Designed and curated by younger and older social justice organizers and leaders, the goals of the Intergenerational Justice Summit include recognizing our challenges and opportunities; creating deeper understanding, trust, and connection across age, race, class, gender/fluidity, lines; and, based on shared vision and values, putting into action the structures and processes for building the intergenerational power to achieve Transformational Justice for All.
We face so many critical issues and formidable foes with deep pockets. Our greatest strength is our solidarity. The more we can raise each other up and present a united front across age, race, class, and gender/fluidity lines the more powerful and effective we will be.
Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. (He, him) is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology), and has also studied at Hebrew University (1990). He is an ordained Baptist minister and presently serves as Associate Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary. MORE.
Alex Deitrich-Cortez (She/her) is a White, neurodivergent, queer woman of 20th-century, working-class immigrant descent. She got her start in social justice and equity in her high school years. She later expanded into electoral politics with the Bernie 2016 campaign. Now a civil service worker and union member, she aims to bridge the generational gap in healthcare reform dialogues. Her primary interests in working with OPS are in consolidating power across voting blocs and promoting policies that integrate multiple dimensions of wellness in public health administration.
Egberto Willies (He, him) is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Progressive that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is “political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship”. He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to accumulate wealth while the rest are left out because it is mathematically impossible to catch up. [LinkedIn profile]
Kristin Volchansky (She, her) is an organizer for social justice issues and candidates in Pennsylvania. She managed a grassroots state senate campaign against a seventeen-year incumbent, raising over $25,000 during the campaign, in the midst of a pandemic. She cultivates working relationships with area businesses, local media, and community organizations. She has spearheaded methods of text, phone banking, and social media voter outreach. Organized socially distanced campaign events such as a drive-in movie fundraiser, virtual parades, and Facebook town halls.
Jack Hendricks (He, him) “After retiring from teaching high school chemistry in 1999, He turned his attention to political action hoping to preserve the environment. This led to involvement in Healthcare for All PA, helping publicize and lobby for universal healthcare. Now 85, he is a member of the old generation, dealing with health issues, and hoping to be of some use.”
Nox Shou / 蘓章良 (They/them/theirs) is a Philadelphia-based farmer, philosopher, aesthetician, artist, activist, filmmaker, and self-styled polymath and psychopomp of Teochew-Chinese descent. They run Crow’s Rest Farm, an urban micro-farm in South Philly. Nox practices regenerative, organic, urban micro-farming using permaculture methods. Their goal is to teach people to grow their own food and shake off the toxic dependence on supermarkets and industrially produced food.
Panel Topics: defining our goals
1. Re-Visioning Social Justice Across All Generations and Justice Campaigns
2. Intergenerational Strategy-Building to Win Justice for All
3. Cross-Generational Communications and Relationship Building in a Divided Society
4. Toward an Intergenerational Unity Statement and Dynamic Future
Mission: We are committed to winning Universal Transformative Justice, working across all generations, justice issues, demographic lines, and communications barriers.
Vision: The United States is a fundamentally just and nurturing society, a truly responsible citizen among and between the nations, tribes, and peoples of the world, and is a faithfully dedicated steward of the earth.Existential Hot-Button Issues: Climate Change and Fascism. We must clearly define, confront, and reverse structural Fascism, i.e., systems of State-Corporatism, White Supremacism, Religious Nationalism, and more. Simultaneously, we need a radical re-think of the strategy for tackling the Climate Change emergency.
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