The message below went out on Friday, February 3, 2012 to those Standing on the Side of Love supporters who signed up for daily Thirty Days of Love emails. You can sign-up for the 30 Days of Love emails here.
Recently while browsing around the Internet, likely procrastinating instead of studying, I came across the “We are the 99 Percent” blog. Though I have mixed opinions and a certain amount of skepticism about the Occupy Movement, I’ve been riveted to the compelling first-hand stories shared there–by the veteran that is supporting her children with food stamps, by college students like me that are struggling to get by and faced with uncertain job prospects and a mountain of debt upon graduation, by young parents that are suffering with untreated health conditions because they don’t have insurance.
However, I know that not all communities are facing these difficult economic times on equal footing. Numerous reports demonstrate that traditionally marginalized communities–people of color, immigrants, and LGBT people–are particularly impacted by our country’s trying economic situation and its subsequent effect on access to employment, housing, and healthcare.
The core goal of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign is understanding and responding to identity-based discrimination. For today’s daily action, let’s lift up the challenges faced by those who are already discriminated against because of their identity by submitting a letter to the editor. You can draft your own and submit it to your newspaper, or use our online tool.
You can also use the fact sheet that we have compiled on economic justice in marginalized communities.
Please take a moment today to educate yourself and your community about the systematic inequalities faced by certain members of our society. Today I will be writing my own letter to the editor of my hometown paper, speaking up in my own way to call for economic justice for our society’s marginalized communities.
Will you join me?
In faith and love,
Standing on the Side of Love