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  • It’s Juneteenth

    by Micah It’s Juneteenth. On Wednesday, I took part in the Wednesday Walk 4 Black Lives here in Kingston. Thank you to the organizers for continuing to do this and the inspiring speakers. Walking along, the route turned onto my block. As we were chanting “Black Lives Matter” a white man stood on his porch … Continued

    GWI Newsletter: Just Transition and Black Lives

    We are rising up and calling for justice. With protests filling the streets and town squares throughout the Hudson Valley, in communities all over the country, and now also across the world, the depth of our frustration, rage, and grief is hard to overstate. The senseless, tragic deaths of so many people of color has … Continued

    GWI Newsletter: Solidarity, Connection, And Hope

    Depending where you look, how you’re feeling in that moment, it can feel like the worst of times or an unexpected, blessed pause, often in quick succession, sometimes simultaneously. The challenges we are facing, as a global community experiencing this novel coronavirus, are unprecedented in their reach. The ripple effects of the pandemic are shuddering … Continued

    Pause

    by Micah In recent meetings talking about the first topic that every meeting starts with – COVID 19, “The Rona”, a co-worker said that I always look a little giddy, with a smile on my face. I felt embarrassed and a little apologetic. But, she was also right. She explained that she knew it was … Continued

    GWI Newsletter: Community Resilience And Transitions Ahead

    Spring is here. With all its vagaries of rain, mud, sunshine, and frost. With all its signs of new life in the red buds on the trees, in the high-pitched chime of spring peepers in the wetlands, in intense shades of green shyly returning to alleyways and roadsides and backyards, we welcome this change in … Continued

    Notes from the Field: What is Home?

    by Aja Schmeltz “ECO MEANS HOME: ‘eco’ comes from the greek word oikos, meaning ‘home’” – from Movement Generation’s JustTransition Zine Home. What does that mean to you? Is it a place? Is it an idea? Is it people? Perhaps it is a feeling? I happen to think that home is all four of those … Continued

    Crisis Decisionmaking in a WSDNP

    by Susan Grove On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, one of the facilitators of the Developing a Social Equity Practice workshop that GWI had begun planning in August 2019 wrote to raise questions about ask contingency plans, and whether any thought had been given to postponing or canceling the event. Academy Circle members quickly checked in … Continued

    Social Connection and Social Distancing for Community Wellbeing

    Dear GWI community, We stand for collective health and well-being. We believe that it is exactly in times such as these that we must band together and support each other, to overcome fear, to protect the vulnerable, and to deepen our commitment to connection, collaboration, creativity, and love.  As a community, we celebrate courage and … Continued

    Notes from the Field

    by Caitlin Dourmashkin. Photo by Decora A few months ago, our co-Worker Susan told us about Move Up, Move Up, a less ableist alternative to the Step Up, Step Back framework that encourages people who historically speak the most to step back and create space and for others to step up and share their voice. … Continued

    Roles: Circle to Circle

    by Hélène Lesterlin, with Susan Grove At Good Work Institute, we organize our collaborative work into “Circles”. Circles function as sub-groups of the six-member GWI team; each circle is focused on a specific aspect of the organization. We have three organizational circles (Operations, Development and Communications), four program circles (Network, Academy, Alliance, Greenhouse), a Learning … Continued