If the recent election taught me anything, it's that passionate people who organize around a common, inspiring vision are unstoppable. The re-election of President Barack Obama illustrated the power of fired up, ordinary folks against the influence of heavily financed and deeply entrenched special interests. We've seen it throughout history.
This fundraising campaign is very personal for me. It's my way of honoring all those who have sacrificed, those who have come before me to pave the way for the life I live today, the freedoms I enjoy, the endless possibilities for a life of abundance. I'm asking you to support this organization in any way you can.
Many of us have traditional “9-5 jobs” or family responsibilities that prevent us from traveling the country with picket signs, banging on the doors of political officials and organizing rallies. But, we all have the opportunity to lift up those who do.
On April 4, 2008, Barack Obama, speaking on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, said:
"Dr. King once said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. It bends toward justice, but here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own way put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice ...."
Putting our hand on that arc means taking action, organizing, and advocating to make progressive change happen. That's the mission of stone circles at The Stone House -- to strengthen and sustain those working for transformation and justice.
I've finally found a way of bending the arc that honors who I am -- someone who wants to make a meaningful contribution to the efforts frontline activists make on my behalf.
I joined the Board of stone circles at The Stone House back in 2011 to contribute my resources, skills, energy and love to an organization so critical to justice and progressive change. Since it began, stone circles at The Stone House has welcomed over 6,600 people:
- 116 frontline activists and organizers have found refuge free of charge through our SOUL Sanctuary program;
- 500 people have learned new skills for transformative leadership, food justice, and strategic action;
- 4,116 people from 97 organizations have come for retreat, respite, radical hospitality, spiritual practice;
- More than 350 people have attended our land-based and stewardship programs.
Your tax deductible donation will help us provide scholarships and free retreats, maintain and expand our facilities to host larger groups, and sustainably steward and grow food on the incredible 70 acres that is The Stone House. And, it will ensure that The Stone House will continue to exist as a vital community resource for years to come.
Visit www.stonecircles.org to see the powerful work this organization is doing and thanks in advance for your tax-deductible donation.