Statement of Solidarity

To our network of supporters:

Today is a monumental moment of history, a day that will undoubtedly bring about immense change i our world. 2nd Story as bee in heated dialogue about what this means for our small (and mighty) organization. What we have arrived at is: we can no longer operate as if ‘business as usual’ is anywhere close to dequate. 2nd Story has always created a space where people can share and deeply listen to each other’s stories. This is why we exist.

e strive to be a community that is warm and welcoming and inclusive, that supports individuals to tell their own stories from their own point of view, so that we can all live richer and more empathetic lives.  We know that for many people, the election in November and the Inauguration today open the door to a world even more fraught an uncertain than before, and at 2nd Story we believe we have a firm obligation to double down on our commitment to use the art of storytelling to create opportunities for hearts and minds to chang.

We believe that we are not alone in our desire to connect more fully with the humans around us, and if sharing stories with each other can do anything, surely it can help us connect to people that feel foreign to us, to help us understand that we are all in this together, that our oppression is intertwined---our strength is in our solidarity.

n the coming month and years, we invite you to join us in our efforts to amplify the work that we are doing to counteract the overt racism, homophobia, sexism, and xenophobia that have been the calling cards of the incoming administration.  Here are some of the things that we plan to do, shared through the lens of our Core Values: Craft, Courage, and Inclusion. 

We are committed to the craft of storytelling. In upcoming months, we will be creating space where we can actively apply this craft to leverage our individual stories towards inquiry and action. We are committed to crafting stories that challenge our own preconceptions, because we are all in this together and the only way out (that we can see) is via acts of radical empathy. 

We are committed to employing our courage. takes courage o share our persona stories with each othe  It also take courage to deeply listen to a story that offers a critique of ourselves and really allow that story to do its work on our hearts and souls.  Stories can create change, but only if we have the courage to allow that change to happen. Good people can no longer be silent; change will only happen if we use our courage to stand up, speak up, show up.  

We are committed to creating an environment that is inclusive for all. We have already taken steps (oving into a space that is ADA accessible, proudly displaying a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign in our window, and much more), but we ecogniz that ‘inclusion’ is not merely a buzz word. We must craft a space, both physical and metaphorical, where everyone can be included.  This is the mission of 2nd Story; this is what we need to do in the United States of America.

Of course, there is so much to be done. The work does not stop, and neither will we. We invite you, our community, to inform us, shape us, and teach us. e will be rolling out new programming in the next few months, and invite you to help us make this happen. What is the change that you want to see? ow will you participate?  ur doors our open and we are ready to listen.