- September 22- Kitchen Cabinet Meeting online from 6-8 PM. Join us to plan future TimeBank activities, get updates on what is going on, and coordinate activities with our partners. If you have a project you’d like to integrate with TimeBanking this is a great place to talk about that! You can join at this Zoom link or call 1 312 626 6799 with Meeting ID 885 5354 6764 and passcode 774990
Police brutality and mass incarceration are antithetical to the core principles and values that TimeBanking is founded on. TimeBanking was popularized after the publication of No More Throw Away People by Edgar Cahn. Cahn writes about the way that the money economy regards certain groups of people- those that are unemployed, disabled, elders, children- as “throw away people” and says that in order to heal our society we have to create an economy that values everyone. We can add Black people and other people of color, immigrants, and “criminals” to that list of people considered by some to be disposable, and the system of incarceration, deportation, and police brutality to be the way that we separate them out from the rest of society.
Grounded in our TimeBanking principles (listed below), Unity in Our Community affirms that Black Lives Matter. We will continue our work along with many others to find ways beyond incarceration and policing to create true community safety and racial justice.
TimeBank Core Principles (and their relevance to racial justice and moving beyond our current justice system)
- People are Assets: When we lock people up in prisons or detention centers we devalue them. When we assume someone is dangerous or a criminal because of their skin color, the country they are from, how they talk, and how they dress- we devalue them.
- Redefining Work: If we truly value people’s contributions to our society, beyond their current market value, we would eliminate the poverty which drives much of what is considered “crime” by society. We also need to define work in a way where those that are peacemakers and peacekeepers in society are valued just as highly, if not more so, than those that perpetrate war and violence.
- Reciprocity: No one is a taker or a giver, we all have needs and we all have something to offer. Likewise people’s identities cannot be “cop,” “illegal,” or “criminal”- like giver and taker these labels are changeable and constructed by society.
- Social Network: We all need each other, we cannot wall ourselves. We are seeing this in the current public health crisis as well as in our criminal justice system. Since our fates are all bound up together anyway, rather than locking some people up or segregating ourselves from people and places that we consider dangerous, we need to work together to create systems that keep everyone safe and healthy.
- Respect: Every human being deserves respect. You cannot respect people in a society where assumptions are made that criminalize people based on their skin color, the country they are from, how they talk, and how they dress. It is also deeply disrespectful to use violence against people who are speaking and gathering in a nonviolent way. Black people deserve the respect that our society too often denies them.
We have had a ton of interest in TimeBanking since the start of the pandemic. We love that in a scary time of crisis folks are turning to community and solidarity more than ever.
As a result we have scheduled several upcoming orientations to hopefully meet everyone’s schedule. If you can’t make any of these times, let us know and we’ll find a time that does work. All of these orientations will be via Zoom, we will be using screenshare so if you can use a computer as opposed to a phone that will be easiest. If you need help with the technology give me a call at 313-451-0135
June 1 at 6 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84773900718
June 2 at 8 AM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84939033054
June 3 at 3 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88306954442
June 4 at 9 AM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87074646404
It is almost the end of 2019- and time to consider your year end giving.
We want to encourage you all to consider the TimeBank in your giving plans- and invite your friends and family to give as well. Just a donation of $20 is a huge help!