Beloved UFE community,
It is with great sorrow and fond memories that we share that frequent UFE collaborator and close friend Elandria C. Williams has transitioned to ancestor at the age of 41.
Elandria's impact on the movement for economic and racial justice cannot be understated. We are so grateful that we were able to connect and collaborate with Elandria on many occasions. We are grieving and we are grateful for Elandria’s spirit, energy and vision.
Elandria was the proud Executive Director and trainer at the PeoplesHub, a grassroots training organization that UFE has collaborated with and will continue to in the future. We wanted to share their words for our Beloved Elandria, and ask that if possible you join us in supporting their mission in Elandria's memory.
Doing this kind of work there are many people that touch your life, but Elandria touched my soul. There are few people like that, and I am thankful to have known them. They will forever be with me. Elendria PRESENTE!
In love and community,
PS: Please read the full statement from PeoplesHub in the Facebook post below--
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Two of our staff, Sara Sargent and Mike Lapham, have recorded a video about the pledge. Click through to watch!Read more
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Rest in peace, rest in power, Congressman John Lewis.
He will be missed. He's been an inspiration to millions, and will continue to be for generations to come. We celebrate his lifelong commitment and love for justice.
The recording of a webinar we recently hosted on behalf of Mark McDermott, a former UFE board member and labor educator, is now available!Read more
We're working to build and sustain movements for economic, racial, and gender justice. We're side-by-side with frontline leaders, building a world that provides real health and safety for all, using popular education to unpack how our economy is sustained through systems of racism, criminalization and anti-Blackness, and using healing justice to address ongoing trauma. In times of physical distancing, we are working hard to make tools and resources available.
Click above for stories of how we partner with movements and ways we might work together...
Dear UFE Family,
Take a deep breath with us. Inhale... Exhale...
This is a hard moment we are in. Not only are we being called to acknowledge the violence and racism woven into the very fabric of this country’s founding, we are being called by all those who have been targeted to imagine a just world.
Imagine with us...Read more
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Register now for our upcoming online event series Getting Through Economic Downturns Together. During previous crisis, people from different walks of life gathered in solidarity to create real solutions for themselves and their communities. From organizing and advocacy, to mutual aid networks and worker cooperatives, people around the globe have formed lasting solutions at great odds. What can today’s movements learn from how our ancestors built and resisted?Read more
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