Eye on the Ball: Places to be on Inauguration Day

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Welcome to Eye on the Ball! A new series of posts and reflections from me, GLIDE’s Advocacy Manager. I’ll be doing my best to keep you informed about GLIDE’s advocacy efforts as well as matters of concern to our community more generally. I’ll also offer practical suggestions about ways you can join us, get involved in the change we want to see in our community and in the world. Check here every other week for a new post.

This week’s inaugural post is aptly devoted to everything Inaugural—things happening on the day (tomorrow, January 20) and the day after. Right here, in our neighborhood, we’ll celebrate A Tenderloin Inauguration, and form a contingent to the San Francisco Women’s March. And that’s just the beginning. From DC to the TL, people are coming together to celebrate in resistance, under the banner of love and inclusion. We want you with us at any or all of our events! But there is much going on across the Bay Area. I hope you’ll find the following list useful. Let it bode well for a year of collective action to assure the rights and well-being of all people.

In peaceful resistance,

Ben

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Hold the Judgment: GLIDE teams up with community partners to deliver food and choice to those in need

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The great Grocery Bag Giveaway is a huge event in more ways than one. It is one of the most anticipated events of GLIDE’s holiday programming: hosted each year by GLIDE Co-Founders Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani and attended by thousands of community members, many of whom line up before dawn on streets closed to car traffic for several blocks around in expectation of receiving a free grocery bag containing all the fixings for a Holiday banquet for four. It is also a mighty logistical challenge, involving months of planning and fundraising and, on the day of the event, the pre-dawn mobilizing of most of GLIDE’s staff along with literally hundreds of community volunteers (including a ready-to-roll posse from key supporter GAP, Inc.). Finally, given the spirit of celebration that is always a key ingredient of the proceedings, the day carries an outsized impact on the holiday season for many participants (including volunteers) who might otherwise find these days hard emotionally and/or materially. Thanks to an amazing citywide team effort, GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway is huge in scale, and huge in heart.

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Check-in with Rita: What I’m Thankful For

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At GLIDE, we are thankful for the community we create and nurture here. We are especially grateful for our GLIDE community as our nation’s political and social landscape is rapidly changing after the recent election. This week we sat down with our Executive Director Rita Shimmin to discuss renewed commitment to our community as we enter the bustling holiday season. This post marks the first in our “Check-in” series with Rita, who delivers perspective and a sense of grounding during times of transition.

What is the meaning of community at GLIDE?

We invite everyone to join us in community at GLIDE. We want to make room for everyone to feel safe and that they belong. All voices and differences are welcomed and needed. We are mobilizing our community to care for each other, without exception.

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Props to Love!

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A report back on key state and local propositions in November 2016

The last week-and-a-half has left us wondering about our nation’s future. Many of us are feeling loss, anger and fear. Protests and demonstrations are giving voice to genuine grief and outrage. And these feelings emanate from something even deeper: our love.

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Meet Melina: Empowerment through Education

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If you are looking for Melina, chances are you will find her encouraging and supporting others who are in need. But it was not that long ago that Melina herself needed a helping hand. She found herself in San Francisco with no money and no one to turn to. After spending over a month on the street, enduring sleepless night after sleepless night and walking the City streets to keep safe, Melina was picked up by the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team, who took her to a women’s center.

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Why I’m voting YES on 62 and NO on 66

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Editors’ Note: This week’s post, the final installment in our pre-election #PropDropFriday series, addresses the morally bereft system of capital punishment. Californians have before them two propositions concerning the death penalty, only one of which calls for its outright abolition, a choice that GLIDE endorses. As anti-death-row activist Glen Wu argues persuasively below, capital punishment is administered in ways that are inherently racist, classist and unfair. Moreover, state-sanctioned murder is fundamentally at odds with the core of GLIDE’s mission and values, which emphasize empowerment, recovery and personal transformation. At GLIDE, we believe in a more just, loving and inclusive community; sentencing people to death strips away any potential for redemption or reconciliation from all people involved—the convicted, the victims and the arbiters of the justice system. On November 8, Please join Gwen Wu and GLIDE in voting YES on Prop 62 and NO on Prop 66.

Prop 62 will finally end California’s flawed death penalty system by converting all death sentences to life sentences without the possibility of parole. Prop 66 purports to fix the system by speeding up executions but is nothing more than twenty-four carat fool’s gold.

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Why I Am Voting YES on PROP V

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Editors’ note: As a social justice organization, GLIDE supports Proposition V, which would add a one-cent-per-ounce tax on beverages with added sugar to help reduce the health problems, such as diabetes, brought on by consuming too much sugar. We view this proposition as a social justice issue, as soda companies have historically targeted low-income communities, particularly communities of color, to advertise their products even though these companies are aware of the health risks brought on by excess consumption of sugar. Indeed, African American and Latino communities have a higher rate of unhealthy weight gain and obesity than white communities, and together account for nearly twice as many Americans with Type 2 diabetes. In their massive campaign against Prop V, soda companies call Prop V a “grocery tax,” a misleading term insinuating that prices will be increased on all groceries when in fact only beverages with added sugar will be taxed by the local government.

The following perspective on Prop V comes from Jan Schilling, founder of Weigh of Life—a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for East Bay families to enjoy improving their health through exercise classes, nutrition education and social support—and a proud member of GLIDE’s congregation.

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Our GLIDE crew showing up for the #SFwomensmarch! @womensmarchbayarea From GLIDE's participation in the SF Women's March! @womensmarchbayarea Tens of thousands assembling now at Civic Center preparing to march in solidarity for justice and equality #womensmarchsf #radicalinclusion #unconditionallove GLIDE remains proud of its more than 50-year history of activism in the name of radical inclusion, acceptance and #unconditionallove. Advocacy for the underserved, marginalized & persecuted remains core to our work and the values that guide us. This is why we march. Read our recent blog from #Eyeontheball to learn more about this weekend's events. https://glidesf.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/eye-on-the-ball-places-to-be-on-inauguration-day/

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