United We Stand: 7 Steps to Healthy Border & Immigration Systems

By Earth Walk

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Our is dream to live in a world where our common humanity is more important than our designated citizenry, personal identity, or heritage.

We've all heard the news lately: Kids in cages. Families separated at our borders. People dying on a quest for a better life. Citizens shot on the streets and treated unfairly because of the color of their skin.

It's time to create a wholesome solution. One that gets to the roots of these issues in our own hearts, in our relationships, and in how we engage with all people.

The United We Stand Campaign is designed to create healthy borders, immigration, and human relations systems through a new practice of love and peace in action.

This is a movement about love.

It’s a movement that asks, “How do we hold each other with love while at the same time honoring our boundaries?”

You can join us!

Our 15-month campaign includes 7 Steps and 40 Core Global Events that will peak next year with Hands Along the Borders.

For that event, on 10/10/2020, we’re inviting millions of people to hold hands along borders and other zones of conflict and trauma around the world, with a special focus on the US/Mexico border.

At all of our events, we’re inviting the world to step into a different way of being together — a new practice of love in action.

Join us in a sacred process of shifting how we relate to each other.

Together we can heal the world.

What We Have Accomplished So Far:

1. Articulate the Vision — COMPLETE

Learn more by reading our latest vision document (PDF).

2. Gather a Global Alliance of leaders and organizations to support the vision — IN PROGRESS

We intend to gather thousands of allies and partners around the world. Our current list of supporting allies & partners include:

We are currently in conversations with a number of additional organizations to join this Global Alliance.

3. Convene events leading up to ‘Hands Along the Border’ — IN PROGRESS

So far, we have hosted 3 of our 40 Core Global Events and 3 regional events.

COMPLETED Core Events:

  • September 21, 2019 - OFFICIAL LAUNCH - On the U.N.'s International Day of Peace, we officially launched the campaign with a program exploring the mission, vision and steps of the campaign in more detail, with special guests and announcements. As a symbolic gesture, we ceremonially planted four human beings knee-deep into the Earth, in holes later used for the planting of four trees. Each person represented the four symbolic directions of humanity, who share the four quadrants of this Earth together. The concept was to paint the picture, and set the intention, that all the ways of humanity share all the parts of the Earth, with love and care, while being deeply connected to this Earth for which we all share, and all the creatures upon it. The ceremony was live streamed; watch the video here.
  • October 10, 2019 - ENVISIONING THE FUTURE - Exactly a year before the ‘Hands Along the Border’ event we gathered online with a live broadcast (video replay here) to do a collective envisioning process of what is to come, with interaction online sessions, speakers and entertainers, helping to ground the vision into this world. It was an extremely powerful event. You can learn more about that event at our Facebook event page.
  • November 11, 2019 - INAUGURAL PEACE CONVERGENCE - In Washington, D.C., on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his 'I have a dream' speech, we gathered with powerful movement leaders from various communities. Part ceremony, part workshop, part co-created experiment, the free gathering on 11/11 rang a bell inviting people all around the world to join us in a new dream — a process of healing our struggles with borders, immigration, and human relations. Watch the livestream replay here.

UPCOMING Core Events:

  • December 18th, 2019 - WORLD MIGRANTS DAY STORYTELLING POTLUCK - In San Diego, CA, we are hosting an evening of heartfelt connection, as we celebrate the universal theme of migration through storytelling, art, live music, fun guided activities, and sharing culture through food. December 18 is designated by the United Nations as International Migrants Day. In an era of pain and division around the issue of immigration, we gather to remember that everyone has a story of migration somewhere in their personal or ancestral history. We invite the community to come share their personal stories, both by bringing a dish from a culture they want to honor and by telling their family’s migration story, and listening to those of others. We will also be facilitating some short activities to further engage with the topic, and each other. You can learn more at our Facebook event page.
  • December 21, 2019 - ENTERING THE LABYRINTH - Also in San Diego, we are hosting a Solstice Labyrinth Walk exploring the topic of borders and boundaries. At this event, we will honor the Solstice and set intentions for the upcoming year with a potent and powerful ceremony and playshop on the beach. For those who choose, this day will initiate a sacred healing pilgrimage to a border, or other place of conflict and trauma, in solidarity with other pilgrims and migrants around the world, as a part of our journey to our pinnacle event on 10/10/2020: 'Hands Along the Borders', with a main focus on the US/Mexico border. Learn more about the event at our Facebook event page.

For more detail on any of these events visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uwspilgrimage

4. ‘Hands Along the Border’ gathering on 10/10/2020 - PLANNING STAGES

5. Integration, Replication, Celebration - PLANNING STAGES

For more details on this read our most recent Vision Document edition.

We Need Your Help

To take this movement to the next level, we need to move beyond our own funds, which have been fueling it thus far, and begin to ask others to jump into the river with us.

We are looking to raise $33,333 to help kickstart this movement. Your generous contributions will support:

  • Upgrading our website to support the full 'Hands Along the Border' registration process we've envisioned, while serving as our primary platform for engagement overall, and the massive spreading of our mission and vision.
  • Professional help in key areas such as fundraising, sponsorship, partnership building, accounting, and team cohesion.
  • Travel funds for our team members to help spread the word through events and other partner/participant building activities.
  • Travel funds to convene wise elders, movement builders, social influencers, youth activists and beyond, at our various gatherings - folks like Mekasi Camp-Horinek (lead organizer of the Standing Rock NoDAPL Protests), Rennie Davis (a lead anti-war organizer from the 1960s and one of the Chicago 7), Casey Camp-Horinek (a world-renowned environmental activist and indigenous grandmother)
  • Event costs including stage, security, sound, medical help, tables, traffic control, barricades, chairs, videography, photographers, live-stream tech support, digital screen for speakers' presentations, printing, marketing, etc.
  • Promotional material including fliers, business cards, vision pamphlets, etc.
  • And more!

There is hope.

This is possible.

But only if we all work together.

Please donate today, and show the world that... United We Stand.

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Team Members

Tzadik HaNachash

Gabrielle Rubin

Jesse Shaffer

Rachel Zurer

Tomo Albanese