In commemoration of this week’s Thanksgiving holiday, we’ll be sharing reflections from the team at the Ella Baker Center about thankfulness all this week. Ella’s Voice continued the series engaging folks with the theme of What makes you thankful about the community/communities that you are a part of?
- In my circles, I am so grateful for the love -- the genuine love. There is much to be disappointed about or even be scared of... but the love amongst the people in my community is undeniable and appreciated. -- Abel Habtegeorgis
I generally try to avoid shopping after about November 15th. Huge crowds tend to make me claustrophobic and I get overheated so easily in big stores. Growing up Jewish in a smaller town, inevitably leaves you a little pre-determined to react at least somewhat skeptically to huge numbers of Santas, trees and angels. And something about the commercialism of the “holiday season” brings out my inner Scrooge.
Below are some images from the Oscar Grant Youth Town Hall on 11/12/10 that created buzz and interest among young people in Oakland around the over enforcement in communities of color.
"The most impacted people should always resist the forces around them that do not support their ability to thrive. Youth leadership on any issue is a form of resistance and a much needed reminder that our hearts can beat at a deeper rhythm." Crystallee Crain, Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Heal the Streets Fellowship.
In commemoration of this week's Thanksgiving holiday, we'll be sharing reflections from the team at the Ella Baker Center about thankfulness all this week. Ella's Voice continued the series by asking folks Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our ancestors and the freedom fighters that came before us; when you think of them what are you thankful for?