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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Standing Rock Sioux to attend GLIDE Celebration, 10/30

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Since April of this year there has been a protest against the $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL, a company based in Texas), a major construction project near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The project is a 1,168-mile-long crude-oil pipeline that will transport 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois, along a route just half a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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