Having “Empathy” means:
1. Having the ability to “walk in someone else’s shoes” for as long as You need to connect with them in order to be able to feel what they are feeling.
2. Wanting to understand what they are going through and show them they are not alone.
3. Not judging their situation in any way, not making yourself the Saviour and them the Victim.
4. Seeing them as they are. Offering them the space of your empathic presence allows them to feel seen and accepted. From there on, change and healing can take place.
Be empathic and #lovebeyondwalls
Today, we led hundreds of “doers” in the heart of the city to love those who are unseen and vulnerable. Gather Atlanta was special today because so many people made wonderful connections. We are leading “A Movement Of Doers!” If you are interested in serving with us in July, click [HERE]
What is Privilege?
We love a few definitions about privilege given by NCCJ,
Privilege: Unearned access to resources (social power) that are only readily available to some people because of their social group membership; an advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by one societal group above and beyond the common advantage of all other groups. Privilege is often invisible to those who have it.
Social Power: Access to resources that enhance one’s chances of getting what one needs in order to lead a comfortable, productive and safe life.
Class Privilege: The unearned access, resources and social status systematically given to upper-middle, upper, rich and owning class individuals at the expense of working and poor class individuals.
Target or Oppressed Identities: Social groups that are negatively valued, considered to be inferior, abnormal, or dependent and given limited access to resources and social power.
Agent or Privileged Identities: Social groups that are positively valued considered superior, independent, or “normal” and have access to resources and power.
What is Gentrification?
Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. But the effects of gentrification are complex and contradictory, and its real impact varies.
Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn’t want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalized.
Gentrification has been the cause of painful conflict in many American cities, often along racial and economic fault lines. Neighborhood change is often viewed as a miscarriage of social justice, in which wealthy, usually newcomers are congratulated for “improving” a neighborhood whose poor, minority residents are displaced by skyrocketing rents and economic change.
Although there is not a clear-cut technical definition of gentrification, it is characterized by several changes.
Next week, we are hanging out in the community with a group that is coming from Orlando, FL to serve with us! We are excited that this group from Genesis Church has chosen to come up here and serve with us.
Terence shares stories in a video that will be played at Creative Mornings ATL this coming Friday (5-25-18).
We are grateful that the Friendly Human shot this video in Memphis, TN during the #MAP18 campaign.
To grab tickets visit this link:
Here’s a quick recap of our May’s “Gather Atlanta!!” Gather Atlanta is an initiative that gathers people from all walks of life in the heart of the city to serve those who are most vulnerable.
To learn more or volunteer, visit lovebeyondwalls.org
One month ago, our organization was donated this car from a generous medical doctor. The doctor has chosen to remain anonymous, and the car only needs minor repairs (it runs).
However, we’ve decided to make this car our first “Give Love Away” gift. We are looking for a family or individual to gift this vehicle to that needs a push. Someone in need who could really use this vehicle to get ahead in some way. We are not interested in giving this car away to anyone who really doesn’t need transportation.
How to apply:
—Submit a story for someone else. If you have a story of someone who could benefit from this vehicle, submit it on their behalf by visiting our contact page and sharing their story or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
—Tag an organization or someone. Tag an organization or someone that may have a story to submit on behalf of someone else.
Please do not inbox us personally about this as we receive many requests already.
TOP TEN STORIES
We are taking the first ten stories and will select the person or family that we feel this vehicle will best serve. We will select the recipient by May 10th (one week from today).