Rosa Parks, Unbracketed

“At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” —Rosa Parks

In retrospect, I realize that Rosa Parks was usually allocated a singular page in my elementary school textbooks, perhaps just mentioned in one of the pastel-shaded boxes that checkered the margins. In this fashion, Parks, like many other history-making people of color, was bracketed within the primary narrative of our national history.

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Remember, and never be silent: On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

As we have seen in recent weeks, presidential executive orders can come swiftly, barreling down on a population with the stroke of a pen. They can have enormous influence, enormous consequences. And, again as we have seen, they can also be resisted by the populace and overruled by the judiciary when they outrage our sense of decency and conflict with the letter of the law.

But we can never take such an outcome for granted—especially when an executive order seems to fly in the face of this society’s most basic and revered values, while severely and cruelly impacting the lives of innocent people.

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Learning, healing, and fighting: The GLIDE Racial Justice Group

 

Attending a GLIDE Racial Justice Group (GRJG) meeting is a dizzying and eye-opening experience. The group is comprised of men and women from all different races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Everyone’s life experiences may be different, but the glue of the organization is the commitment to fight racism and white supremacy.

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Freed to Free

Freed for New Beginnings

“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

—Harriet Tubman

“And before I’d be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave; and go home to my Lord and be free.”

—lyrics to “Oh, Freedom”

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Housing the Homeless Is Just the Beginning

When people talk about “fixing the homeless crisis,” they can sometimes see it in a very simplified way, thinking if we just get “them” off the streets and find them housing, the homeless crisis would be resolved. In reality, finding housing is just the beginning. Many people who have endured months or years on the streets have to adjust to being housed. And there can be many barriers that get in the way. As a result, formerly homeless people will often struggle to keep their long-term housing. As a case manager at GLIDE, I see these struggles on a daily basis.

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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

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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Backstage shot of Vernon Bush leading the #GLIDEensemble on Easter Sunday! We couldn't resist. #conductors #SFmusicians GLIDE Foundation Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani getting into the Easter spirit last Sunday! #glideholidays Thank you to all who joined GLIDE on #EasterSunday this year! Rev. Cecil Williams is pictured here, delivering a message of hope and joy. What brings you a sense of hope today? Ariana discussing serious Easter egg-hunting strategies with a friend. Thank you to all the kids who came to GLIDE's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday! #Easter2017 #GLIDEkids #GLIDEholidays

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