Battle racism. Change hearts and minds. Create collective power.
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“We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers.” – Bayard Rustin
There is no denying it: these are scary times. Undocumented immigrants fear being torn from their homes and deported; transgender people fear increased violence and the loss of rights gained in recent years; people of color fear an increasingly militarized police force that disproportionately commits violence against their communities. In order for our collective power to conquer the sources of our fear, we need an intersectional movement that works nonviolently towards justice for all. And, that’s where us angelic troublemakers come in.
Bayard Rustin was a black socialist and key architect of the civil rights movement who lived openly as a gay man in the 1950’s. He was a powerful proponent of nonviolent resistance and the tools that would shape a movement and lead it to many successes. These grassroots, nonviolent strategies built a broad movement for civil rights – one that opponents could not easily demonize or ignore. Groundswell believes these tools and tactics to be an essential part of building the intersectional movement for justice that is so needed right now. That is why we will be holding a weekend-long program, the Bayard Rustin Bootcamp for Community Organizing, that honors Mr. Rustin in both name and teachings.
The Bayard Bootcamp will have three main trainings: one focused on anti-racism, one on effective political engagement, and another on community organizing. We are working to bring in expert individuals and organizations to lead these classes and really dive deep. By the end of the weekend you will have gained new skills that will aid you in your own social change work back home. You’ll also have a chance to connect with others working for a more just world while rejuvenating in the beauty of nature.
“The real radical is that person who has a vision of equality and is willing to do those things that will bring reality closer to that vision.” – Bayard Rustin
Intersectionality helps us see that LGBTQ people are truly everywhere: that means many of us are directly impacted by racism, poverty, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hostility, sexism, and the lack of accommodation for those of us with disabilities. Engaging homophobia is vitally important, but it is only one battle in the work to make sure all queers can enjoy freedom and dignity. Allyship is essential as we work to build movement that intersects our many, varied struggles. Let’s honor Mr. Rustin by not only growing our own ability to create change but also by shining bright as queers who work towards justice for all.
“If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the building process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end.” – Bayard Rustin