(June News) As Room One staff takes on learning from the Poor People’s Campaign this summer and Kelly and Elana participate in state-wide discussions about the future of the domestic violence movement, a strong message is emerging from both spaces -- social movements have at their core a shared bold purpose: a future where we live in beloved community, where all have enough, and we can truly thrive. Our strength as movements, as organizations, as communities, is at our intersection. We are stronger together.
Years ago, we heard concerns about “mission drift,” a practice that pulls you from your purpose. We know now that movements connecting to and aligning with each other is not mission drift, it is a strategy to make our missions infinitely stronger and more influential. For example, changing the conditions that enable violence involves economic mobility for our poorest neighbors, healthcare that allows people to take care of their needs without financial risk, and childcare that is available during the entirety of a work day and does not put childrens’ well-being at risk . All of these movements (childcare, economic development, housing, environmental justice, and more) are not only dependent on each others’ success, but multiply in strength and possibility when they work collaboratively toward a shared purpose.
At times our amazing partner organizations may lead the way, at times Room One will lead, but where there’s intersection with the most vulnerable within our community, and strategies that lead us to a rural valley where all thrive, Room One will step up to add our voice and align our support.