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Voices from the front lines of GLIDE’s efforts serving those in need and advocating for change.

Sep 25, 2020

Something’s cooking!

San Francisco teen and GLIDE volunteer finds a creative way to support her community from home

With so much going on in the world right now, many of us wonder how we can step up to meet this moment, while keeping ourselves and our communities safe. One San Francisco teenager and longtime GLIDE volunteer creatively navigated these uncertain times and, in the process, raised much needed funds for GLIDE programs...

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Aug-19-2020

Alabama Pilgrimage

A personal journey through collective history, toward a racial justice practice by Chris Dowd      Immediately after I returned from this year’s GLIDE-led justice pilgrimage to Alabama, social distancing was in full effect. Suddenly, despite the powerful memories I carried, my period of guided reflection about race in America felt overshadowed by our global health emergency....


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Jul-31-2020

Beloved Community

The nonviolent resister must often express his protest through noncooperation or boycotts, but noncooperation and boycotts are not ends themselves; they are merely means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent. The end is redemption and reconciliation. The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of...


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Jul-17-2020

An Opportunity for Racial Justice: Truth and Reconciliation

In the midst of these unprecedented times, GLIDE’s Officer and a Mensch program and annual Alabama pilgrimage explore what truly compassionate human interactions and racial justice should look like. These two programs endeavor to address deep systemic inequities through immersive dialogue with history and by developing partnerships and allies among people working inside the criminal...


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Jul-15-2020

George 5:1-13: A Sermon

By Minister Marvin K. White Mark 5: 1-13 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and...


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Jul-09-2020

Wake Up, People!

Lisa Pelletier-Ross, a beloved staff member at GLIDE, serving as a trusted Community Safety Team Shift Lead, shares her reflections and grief during these exceptionally challenging times that demand justice, humanity and an end to the teaching of hatred and fear that fuels the brutality of bigotry and racism. We are so grateful for her...


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Jul-01-2020

Our Neighbors Need Your Support!

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard and the financial impact will be felt long after the virus has left. The Hospitality Industry is just one of many that has been hit especially hard with so many local restaurants closing and food service workers losing their jobs. This is a time for the community to come together. We would like to offer support to our partners in their time of need, just as they have supported GLIDE so many times over the years....


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Jun-26-2020

Community values, community priorities

Updates from GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice An important step forward for public healthOn June 23, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation authored by Mayor London Breed and District Six Supervisor Matt Haney—and supported by a broad coalition of service providers, including GLIDE—which establishes a permitting program for health providers to open...


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Jun-25-2020

The time for radical inclusivity is now

This weekend’s Pride celebrations will be unlike any other–they will mostly be virtual. Amid the global pandemic, the most profound social upheaval since the 1960s, we reflect on the origins of the LGBTQ liberation movement and GLIDE’s historical support of LGBTQ communities, including LGBTQ communities of color. Since the early 1960s, GLIDE has embraced the demand...


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Jun-19-2020

“We Are Here for You”

GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center staff support families through exceptionally challenging times Despite needing to temporarily pause all on-site programming, GLIDE’s Family Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) has been busy supporting its families in ways tailored to the particular challenges—and increasing need—brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. From the first days of the shelter-in-place...


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