On December 13, 2016, more than 250 community members met at Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan to discuss concerns and explore strategies surrounding eight key issues, including immigration policy, racial justice, women's issues, LGBTQ equity, religious tolerance (addressing anti-Muslim concerns), environmental protection/climate change, hate crimes and school bullying.
After hearing brief explanations of these topics from a panel of speakers, the community members in attendance broke into eight groups to continue the discussion and to allow everyone's voice to be heard. To begin, each group created a list of concerns surrounding their topic.
Following this, each group discussed various methods for solving the most pressing issues on the topic, creating a list of strategies that could be carried forward in the community. The goal is for these discussions to continue among community members, and for us to meet again, further acting on the plan to implement these strategies.
Linked below are the complete notes from each of the eight group breakout sessions. Feel free to review the various topics and explore the event from your group's perspective, as well as that of other Allies joining together on this collective mission.
On Tuesday, January 17th, the Allies again joined together to finalize strategies in each of their eight groups, and begin to make plans for action.
If you're interested in becoming involved in a specific group, please send us your contact information, and we will pass it on to the conveners or organizers of that group. Thank you for your support and we look forward to adding you to our community of Allies!
In the meanwhile, don't be afraid to get involved by speaking with your Representatives to share your concerns, comments, and ideas. Call 1-844-USA-0234 to be immediately connected to your members of Congress.
This initiative, Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress, is a joint effort by the following community organizations:
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