This election year has certainly been a stormy one. We’ve seen activists challenge campaigns to address important social issues, legislation shift for and against civil rights, and months of equal parts hope and dread for November 8. Before we hunker down to get through election night, I’ve got one more forecast for you with ways to make a difference at the ballot box and beyond.
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All Month Long:
Everywhere: Support the Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock.
The situation on the front lines to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline has escalated in the last couple of weeks. Not only are water protectors at the Sacred Stone Camp for Standing Rock facing aggressive tactics from law enforcement, they also have to prepare for the harsh South Dakota winter that’s just around the corner. One of the best ways you can support folks in the camps is by donating essential supplies that will help sustain them in the coming months. The camp has also set up an Amazon Wish List to track what’s needed and provide supporters with a way to ship items directly.
Keep checking in with the Sacred Stone Camp through the winter, because their needs may change as more people and colder weather arrive.
This week we’re looking at a Healing for Black Lives event in Decatur, Georgia; a workshop exploring issues within the prison system in Madison, Wisconsin; and how to get ready for Election Day right where you are.
Monday, November 7
Madison, Wisconsin: Attend the Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System workshop.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fountain of Life Family Worship
633 West Badger Rd.
Madison, WI 53713
The Nehemia Center for Justice and Reconciliation works to address problems within the local prison system and helps formerly incarcerated people successfully return to their communities. Part of that work is educating the public through projects like this series, which explores racism within the system. These workshops are interactive — organizers want folks to ask questions, be engaged, and learn from each other. Everyone is welcome and the event is free. Check with the Nehemia Center for information about additional events and how you can help currently and formerly incarcerated people.
Tuesday, November 8
Everywhere: Vote, vote, get out and vote!
This is the big day we’ve all been waiting for! You can help decide how this dust storm settles by simply voting. If you haven’t done so already, we’re here to help. Elect This has a simple polling locator to find exactly where you need to go in order to cast your ballot. Once you’ve done your civic duty and flexed your voting muscle, tune in to MTV for our special brand of election night coverage!
Saturday, November 12
Baltimore, Maryland: Listen and be heard at Circles of Voices: The Baltimore Transgender Alliance.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
1400 Greenmount Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Circles of Voices is a series that brings people from various backgrounds together to foster a deeper understanding of complex issues like Black Lives Matter, misogyny, and gentrification. The organization running these events is appropriately called An End to Ignorance. They’ve partnered with the Baltimore Transgender Alliance to host a conversation about the experiences of trans women in the Baltimore area. This is a great opportunity for cisgender and trans folks to have a serious dialogue. These kinds of interactions make all of us better people, which in turn makes our world a better place.
Sunday, November 13
Decatur, Georgia: Practice self-care at Healing for Black Lives.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
118 2nd Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
It is absolutely necessary that we all take care of ourselves, given how draining working for justice can be. If you’re in the Decatur area, Rise Up Georgia is opening a space of love and healing for the traumas experienced by black folks and other people of color. There will be healing specialists to help your mind, body, and soul with free yoga, meditation, and more. Allies are welcome to also show up and partake in the boundless love of the community.
Tuesday, November 15
Jackson, Mississippi: Get creative for reproductive and sexual health with ArtMoves Jackson.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Chokwe Lumumba Center
939 W. Capitol St.
Jackson, MS 39203
CoreAlign is inviting you to come make art and explore what it means to have a healthy sexual, reproductive, and family life within your community. Several artists and activists will be there to facilitate art projects and engage discussions about all those topics. The event is free and all are welcome.
After the election, there will still be so much work to do. We must keep pushing for the solutions to our country’s problems — and those answers are often not on anyone’s ballot until we work to put them there. Whether that means bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you.