The SAFE Project: February 2017

What it is:

  • 28 days of small but tangible acts of kindness as a form of protest.*
  • A closed group where we can share ideas, experiences, and personal stories.
  • An opportunity to practice showing up, using your voice, and deciding how and where in your daily life and local community you CAN make a difference.
  • A safe place to come be seen, heard, and held.

What it isn’t:

  • An invitation to trolling disguised as political debate.
  • A solution or end point.
  • A place to coddle white fragility.
  • An opportunity to pat each other on the back for our good deeds alone.
  • A chance to be right, superior, or self-righteous.
  • A replacement for additional forms of protest and action.

Who is invited:

  • Those who feel frightened, discouraged, silenced, or unsure of what to do next.
  • Those who feel grounded, clear, strong, and are seeking community.
  • Those who want to truly listen and learn from each other.
  • Those for whom small acts of kindness are a way of life — or want them to be.
  • Those who believe in and back the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBT rights and equality, safety for our Muslim sisters and brothers, rights for undocumented immigrants, being a safe haven for refugees, freedom of speech and of the press, actual facts, science and the arts, and an America where there is no place for hateful acts.
  • Those who want to speak out against normalizing hate, in the workplace, at school, in your neighborhood, and with your online community. In other words, everywhere.
  • Those who refuse to let hate win.
  • Those who refuse to retreat in fear but are rather driven forward by a love of justice and humanity.

How it will work:

When you sign up, you’ll be added to a closed, participant-only Facebook group. As a collective, we will offer each other quotes, questions, readings, poems, and inquiries to ponder, digest, and act on — in addition to simply sharing true stories as our days unfold. This will not be a highly structured experience, but rather one that will emphasize being awake to real life, organic connection, spontaneity, and the daily practice of being a kind human. You can check in as much or as little as you like.

What are some examples of “tangible acts of kindness”?

  • Donating your time if you are a practitioner of a healing art (massage, reiki, coaching)
  • Checking on an elderly neighbor
  • Paying it forward for the person behind you in line
  • Giving money to a homeless person without questioning their motives
  • Inviting a homeless person to come into a store, cafe, or restaurant with you and buying them a needed item or meal
  • Going out of your way to learn about institutional racism — by reading books, going to lectures, seeing movies, and seeking out conversations that challenge privilege
  • Holding the door for a stranger, looking someone in the eye, and saying hello
  • Leaving an anonymous treat on a co-worker’s desk
  • Making conversation with a stranger who might feel unsafe
  • Calling out racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, or otherwise derogatory comments or threatening actions — even (especially) if your voice shakes
  • Buy some extra chocolates, even if you went to pick up just the milk

*How does this make the world safer, and how is kindness a form of protest?

Here’s what my wife says: “The world is safer when we’re connecting in small ways over everyday things.” I couldn’t agree more. As for protest: Insisting on, embodying, and enacting respect and kindness for ALL people, no matter where in the world you live, is a way to oppose the normalization of hate, something that we are already seeing is not only likely but certain in Trump’s America.

When:

February 1-28, 2017.

How Much:

This is a labor of love for me, because one of my passions and purposes in being here on the planet is connecting with people and building community. I also really like feeding my kids and I am my family’s primary breadwinner.

All of that is to say: Pay what you can. Simply go to Paypal.com or use the button below and enter the amount you can and wish to pay. I will donate a percentage of what I earn from this group to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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