We are excited to welcome 120 representatives from GGJ member organizations from across the country to Atlanta this week. We are convening to build with and learn from each other, strategize together, and make key decisions about the direction of our alliance in the coming period.
Over the past six months, we have been engaged in deep consultation with our members to guide our assembly planning process. Your collective wisdom helped us to to develop this proposal for the period ahead. Make sure to check it out and share it with the rest of your organization!
In May, Grassroots Global Justice, the Miami Workers Center, the Florida Statewide Alignment Group (SWAG), and Grassroots Policy Project came together in Miami for the Florida Regional Feminist Organizing School. We had about 40 participants from 20 different organizations from Central and Southern Florida come together to celebrate and strengthen our commitment to grassroots feminisms. We built a community of support in which we challenged and learned from one another.
During this regional FOS, we discussed:
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which occurred in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. On that day, 1,127 textile industry workers died and more than 2,500 people were wounded. The majority of the victims were women, many of whom ended up unable to work again. It is, to this day, the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry worldwide.
Today marks the 109th year anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD)! Around the world people are celebrating how far we have come, but also reflecting on all that is left to do in the fight for gender justice. As the current dialogue about women’s rights continues to grow, as shown by the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, we want to be sure to push the conversation further. Today, and always, we honor the long and global history of feminist resistance and we emphasize the importance of reclaiming feminism for the grassroots.
From the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to the Women’s March, resistance in the name of women’s rights has been gaining momentum in the US. We at GGJ, are organizing a social media mini-campaign to push the conversation further, and we are asking you to join us! Our goal is to shed light on grassroots feminism and the reality that our organizing struggles, from housing to climate to anti-militarization, are deeply connected to the fight against patriarchy.
APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 15th
From climate disaster to mass displacement, our communities are at the frontlines of building resilient resistance and taking direct action to transform our world. From JUNE 1 - 5, It Takes Roots and the Ruckus Society are bringing together leaders from across our alliances for our first of its kind Direct Action & Community Resiliency Camp at Wildseed in Millerton, NY.
FOR GGJ MEMBERS: 2018 is already off to a powerful start as we see waves of actions from the Dreamers to the #MeToo movement mobilizing across the country. This will be a critical year for our grassroots movements on so many different fronts of struggle.
We invite you to a special GGJ all member call on Wednesday, February 7th. We will hold this same call twice at 2 different times to offer more opportunities for as many members as possible. Organizers and member leaders are all invited to participate.