Hey y'all, JV here! I'm hoping that you are doing well! I just wanted to pop in at the top of this update to let you know that we've got some various things coming up in the next few months. The easiest way to keep in touch and join our groups is to do the following two things:
I hope this information helps you stay in touch with us! If you need additional assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to JV@multiculturalbridge.org.
This past week, we witnessed violence and more domestic terrorism against Asian Americans and women in it the Atlanta shootings. We commit to our sustained solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islanders and all marginalized, oppressed and terrorized groups.
As an organization dedicated to race equity and Justice, we commit to ending cycles of physical emotional and psychological violence through Education and Training alongside active and engaged disruption. Please join us. Sign these stop hate pledges and recommit to being a positive bystander.
Actions: Sign the national stop AAPI hate pledge in alignment with commitment: https://stopaapihate.org
Sign the local pledge: Not In Our County
Some folks have decided to donate their Stimulus Checks to BRIDGE, which is greatly appreciated. Here is some testimony from these people.
When I got my first stimulus check, I decided to donate most of it to local nonprofits, including BRIDGE. As an anti-poverty worker, I've seen firsthand how badly many folks in our community are struggling and how much help is needed, and I wanted to use that money to give some extra help to someone who needed it more than I did. COVID has highlighted how deeply interwoven we are with everyone else in our communities - if we want to succeed we have to look out for one another, not just ourselves. That goes for how we use our resources just as much as how well we follow precautions to prevent the virus. COVID has also highlighted the systemic racism in our society, and who gets left behind and suffers the most when times get tough. BRIDGE is deeply connected with the communities of color and immigrants who are among our most vulnerable folks, and I was happy to support BRIDGE's efforts to reach, engage, and support these communities. BRIDGE's work has made an enormous difference in helping keep these families safe and stable through the pandemic. When I receive my next stimulus check, I plan to donate again to support this critical work, and I hope you will as well! If we can stand together as a county and those of us who have a little to spare can help those who need it the most, we'll come out of COVID as a stronger, more connected, and more just community!
Tim & Lily Ellis:
My family decided to donate our stimulus check because there's no better way for us to 'spend' that money and support our community. COVID is stretching an already fractured social service network even thinner. Plus, not everyone is eligible to receive a stimulus check due to immigration status or other factors--and often the people who are left out are the same folks who are excluded from other social services, and are at greater risk. But BRIDGE remains true to its mission, no matter what--during the pandemic, BRIDGE pivoted to providing food, resources and care for hundreds of people throughout the county. As someone who works in public health, I'm confident that by listening and responding to the needs of vulnerable families with care and humility, BRIDGE has helped to keep people healthier--keep our entire Berkshire community healthier--and save lives.
We would like to highlight our Food Sovereignty and Sustainability Program.
More information located here.
Connect with BRIDGE this month! Visit our events section for upcoming events.