Action and supportive resources during global change
Last updated 3/26/20. Original post 3/26/20.
Amid great change, we want to extend our love to you - our supportive network - and to share updates and resources as we move forward.
We remain grounded in who we are: practicing allies to our young people, racial equity and healing justice advocates and practitioners, and organizers for policy and systems transformation. This is a time where we can answer a collective calling to become closer, exercise compassion, and plant seeds that can continue to grow.
Below are some of these seeds and continued work, along with ways you can stay connected, take action, and support.
Collaboration during distancing
We are adjusting to the rapid changes in our personal lives and in our work. The safety and well-being of our team is a top priority, and we are adapting to the implications this has on our capacity and work. All in-person gatherings have been cancelled until further notice, and we are exploring new possibilities by connecting and collaborating online.
We are proud to support the Michigan Covid-19 Community Response https://micovidcommunity.com/
Please review and share resources on domestic violence
We are working to stay connected with our young people and will be guided by their needs and priorities, anticipating needed support for mental health, family resilience, and organizing. We are currently exploring ways to support youth in virtual organizing and will have more to share on this soon!
Promoting the census and voting
We face increasing barriers to promoting census and voting engagement. While there are still many unknowns, we are creatively reorganizing to reach people virtually and ramp up for when mailing and in-person engagement is possible.
Pledge your commitment to take the Census! Whether you have taken the Census already or not, your pledge helps spread the word. This is EXTREMELY helpful as we work toward our committed counts for census engagement.
Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to support census and voter engagement. We will reach out soon about volunteer opportunities and sign ups. These will include outreach like text banking and phone banking. All volunteers will receive training and technical assistance.
Amplify organizing efforts
We are working with our partners to elevate stories and work and to make sure frontline organizers are supported. We are also combating misinformation and promoting narrative change. Frontline wisdom guides our creativity and responses to the moment, particularly from grassroots organizers and those who have already been coming together to survive: those with chronic illness, elders, people without access to healthcare or steady paychecks, those who are homeless, and incarcerated members of our community.
In support of diversifying narratives at this time, we want to hear about your victories, challenges, and questions. What is your story about community care during this outbreak? Please share your experiences. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Petitions - here are a few that we are supporting:
Template letter to send to local county sheriffs/jail wardens to preserve family contact
Contact state senator/rep to Forgive School Closure Days and Pay ALL School Staff
Phone zap to push for testing in Macomb Correctional Facility
Petition and letter to MI reps to make water available to ALL (many Detroiters still do not have water despite city promises)
Tell Congress to eliminate student debt to stimulate the economy
We are exploring together what healing and healing justice look like at this time - individually, as a team, and in community. With statewide TRHT partners, we are also thinking through ways we can engage healing practitioners and host supportive virtual processing and healing spaces.
Virtual gathering and learning
Virtual gathering and learning has been a key part of our efforts in statewide work and movement building, and we will continue to grow these engagements and leverage them for transformative change. We will continue to share Learning Community resources via our newsletter.
Engage in learning! Sign up for the Learning Community newsletter. Learning webinars are also available on our website: www.oneloveglobal.org/learningcommunity
We are incredibly grateful for your support as we reimagine and reorganize, and we hope you stay safe and healthy.
With love and solidarity,
The One Love Global team
“No movement can survive unless it is constantly growing and changing with the times. If it isn't growing, if it's stagnant, and without the support of the people, no movement for liberation can exist, no matter how correct its analysis of the situation is. That's why political work and organizing are so important."