#100Days#100Dinners

For millennia, sharing a meal has stood as one of the few things that all of us — whoever we are and wherever we come from — have in common. In the wake of this divisive election, we’re hungrier than ever for spaces to break bread, be heard, and build bridges across lines of difference.

We believe that in order to realize Dr. King’s vision of a person-oriented society, we need to come together, in person. To meet, speak, & eat, to share stories, and to build trust.

Over the first 100 days of the new administration, between January 20 and April 29, we are inviting people to convene and join potluck dinners all across the nation. Volunteer to host, and we will help you prepare to facilitate conversations about healing for those most affected, or community-building across lines of difference. Sign up to attend a dinner, and bring a dinner item, and your whole self – fears, hopes, hurts.

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter — but beautiful — struggle for a new world."

We invite you to pull up a chair.

Recommended action for #RevolutionOfValues

Over the first 100 days of the new administration, between January 20 and April 29, #100DAYS100DINNERS is inviting people to convene and join potluck dinners all across the nation.

We hope to create self-organized structures for community-building, individual and collective healing, and shared solutions, in the form of one of humankind's most ancient -- and deceptively simple -- rituals. Volunteer to host, and we will help you prepare to facilitate conversations about healing for those most affected, or community-building across lines of difference.

Sign up to attend a dinner, and bring a dinner item, your stories, and a desire to listen. Check out our website to join a dinner near you, or sign up to host your own: https://www.100days100dinners.us/

Alternate ROOTS

Alternate ROOTS was founded at the Highlander Research and Education Center in 1976 on the heels of the Vietnam War. Highlander was a place dear to Dr. King's heart.

Our work is consistent with Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community. We seek to nurture a community where art and culture are essential to human development and the dismantling of oppressive structures. We are deeply rooted in the South and informed by the unique strategic place the South holds in the transformation of our society. We hold Dr. King as an important and essential frame for our continued growth and development.

Arts & Democracy

ARTS & DEMOCRACY roots its work in the liberating power of the arts and culture that help us reimagine and remake society. This requires shifting power, dismantling structural racism and other forms of oppression, and seeking a fair and equitable distribution of resources. We engage a spectrum of creative approaches to support individual, community, and systemic change. We see our work as part of a diverse ecology of art and social justice practice, where a small, decentralized, and nimble network such as ours can be a vital resource. 

We actively commit to: 

  • Cultural equity and cultural rights
  • The self determination, vision, and agency of our communities
  • Collaboration, interdependence, and sustained relationships
  • The power of place, importance of context, and abundance of community cultural assets
  • A vision of arts and culture as an integral part of our communities 

We believe that: 

  • The people most impacted by policy need to play a significant role in shaping that policy
  • Change happens when we link grassroots action, analysis, imagination, and policy
  • We need to work actively against racism and other forms of oppression, and for social justice
  • We need to bring our full selves to our organizing and take care of ourselves and our communities as we do this work over time.

Barefoot Artists

Barefoot Artists seeks to bear witness to the forgotten and the oppressed. It works to empower susceptible residents, organize disenfranchised communities, and take action to create a more compassionate, just and sustainable future.

Federico García Lorca’s words reflect our commitment: We “will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.”

Donald Trump’s policy fueled by fear, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia ushers us into a frightfully dark time. He strengthens the rich and powerful; he oppresses the poor and vulnerable. He assaults democracy and make mockery of science.

We remember Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alarming words “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Now is the time for us, the common citizens, to RESIST and to fight for our values.

We join the Revolution Of Values (#RevolutionOfValues) launched by USDAC so that our actions become connected to this powerful movement and our words become a part of a resounding collective voice that reverberates throughout the land expressing generosity, inclusion, and the spirit of love.

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party is a community of (mostly) 20- and 30-somethings out to transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement. We’ve lost moms and dads, siblings and partners and friends, infants and children, and get together over potluck meals for a chance to share the part of ourselves that rarely sees the light of day.

We are bound not by religion, or race, or age, or class, but by loss, a common currency that transcends those lines and unites us in "a world-wide fellowship".

We know that the minute we begin to “other” each other, to think that because we don’t know what to say, it is better to say nothing at all, we deny each other a voice and a chance to be seen and to be heard.

We know that such silences become yet another way of silencing each other, of ignoring systemic abuses, of perpetuating the status quo.

And we know that grief is not shared equally in America, nor outside of it. As Dr. King would have us remember, silence is complicity, and tomorrow may come too late.

