From Janice and Cecil…

We join with the GLIDE Leadership Team in a message of condolence and comfort to the Charleston, South Carolina communities, and the Emanuel AME Church family.

We’ve taken a moment to reflect upon our history and the depth of significance of the imbedded effects of racism on our society. We both have experienced slavery and racial injustice…from grandparents, parents, and in our own struggles for civil rights; against racial profiling, violence, and incarceration without justification. We have joined with communities for justice against the institutionalization of racism, classism, homophobia and sexism in the most influential American systems for the past five decades. We continue to be shaken, appalled, and shocked by the horrific toll on human life from too many acts of gun violence, hatred and terrorism.

We have learned much about the essential human capacity for love, for understanding, and for transformation. We know that when we can make possible the irresistible spirit of acceptance, that in seeing each other as human beings, change is possible.

GLIDE is a beloved community committed to being the home, the place, where all people belong, no matter what their circumstances, a place of enduring hope. We must remain steadfast in these times of despair and anger and disillusionment to continue to be the beacon for all people… to experience the power of Love, the power of Unconditional Acceptance, and our vision for radical inclusivity. We remain committed to our movement of non-violence.

We hold the community of Charleston in our prayers, action, and in our hearts. We grieve with the families and loved ones of those at AME Church who have been lost to this act of violence. We send our love and condolences to them. We continue to hold up our conviction – like so many candles of light – that Love will overcome hatred, and our strength, courage and determination to provide the avenues of hope for those who have been marginalized or sucked into the whirlpools of hatred and despair. We will prevail.

We love you, and thank you for your commitment, courage, and love,

Janice and Cecil

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#BryanStevenson and Rev. Cecil Williams came together last night at the @jccsf. These two people know very well the "power of proximity," having dedicated their lives to working for and with some of the most disenfranchised individuals and communities in our country. Despite the pain of violence and injustice, they stress the importance of staying #hopeful and loving. "It is the broken among us that know and appreciate the power of compassion."--Bryan Stevenson @eji_org @artsjccsf @supersoul @nyulaw @glidesflegacy @harvardlaw @randomhouse #justmercy #unconditionallove Maya Angelou and Isabel Allende join a Sunday Celebration at GLIDE in January 1996. Check out the 2nd installment of our #womenshistorymonth blog series (link in profile) to learn about some of the amazing #WomenOfGLIDE who keep this place runnin' and thrivin'! @glidesflegacy #mayaangelou @allendeisabel @oprahmagazine @sfchronicle @tenderloinmuseum GLIDE on the Move: A Sacramento Day of Action! Click the link in our profile to learn more about why GLIDE supports #SB54, "The California Values Act"! #nobannowall #sanctuary #nomassdeportations @feliciahorowitz @michaelfranti @msmichellearce @ninjagaiden78 @wholefoodssanfrancisco @zendesk @mglide @amygardner9 @glidesflegacy @bewhatspossible @tndcsf @codetenderloin @tenderloinmuseum @laurenbennettsmith The SF Board of Supervisors Rocks! GLIDE sends a special shout-out to the SF Board of Supervisors President, @londonbreed, and our District 6 Supervisor, @supejanekim, for their swift response to our call to help. When a water pressure problem threatened GLIDE's ability to serve the 2000 meals needed daily by our community, these stellar Supervisors got the problem fixed overnight! Much love and gratitude to the SF Board of Supervisors for being great partners in serving our communities! #localgov #publicservice

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