Organize the Energy
This year’s election has been one that has been filled with all sorts of negative rhetoric and actions. After the elections, people have reported incidents of racial slurs and religious and political intimidation. Across the country and locally, there have been protests. While recognizing people’s right to protest, the Cross-Cultural Alliance of Duluth would like to invite you to be part of organizing that energy to build something positive.
On Monday, November 14th at 6 pm at Peace United Church of Christ, over 80 people gathered to discuss how to build something positive. We discussed
- What can we do now to make people feel safe?
- What can we do to build a more resilient social fabric?
This is not be a partisan effort. We may have different perspectives on the outcome of recent elections, but all of us have a stake in making sure our cities are welcoming places with economies that work for everyone who lives there. The goal is come together to take a stand that we will not let anyone in the Twin Ports region be targeted for who they are or what they believe. We can be a model of a city that may have people with different cultures, religions and opinions, and still build resilience with a sense of respect and civility.
Two of the initial suggestions that came out of the November 14 meeting was to develop a Rapid Response team to address issues that arise within the community and a list of people who are willing to serve as allies/accomplices for people who would like that type of support.
CCAD is initiate those two efforts as well as continue the effort to organize the energy in a positive way.
Join in Next Steps
The Cross-Cultural Alliance of Duluth has been working to prepare for next steps. We are planning to have another gathering in January that builds on the ideas of our November 14th gathering.
Positive Community Vision: As part of the work, we have created a draft Community Vision statement that we hope can be the start of a conversation for building a Community Vision that is respectful and inclusive of the diverse perspectives that exist. Please check it out and comment with your ideas through the button at the button below.
Rapid Response Team/List of Allies & Accomplices: We are going to be meeting in December to further plan how to bring this in to fruition and provide training to the people on this list.
Next Large Group Meeting: Our next meeting will be in January. (We may also have a breakout at the Citizens in Action workshop hosted by the League of Women Voters on January 28 at First United Methodist Church.) By this point, we hope to have more concrete plans for moving forward and using our energy to contribute to a stronger social fabric in the Twin Ports.
If you are interested in being part of planning next steps, please fill out the contact form below.