We have seen that buried beneath our most isolating experiences lie the seeds for rich community, empathy, and meaningful connection. We have seen that our ability to thrive as individuals depends first on our building thriving communities. And we have seen that that work cannot be done alone.

A #RevolutionofValues, you say? You had us at hello.

Recommended action for #RevolutionOfValues:

#Maketomorrowtoday, take one loving action, large or small, that you've thought about but never acted on.

Forecast Public Art

FORECAST PUBLIC ART fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative place-based development. For more than 40 years we have improved the collective life by connecting the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. Forecast is respected regionally, nationally and internationally for a unique combination of responsive services, support directly to public artists, and abundant information and resources, including Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art journal. 

Public art occupies a unique position within the art world. In comparison with gallery, museum, dance and theater shows, public art is free, there are no tickets or reservations needs. You can view it alone or in groups and it is open to everyone. The power of public art is that it is accessible to all people, regardless of income, race, gender, mobility, immigration status or language. In addition to accessibility, public art and placemaking programming can contribute to a more dynamic, equitable and resilient community by contributing to community efforts and action, poverty and social inclusion goals, health and well-being, community safety, travel/access, and skills acquisition and job training. Whatever the form, public art helps to create shared meaning, a greater sense of identity and understanding of each other. 

We are proud to partner with the USDAC and other allies on #RevolutionOfValues, a day of creative action on 4 April 2017. This year, Forecast Public Art approved a new mission and vision that evolves us from what Dr. King describes as “thing-oriented,” where we see our role as dedicated to the creation of public art, to a more intentional “person-oriented” organization dedicated to the transformational power of art in our shared public lives. We have made a commitment as an organization to work in collaboration with others who share the values expressed in the #RevolutionOfValues campaign.

Hollaback!

Imagine a world where everyone could walk down the street unimpeded – with the sun in their face or the wind at their back – and revel in the joys of their surroundings, whether in a rural landscape or an urban jungle. Envision a society where all of us can enjoy a concert, a night out, a jog through campus or a ride home free of harassment from strangers. Picture a global community where anyone could log onto their favorite website and express their opinions openly, freely and respectfully without being ridiculed or threatened. 

That world is possible, and with your help we can help make it happen. 

HOLLABACK! is a global movement to end harassment powered by a network of grassroots activists. We work together to understand harassment, ignite public conversations, and develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces. We leverage new technologies to bring voice to an issue that historically has been silenced, and to build leadership within this movement to break the silence. 

Our mission is to build safe, inclusive public spaces by transforming the culture that perpetuates discrimination and violence. We carry out this mission by building the power of people to create measurable and long-lasting impacts in the movement for gender justice. 

We envision a world where all people have the freedom to move through public space, participate in civic life, and reach their full potential. In this world, women and LGBTQ+ individuals will never face violence and discrimination as they walk down the street, go to school, sit in the park, attend a public protest, or participate online or in media. We all have the right to be who we are, whatever that means that day, that hour, that minute. 

OUR ACTION: 

We’ll invite our community to #maketomorrowtoday, by taking one loving action, large or small, that they’ve thought about but never acted on.

National Council of Elders

April 4, 2017, will be the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In confronting the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of the United States, Dr. King described the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Delivered to an overflow crowd at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, Dr. King’s challenge to engage in a radical revolution of values encountered ferocious opposition. Fifty years on, it is clear that Dr. King’s analysis and call to action are as relevant now as they were then: 

Today the United States has a multi-trillion dollar permanent war economy, the costliest deployment of weapons and military personnel in the world, and at home a vast system of mass incarceration, a hideous homicide rate and endemic violence against women and LGBTQ people. 

Today as a result of our society’s virulent racism, people of color are subjected to unrelenting state violence through police brutality, police murder and massive incarceration rates, while suffering gross disparities in income, education, employment, military service, housing and health care. 

Today materialism dominates our culture and our economy to the peril of all life on earth. It pollutes our values, our souls and the natural world. 

Today we know that the struggle against sexism and patriarchy is intrinsically linked to overcoming racism, militarism, materialism and environmental catastrophe. 

These truths are too rarely discussed. We are too often silent and too often ruled by despair or indifference. 

