees, immigrants, Black youth, LGBTQ folks, and all our folks. Check out the PRESS. See & sign on to the DEMANDS. #J20ATL
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Dismantling the Private Prison Industry
Thursday, February 2
6-8pm at the Rush Center 1530 Dekalb Ave
Attorneys, journalists, and organizers will discuss the organizing efforts to shut down private prisons and immigrant detention centers in Georgia.
For more on event: Visit FB / To read Legal & Advocacy Director Azadeh Shahshahani’s recent Al Jazeera article about the private prisons: Click here
Know Your Rights Training for Muslim & Refugee Community
Tuesday, February 6
Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director will facilitate the training at the Symposium to Address Global Migration at Emory University, convened by the Leadership and Multifaith Program, a collaboration between Candler School of Theology and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Radical Pan-African Pedagogy: Walter Rodney Public Speakers Series
Thursday, February 16
5pm-7pm at the Atlanta University Center / Robert Woodruff Library
As part of the Walter Rodney Public Speakers Series Ayinde Summers, PS Education Director & La’Die Mansfield, PS Regional Organizer will speak with Mike Williams, Tiffany Smith, Damani Aaquil, Dr. Joyce King, and Valora Richardson on Black Radical Traditions in education in the South. The event is hosted by the Walter Rodney Foundation, Quilomboarte, Global South Consortium, and Dr. Jesse Benjamin. Free & open to the public.
Social Emergency Response Centers
Saturday, February 4
At the Design Studio for Social Intervention in Boston
Emery Wright & Stephanie Guilloud, Co-Directors will facilitate a session on Peoples Movement Assemblies
Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs) are temporary, emergent, and creative pop-up spaces co-led by activists and artists around the US. They will function as both an artistic gesture and a practical solution. As such we will need to figure out the balance, like how will we feed people–and their hunger for justice? How will we create a shelter–where it’s safe to bring your whole self? What will reconstruction–of civil society–look like?
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Join the Southern Movement Assembly & implement the Blueprint
Hundreds of communities & organizations around the U.S. South developed a Southern Movement Blueprint as a Plan of Action in a Time of Crisis. Now is the time to build the infrastructure we need while we contend with and dismantle the oppressive systems that harm our communities. Download the BLUEPRINT and sign on to let us know what you are doing to build new economic solutions, practice grassroots democracy, and protect and defend your communities.
Rapid Response Delegation to Albany, Georgia after tornadoes
On January 30-31, a delegation of Project South & Hello Racism organizers brought donations & supplies from Project South members, community members, ZimATL soccer team, and Atlanta Medical Center South Campus to support families affected by over 40 tornadoes that destroyed many homes, killed 15 people, and injured many others in Southwest Georgia. For more info on how to assist: please contact La’Die Mansfield, ladie@projectsouth.
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‘Dr. Howard Thurman wrote: “The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men[people] often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making.”
In times such as the present when dominant, cruel, vile systems of oppression seem almost invincible, I remember the words of Isaiah 43:19: “Behold, I’m about to do a new thing . . . Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” The reference is to God’s delivering the covenanted people from oppression to greater wholeness through an untraditional source and in a new way.
This theme of newness is picked up by Walter Brueggemann who says about Jesus: “His ministry evoked a passion and an energy that had disappeared in the old helplessness. Both his adherents and his enemies sensed the same thing: “An unmanaged newness was coming, and it created a future quite different from the one that royal domination intended to permit . . . . In true prophetic form, Jesus’ ministry on earth paved the way for the coming newness by preparing people for that newness. Before opening the way for new life, he first had to equip his people with the imagination to believe in that possibility. He had to create room for wonder and amazement.”
This speaks to us for a number of reasons. One, it points out that we need to do something in order to usher in the new possibility. It is not inevitable. Second, it says that imagination, wonder and amazement are necessary for this newness. We have to lift our eyes, hearts, and mind beyond the ordinary, commonplace, mundane. We need to make room for newness, the unborn, open ourselves to potential carrying seeds of harvest into a borderless future.
The visionary leaders who founded The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples embraced this mystery of life. Dr. Howard Thurman wrote: “The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men[people] often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication,
they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.” The deed was establishing Fellowship Church as the nation’s first intentionally interracial, interfaith congregation in 1944. This new thing in church history was a statement against the segregation of churches and a statement for the binding unity of humanity beyond socially imposed barriers. It was a call to search for the common ground of existence in daily living. The founders had no blueprint regarding how to proceed. They trusted life and the newness that was beckoning to them to form a community, a religious fellowship that cut across all lines that divided people.
Can you not see on the horizon what Mrs. Sue Bailey Thurman envisioned, a new day outstripping the great days of the past, a movement even beyond the confines of this nation, a movement subverting dominant power for power that works for all.
— Dr. Dorsey O. Blake, Presiding Minister, The Church for the Fellowship of All Peopl
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The National Council of Elders commends the Southern Movement Assembly for its work to advance human rights movements in the Southern United States, and for its determination to establish and sustain formations in which people of all cultural, economic and racial backgrounds may work together to build a more just society.
Organizers in the Southern Movement Assembly are inspired by the essential principle of community self-determination as they seek to build institutions to serve the people’s needs where government and other conventional civic agencies have failed to protect and provide. In this movement, the SMA is mobilizing people to build parallel institutions to ensure their survival.
The work of the SMA has been undertaken in areas of the South where thousands of citizens remain intransigent in their conservative, racist convictions and practices. We commend Southern activists for their courage to organize progressive campaigns for change amid this atmosphere of long- established white supremacy and social inequities.
Issues of inequity in housing affordability and ownership, police violence and murder, unemployment, incarceration, limited access to food, water and other essential resources are fronts of struggle in the Southern Movement Assembly. We in the NCOE understand that the historical geographical divisions in our movement no longer pertain, as Southern, Northern and communities in all sectors of the U.S. are fighting the same battles against austerity policies that have robbed the people of the standard of living and resources that are their rights as citizens. Therefore, the National Council of Elders sends greetings of solidarity and encouragement to the Southern Movement Assembly as we organize to end the social and political hardships endured by people throughout the United States.
In solidarity, we stand beside you offering our support and skills. As movement elders of the 20th century, we are committed to accompanying leaders of the 21st century in our mutual pursuit of justice. We are eager to share our knowledge and to learn yours with the goal of building relationships and finding among ourselves a path to liberation.
Help Shape the Allied Media Conference!
Are you using media to create a more just, creative and collaborative world? We want you to help us shape the 19th annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit!
Held every summer in Detroit, the conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists.
You are invited to submit a proposal for an AMC2017 track, practice space or network gathering, which are the thematic focus areas of each year’s conference. Proposals are due at 11:59 EST.
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