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Elder Activists for Social Justice

Community Conversation and Team Meeting

Thursday, June 15th at 9:30 to 11:00 am Pacific time, 12:30 to 2:00 pm Eastern time via Zoom conferencing


The first hour of our meeting will be a time to explore how our cultural, family, and personal identifications shape and limit our worldviews. We welcome newcomers to CEN as well as seasoned EASJ friends to engage in meaningful conversation.

The following questions may help you explore your own story prior to the meeting. During our meeting, we will explore this theme as individuals and as a group.

As I think about my ancestry and unique experience of my own life, how does it affect my identity, my sense of who I am?

How does it affect my life's purpose, mission or work, the way I want to serve? How does this fit into creating a loving and just world?

Other preparation suggested:

  1. Speech by the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, on the removal of four Confederacy statues from city property.  A very inspiring and moving model for facing and accepting our history, both what we can be proud of, and what we now see as wrong and harmful. 

  2. If you missed watching Molly Arthur's three-minute video on her ancestry story, check it out here.


The last half hour of the call will be our monthly “business meeting.” We will review the CEN Declaration on Doctrine of Discovery and consider how to bring this Declaration to our CEN community and share the resources to support further understanding. ALL are invited into this exciting discussion where we work together to get into action, as individuals and as an organization. 

We will also talk about our EASJ proposal to hold a public Webinar and in-person workshops on the West and East Coasts in the Fall. Our next three meetings in July, Aug and Sept will be for the EASJ committee only, in order to plan the public webinar and workshop to be offered in the Fall, 2017. 



12:30   10 min.              Welcome and Settling In                                Molly Arthur     

Intention of Conversation / Guidelines for online community                                                                     

12:40   10 min.              Introductions and Check-ins                           Molly Brown       

Share name and one of your ancestors names that is part of your Ancestral Story

12:50    Rounds of Conversation with EASJ members/friends exploring how their ancestry affects them today, using the questions as guidelines.                     

1:20   10 min.              Closing Sharing              whole group             Molly Brown

1:30   5-minute BREAK

1:35   EASJ Business Meeting                                                           Molly and Molly

  • CEN Declaration on the Doctrine of Discovery- how to publicize?
    • SEND proposed CEN Declaration to EASJ mailing list with technical ability to sign, ask question(s), add comment- what else?
  • To offer in the Fall - Zoom platform WEBINAR on Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery: Impact on Native Peoples and Its Legacy Today- how best publicize?
  • To offer in the Fall - WORKSHOPs on East Coast and West Coast - Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Peace: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. On the West Coast, we are considering a two-day workshop.
June 15, 2017 at 9:30am - 11am