OUR ACTION: 

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS is resolved to join with others to once again break this deadly silence. We will organize group readings of Dr. King’s speech on April 4, 2017. We ask schools, churches, civil rights groups, labor organizations, museums, community organizations, and others to join us in building this movement to break silence, promote dialogue and engage in nonviolent direct action.

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

We believe the 21st century is calling for a more equitable humane existence, greater sharing of resources, and a deeper appreciation of cultural differences. Nearly six million indigenous citizens live in the United States, whose ancestors resided for centuries in original homelands within the continental United States, Hawai’i, and Alaska. At the NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION we work with artists and organizations to support cultural revival, foster creativity and economic opportunity, and address social progress, thereby inspiring hope and collective responsibility within Native communities and across the nation. 

In this time of profound cultural upheaval, there are many people who are concerned about the direction of our nation. Native nations and other groups who have experienced injustice believe that many of the freedoms and advances that have been made historically are at risk. Native peoples and communities are motivated by values and cultural practices that have been passed down for generations, inspiring a wellspring of creativity and action. There is consensus that amidst transition and upheaval in uncertain times, it is even more important to stay rooted to these values. 

As we approach the anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior’s April 4, 1967 Riverside Speech, the relevancy of his words today, fifty years later, have never been more potent. Under this new administration, we are witnessing a dismantling of everything that Martin Luther King Jr. fought for and that two generations of supporters spent the last 50 years improving upon. One only has to look at who occupies the White House; men who are incompetent and have zero experience in public service, and whose actions foretell an ugly America that is hard to imagine. Their slash and burn practices will inevitably feed the giant triplets that Dr. King spoke about and could bankrupt America, lead us into another war, and create life-threatening divisions between races, cultures, and classes. 

As truthful and troubling as Dr. King’s Riverside Speech is, his words calling for a “genuine revolution of values” reverberate today. This has always been the advice of our wise ones in indigenous communities. Thus, we are rising to stand for justice and truth. We are arising for those who came before us and for those yet to come. We encourage artists to be courageous and share your creative voice, explore new terrain, and challenge what is wrong. But always move forward with strength, respect, and dignity. Dr. King issues a passionate plea to all citizens, “…the choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history. [Lets hope]… that love is going to have the last word.” 

New Economy Coalition

THE NEW ECONOMY COALITION (NEC) is a network of 175+ organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally new system can take root. 

Our network advances change in three main ways: 

(1) We convene and connect leaders to tackle common challenges in their work to build a new economy. 

(2) We amplify stories, tools, and analysis, weaving a collective new economy narrative that can build shared identity, shift culture and policy, and promote a clear vision of the next system. 

(3) We lift up the work of communities on the frontlines of interrelated economic and ecological crises who are organizing for transformative change, through right relationships and direct support. 

 

Towards the end of his life, Dr. King was organizing a poor people’s campaign against what he called the “three evils” - War, Racism and Poverty. We see our work at NEC as continuing to make these connections between economics and social justice for all. 

OUR ACTION: 

Tell a story describing your perfect day in a new economy? What does wealth feel like to you? Upload your story to social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—with the hashtags #NewEconomy, #RevolutionOfValues, and #USDAC, and/or email it to hello@usdac.us. 

New Poor People’s Campaign

On December 5th, 1967 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign.

The Campaign aimed to bring poor people together from all across the country and from all
racial and ethnic backgrounds in order to build up a new and unsettling force that could
lead the fight against racism, militarism, and economic exploitation. It was the Poor
People’s Campaign that the Rev. Dr. King was working on when he chose to speak out
against the Vietnam War.

Exactly one year before his assassination, on April 4th, 1967, King called all people of conscience to “break the silence” and declare war an enemy of the poor. Dr. King stated that, “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth ...A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”


Today, dozens of groups in the United States and around the world are calling for a
New Poor People’s Campaign, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original campaign. All throughout this year, we’re working to reveal the interconnected evils of racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation. The New Poor People’s Campaign is taking part in this day of creative action on the 50th Anniversary of “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” because we recognize the power of artistic expression to create the language and space we need to imagine and enact a true revolution of values that can move us toward a “radical redistribution
of economic and political power,” and “a change of the whole structure of American
life.”

Recommended action for #RevolutionOfValues

 The New Poor People's Campaign will be releasing a new video as part of a video series entitled “America Will Be” for the 50th Anniversary of King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech. This short 4 minute video goes beyond the headlines to explore today’s most urgent battles and to meet the people who are putting their bodies, and sometimes their lives, on the line to secure a better future for their children.

