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NCOE Partners with Southern Movement Assembly

The Southern Movement Assembly is committed to creating a region-wide Southern infrastructure to advance and regenerate the Southern Freedom Movement in the 21st century.  It has three Southern initiatives:  A New Economy, A People’s Democracy, and Protect and Defend Our People.  We work from a blueprint created from what we have learned in our regional assemblies over the past five years:  a plan of action in a time of crisis.

Aljosie Harding and Suzanne Pharr represented the National Council of Elders at Southern Movement Assembly 7 in October in Whitakers,

For additional information, go to http://southtosouth.org/govern/

Southern Movement Assembly 7 : Convergence in a Time of Crisis

300 people participated throughout the weekend, over 70 organizations represented from all 13 Southern states, Puerto Rico, rural Oregon, and beyond. 

7 Frontline Assemblies shared analysis about the current landscape affecting workers, youth, rural realities, climate disaster, borders and migration, land, and democracy in our communities.

15 Movement Building Skill Sessions created organizing tools for this political moment. We discussed the accomplishments and ongoing work to implement the Southern Peoples Initiative and the Blueprint we created at SMA 6.

The SMA 7 Synthesis Team connected analysis, vision, and action steps and facilitated 10 Power Groups to be bold and build coordinated strategies throughout the next year.

We created a liberated Southern movement village on sacred land, and we worked to heal our ancestors and to vision a future that extends seven generations out. We broke bread and celebrated in the spirit of Harriet Tubman who said “My people are free.”

We closed the assembly with words of solidarity from the Lucha Movementfighting on similar frontlines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We committed to fight white supremacy, deportations, worker exploitation, social control, extractive industries, and all forms of oppression by building the world we deserve. We recommitted ourselves to building a just world with a transformed economy and a peoples democracy where we protect and defend one another.

We are working a plan of action in a time of crisis, and we are growing a multigenerational, multiracial, multi-gendered, cross-movement convergence of #SouthernPeoplesPower 

Organize a Public Reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech in your Community

Organize a Public Reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech in your Community

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.

PARTNER REPORT: Project South Feb 2017

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We do not consent. We resist. We protect. We defend. We build. 

Greetings –
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. 


ORGANIZING

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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BAM Leadership & Organizing Training

Saturday & Sunday, February 18-19
10am-4pm each day @ Project South offices, 9 Gammon Ave
New & seasoned organizers will come together with community members to learn facilitation, organizing skills, and get involved!
REGISTER NOW!
Project South will facilitate 2-day BAMs May 20-21 / July 6-7 / November 11-12
Email join@projectsouth.org to request specific BAMs or trainings with your organization. 

Youth Community Action Program

Weekly meetings & #10Mil4Real Campaign Planning
4pm-6pm Tuesdays & Thursdays @ Project South offices, 9 Gammon Ave
If you’re between the ages of 13-24, contact Community Organizers Jaequan or Nautica to organize for youth power.
Email join@projectsouth.org or Call 404.622.0602

EDUCATION                                                                                                                                   

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.

 


ACTIONS

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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?  
Click HERE to see more.

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.org, or Hello Racism at helloracism@gmail.com.


MEMBERSHIP

Join Project South as a member in 2017.

If you believe in people’s movements to resist and build in this critical moment, please join our efforts to organize, educate, and create infrastructure for new economic systems, grassroots democracy, legal support, and spaces to protect & defend our communities. CLICK HERE TO JOIN

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Time to Break the Silence

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE FROM ELDER DORSEY BLAKE

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

TRAINING: Campaign Nonviolence

February 4, 2017
Nonviolent people power is on the rise and it has rarely been more important than now!  Despite the daily avalanche of disheartening news, hope remains.
We’re seeing it in the people on the streets during the women’s marches,  in everyday citizens vigiling at the airports for immigrants and refugees, in courageous actions by Greenpeace to resist injustice, in sanctuary cities and in our national park employees standing up to keep the message of climate change and the importance of public lands in the news.
Finally, we’ve scheduled our first Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Call of 2017.  We’ll be discussing meeting the challenges of these times.  RSVP HERE to join us on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern.

Pace e Bene / Peace and all good,

Ryan Hall
For the Pace e Bene Community//Campaign Nonviolence

This month we are beginning a new book of the month webinar series with author Q & A’s focused on building a culture of active nonviolence!
Our first one will feature Ken Butigan answering your questions about his book Nonviolent Lives: People and Movements Changing the World Through the Power of Active Nonviolence.  This free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2017.  You are invited to register here where you can also receive a 10% discount on the purchase of the book after registering.

Campaign Nonviolence’s Rivera Sun is holding several webinars on nonviolence and you can now watch two of the most recent ones and sign up for the next one!
The next one is scheduled for February 11, 2017 and the topic is Nonviolent Fiction and Nonfiction: The Dandelion Insurrection. Learn more and sign up here!
The last two webinars Rivera held covered 1) the basic skills you need for making change with nonviolent action, watch it here, and 2) Nonviolent responses to hate, xenophobia and discrimination, watch it here!

By Kathy Kelly // Posted with permission from PeaceVoice
All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction–with even more executive orders promised.
In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed “America First.” The U.S. does rank first in weapon sales, in mass incarceration and in producing waste material. Pope Francis urged President Trump to be first in protecting the poorest in society. But instead, President Trump has surrounded himself with generals and billionaires in cabinet level positions….Continue reading here.

Numerous towns and cities are working towards becoming a nonviolent city using the framework of our project Nonviolent Cities including Norman, OK; Cincinnati, OH; Morro Bay, CA; Missoula, MT; Fresno, CA; St. Paul, MN; Manchester, VT; Clarksville, IN; Owensboro, KY; Wilmington, DE; and Sacramento, CA.
Together we are working on a local level finding ways to bring nonviolent methods into our communities’ daily acitivities.
Read John Dear’s article here about this project that’s been published in the Huffington Post, Common Dreams and Yes Magazine!  If you’re interested in helping turn your community into a nonviolent city, learn more here.

White Privilege Makes Some Uncomfortable

By James A. Haught // Posted with permission from PeaceVoice
Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist.
He taunted me:  “You’re a racist, you know.”
“No, no, no,” I protested — but he continued:
“Just look at yourself.  You were born white, male and smart.  You could go out into the world and take whatever you could get — and you never stopped to think that I couldn’t do it.”
I was speechless.  Finally, I answered:  “Damn!  You nailed me precisely.” …Continue reading here!

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