2017 has already proven to be a year of big transitions for people of color personally and organizations collectively. There are ways we as leaders have had to show up that we where not prepared for. For women specifically, it has shown us where we have undeniable strength as well as opened up the spaces in us where we feel the most vulnerable. It has been an opportunity to create collective resiliency as well as reflect where leadership has divided us. As leaders of color there are some tough decisions we will have to make for our organizations and as people of color that are also being impacted there are some tough decisions we will also have to make at home.
Many of us are deeply feeling the weight of the attacks on our hearts, our bodies, our communities, those we love, and those we fight for. The possibility of VAWA, (the Violence Against Women Act) cuts also meaning that post-election violence against women and girls is on the rise; as funding decreases the need for programs for women and girls will also increase. We will need to get creative. As Obama Care gets cut and immigrant bans are proposed, the need for more program for communities of color will increase as well. We need to get creative and find alternative ways to sustain ourselves and our organizations- strategizing collectively, and keep growing the grassroots way of doing things.
This time can be seen as a great challenge in history or a great opportunity to create what has always been missing... TIME!
Time. Pause. Spaciousness to:
- Unpack what is going on, what does it mean for you and your organization
- Let go of and navigate fear & scarcity and build our capacity to confront what is here and what is coming
- Go deep in a safer and braver space in the areas of our lives and organizations to grow our impact;
- Support strong relationship-building, authentic connections, and knowledge/skill-sharing not just over the course of the month but to sustain us for the future;
- Build internal personal and organizational practices to sustain our hearts and work in the short and longterm
*This series invites transfeminine folks, transwomen, cis-women, folks who identify as women of all genders.