Big Ideas

An Historic Opportunity for Black & Indigenous Land Liberation

An Historic Opportunity for Black & Indigenous Land Liberation

The Movement for Black Lives and the Water Protectors at Standing Rock have punctured public consciousness in recent years, calling for deeper recognition of the historical theft of land, dignity, and agency of sacred places and people across this continent by white colonizers, including the Catholic Church.

Sisters are already deeply involved in movements to right these wrongs by joining in solidarity with these movements. How might conversations about the future of sacred spaces relate to opportunities for reconciliation and reparations with Black, Indigenous, and other historically oppressed communities?

A Sacred Spaces Stabilization Trust

A Sacred Spaces Stabilization Trust

One form of trust that has sparked our imagination is the Community Arts Stabilization Fund of Oakland, California, which combines education and training for cultural and arts nonprofits facing closure with long-term investments, to urgently save as many vital community spaces as possible in the rapidly escalating property market and permanently protect them from the speculative market.

What would it look like to create a similar “emergency stabilization fund” to meet and support sister sites in this critical moment of transition?