From the Native American resistance in Standing Rock to the struggles for clean and affordable water in Detroit and Flint; from the fight to end racist legislation in North Carolina to the successful nationwide strike of fast food workers fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15, “America Will Be” documents a profound moment in American history that reveals the interconnected evils Dr. King denounced in "Time to Break the Silence."

We are asking communities to come together and watch this short video. Reflecting on the historical insights shared by Dr. King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech and the present day struggles of the communities highlighted in the video, we invite people to share their own stories about the connections of racism, militarism, economic exploitation, and ecological devastation.

We ask people to think about why we need a New Poor People's Campaign in this moment? How do we move from talking about unity to building real unity? How can our creative imagining help us envision this possibility? We encourage people to share their reflections in the form of song, spoken word, and visual imagery.

The Shalom Center/MLK+50

At the heart of Dr. King’s most profound, prophetic, & provocative sermon is his reminder that America is threatened by the "triplets" Racism, Militarism, & Materialism; that we need a radical revolution in values from a thing-oriented to a people-oriented society; and that we face "the fierce urgency of Now."

The urgency is even fiercer in our generation, 50 years later. We ask, why "triplets" instead of any other word for "three"? Because biological triplets share DNA -- and these triplets share the DNA of subjugation, disempowering a host of "Others."

So in the present linked crises of attacks on American democracy and on the interwoven web of life that makes up Planet Earth, we seek to learn from Dr. King’s wisdom and courage how to go forward in our own thought and action today.

Recommended action for #RevolutionOfValues

Gathering "Clergy & Laity Concerned About America" on April 4, 2017, at New York Ave Presbyterian Church iin Washington DC, three blocks from the White House, for an all-day set of workshops on how in our many home communities we can combat the deadly triplets.

Spark Movement

SPARK Movement is a girl-fueled, intergenerational activist organization working to ignite and foster an antiracist gender justice movement to end violence against women and girls and promote girls’ healthy sexuality, self-empowerment and well-being.

By providing feminist, girl-focused training, consulting services, curricula and resources, SPARK aims to arm activists, educators, community leaders, and girls themselves to foster coalitions and partnerships in order to ignite and support a global young feminist movement.

When Dr. King spoke, "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." We are committed to joining the resistance and fighting for a culture shift, a paradigm upheaval and urgent need to change the structures that benefit those with power and crush those without. We hope to share the voices and stories of young people as they respond to and get re-motivated by Dr. King's words. The revolution might not be won in our lifetime, so we need to keep the torch lit for the next generation!

Recommended action for #RevolutionOfValues

We are proud to partner with the USDAC to offer our Youth Voices for Justice toolkit of activities that inspire and guide kids and young people to take action. We will collect examples of the vibrant, inspiring and creative actions launched by kids (and their allies) and share them through video, blogs and photos.

WomenArts

WOMENARTS is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. We put the spotlight on women artists every March through Support Women Artists Now Day, and we share news about trailblazing women artists and gender parity activists all year long through the WomenArts Blog. We believe in the power of women artists to create, connect, and change the world. 

King’s comments about the glaring contrasts between the rich and the poor resonated deeply with me. A few years ago I got a call from a young woman musician who had been evicted from her apartment. They had changed the locks and all her musical equipment was inside. They were going to auction it off unless she could come up with $1,000. 

I will never forget the desperation in that women’s voice. She had worked a clerical job and lived frugally for several years to save the money to buy that equipment and move to a bigger city to make her mark in the music industry. But she got sick and could not work for three months after she moved, and she was about to lose everything she had worked so hard to obtain. She had called every emergency service in town with no luck and WomenArts was her final resort. 

Fortunately I was able to help that woman get the funds she needed, but the majority of people living in poverty around the world are women and children, and all too often their cries for help go unanswered. Even the women who have jobs are paid 20% less than men, and that pervasive discounting of their value can undermine their self-confidence and prevent them from reaching their full potential. King was right—as the richest country in the world, America has a responsibility to do better. 

WomenArts is pleased to join the USDAC and other #RevolutionOfValues partners in calling artists, creative organizers, and allies to take part in this day of creative action on April 4th! 

OUR ACTION

Please check the WomenArts website for songs to sing that have won the SWAN Day Song Contest. If you feel inspired to share your performance, upload audio or video to social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—with the hashtags #WomenArts #RevolutionOfValues, and #USDAC.