The Show And Fuel Empathy (SAFE) Project

Lori Walters Art

Lori Walters Art

28 days of spreading kindness + rejecting hate.

What it is:

  • 28 days of small but tangible acts of kindness as a form of protest.*
  • A closed group where we can share ideas, experiences, and personal stories.
  • An opportunity to practice showing up, using your voice, and deciding how and where in your daily life and local community you CAN make a difference.
  • A safe place to come be seen, heard, and held.

What it isn’t:

  • An invitation to political debate or defensiveness.
  • A solution.
  • An end-point.
  • A chance to be right, superior, or self-righteous.
  • A replacement for additional forms of protest and action.

Who is invited:

  • Those who feel frightened, discouraged, silenced, or unsure of what to do next.
  • Those who feel grounded, clear, strong, and are seeking community.
  • Those who want to truly listen and learn from each other.
  • Those for whom small acts of kindness are a way of life — or want them to be.
  • Those who believe in and back the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBT rights and equality, safety for our Muslim sisters and brothers, and an America where there is no place for hateful acts.
  • Those who want to speak out against normalizing hate, in the workplace, at school, in your neighborhood, and with your online community. In other words, everywhere.
  • Those who refuse to let hate win.

How it will work:

When you sign up, you’ll be added to a closed, participant-only Facebook group. At the beginning of each week,  I’ll offer quotes, questions, poems, and inquiries for you to ponder, digest, and act on. From there, you will be welcome to simply share as your days unfold. This will not be a highly structured experience, but rather one that will emphasize true stories, organic connection, spontaneity, and the daily practice of being a kind human. You can check in as much or as little as you like.

What are some examples of “tangible acts of kindness”?

  • Donating your time if you are a practitioner of a healing art (massage, reiki, coaching)
  • Checking on an elderly neighbor
  • Paying it forward for the person behind you in line
  • Giving money to a homeless person without questioning their motives
  • Inviting a homeless person to come into a store, cafe, or restaurant with you and buying them a needed item or meal
  • Holding the door for a stranger, looking someone in the eye, and saying hello
  • Leaving an anonymous treat on a co-worker’s desk
  • Making conversation with a stranger who might feel unsafe
  • Calling out racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, or otherwise derogatory comments or threatening actions — even if your voice shakes
  • Buy some extra chocolates, even if you went to pick up just the milk

*How does this make the world safer, and how is kindness a form of protest?

Here’s what my wife says: “The world is safer when we’re connecting in small ways over everyday things.” I couldn’t agree more. As for protest: Insisting on, embodying, and enacting respect and kindness for ALL people, no matter where in the world you live, is a way to oppose the normalization of hate, something that we are already seeing is not only likely but certain in Trump’s America.

When:

February 1-28, 2017.

How Much:

This is a labor of love for me, because one of my passions and purposes in being here on the planet is connecting with people and building community. I also really like feeding my kids and I am my family’s primary breadwinner.

All of that is to say: Pay what you can. Simply go to Paypal.com or use the button below and enter the amount you can and wish to pay. I will donate a percentage of what I earn from this group to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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