Marisol Muñoz-Kiehne PhD
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
As the first article of the Oakmont club Standing for Justice, may this serve as a description of the club’s history and intention, and as a welcoming invitation for our neighbors to join us in exploration, conversation and implementation.
Standing for Justice is the name of a new club in Oakmont dedicated to advocating for and advancing social/racial/environmental justice, locally and beyond, via education, dialogue, and civic actions.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The current members of the club are approximately 10 Oakmont residents who met during an informal #StandOnEveryCorner vigil action by standing on a few corners of our neighborhood with justice-related signs. We stood twice a week May-October of 2020, in solidarity with racial justice movements worldwide.
All Oakmont residents are warmly welcomed to join the club. The only requirements are open minds and willing hands. There is no membership fee.
We are holding our club meetings online via Zoom until Oakmont’s recreational facilities are reopened.
We anticipate hosting events in Oakmont, and attending other functions taking place away from the neighborhood.
We use email and texting for communicating in-between meetings.
Club meetings are held monthly for 60-90 minutes, on the third Tuesday of every month, starting at 4:00pm.
Some club meeting time is dedicated to the discussion of readings and functions attended.
Civic actions and events are scheduled on an ongoing basis.
Standing for Justice is a nonpartisan, nondenominational club. Members’ affiliations to all or none political parties and religious faiths are respected.
We focus on educational, conversational, and civic activities.
Education– Club members are committed to learning, and share with each other what we are gleaning from readings, lectures, podcasts, films, etc. For example, we have been reading articles, essays, and the following books on racism and antiracism:
- Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D.)
- How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.)
- America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal (Larry Ward, Ph.D.)
Conversation– Club members engage in empathetic, constructive dialogue and debate, within members of the club, and with others who we meet in person and online. We are planning to host local events as opportunities for discussing justice-related issues among interested neighbors.
Civic action– Club members support local, regional, state, national, and international organized efforts related to promoting social/racial/environmental justice. We intend to contribute to reforming and transforming non-violently attitudes, actions, and policies that perpetuate injustice.
Anyone having questions or considering becoming a member can contact our co-leaders:
Kathie Weston- firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Jurs- email@example.com
“The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being, but it is also the most true to our nature.” César Chávez