June 2020 Newsletter-Responding to this Moment

IPL’s national board wrote of a Kairos moment —a time outside of our usual, chronos, clock-time moments that presents us with “God-moments” when there is ripeness, possibility for growth and transformation. Other religious traditions describe such moments of unforeseen openings, too. Writer Rebecca Solnit speaks of “the spaciousness of uncertainty,” and Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy speaks of recognizing the possibility of being “strengthened by uncertainty.” Such a time invites us to step boldly into spaces of moral imagination and reimagination.

This Friday, Juneteenth, IPL leaders across the country will be in attendance at the US Climate Action Network (USCAN) Virtual Annual Meeting. We at PA IPL, and all of the USCAN network invite members to actively participate in three days of action being lifted up by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). Members of USCAN know the creativity and courage of each person is needed to reimagine and recreate the just systems that we need to move us from systems that extract, expend, and punish, to systems that support, uphold, celebrate. For those ready to be outside in crowds with masks, there are opportunities to demonstrate in multiple ways, including commiting to dismantling structures of systemic inequity and racism —closing the green gap— particulate matter emitted by power plants and affecting neighboring communities. There are also opportunities to lift up creative, generative, and ongoing work without being in crowds.

  • Commit to M4BL actions on and around Juneteenth
  • Stand in solidarity with the Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington via a 2 hour program broadcast on Saturday, June 20th at 10:00am and 6:00pm, and again on Sunday, June 21st at 6:00pm. Sign up, and visit June2020.org to tune in.
  • Participate in the #GreenGapChallenge, a call led by USCAN member Nakisa Glover/Sol Nation, to all – especially culture workers – to highlight on social media the connections between racial justice and environmental justice through varied artistic forms of expression. This challenge will launch on Saturday, June 20; we’ll share more on our Facebook page. This video by artists Marcus Kiser and Georgie Nakema will give you a taste of creative, generative art meant to communicate harms, and lead us into new spaces.

If you are curious about connections between the Movement for Black Lives, and the work we are committed to, we invite you to read “If you care about the planet, you must dismantle white supremacy” by Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, and published in Grist just this week.