WHY DEEP STATE?
Across America, forces are threatening to divide us. People don’t feel safe. People feel scared to speak their truth, to join the wrong group, to confess ignorance or uncertainty.
In the face of this fear, we still feel motivated to take a stand for each other. Hundreds and thousands of us are showing up -- whether marching in the streets or writing letters -- to stand with others who are also feeling confused, hurt and anxious to make some kind of tangible difference to the racial and social injustices we face. However, even in the midst of our marches, vigils and events, we often find ourselves only having the same discussions with our same friends.
So many of us want to get involved but aren't sure what our roles should be. How do I as a Asian American straight man engage in the reality of Anti-Blackness and struggle? How do I as a white queer woman stand humbly and bravely in the indigenous struggle? How can I as a black woman share safely about the stories I face on a daily basis in the broad movement of all women in our country? How do we understand those working with us -- the people we see marching with and for our communities?
What if you could take a step beyond your typical circles, beyond our conclusions, and gain a greater sense of the struggles of other people and communities -- in a safe, inclusive and intersectional space? What if you could learn how to participate effectively and humbly in the movements of others, especially when you're just starting out?
At Deep State, we are offering a weekend to help each other answer these questions and find support in this journey into social and political action.
Through workshops, talks, and relationship building experiences, you'll build both our knowledge and our commitment to the community of social action. You'll learn how to share our own stories, and how to connect who we are -- where you come from, your values, your experiences -- with the battles at hand. And you'll learn the necessary skills to intervene effectively.
Most importantly, though, you’ll learn about the people around you and the common values you share. We don't have time for division amongst ourselves in this political moment. We are inviting you into a space to listen with humility, engage out of compassion and empathy, and explore together what it means to be an active citizen in these challenging times. And hopefully return to the world with a deeper sense of why social engagement matters to you, and how you can participate.
Deep State is a co-created, volunteer-run effort. Tell us about yourself here if you want to get involved!
Committees of organizations and individuals from activism and social justice organizations from across New York (program, operations, volunteer, experience, ambassadors) have come together to help support and make Deep State a reality.
Ginger Albertson, City Team Lead and Operations, Indivisible Brooklyn
Nick Benacerraf, Co-Artistic Director, The Assembly Theater Project
Michaela Bethune, Director of Campaigns, DoSomething
Dinorah Cantu, Academy Coaching Programs, The Governance Lab at NYU
Rebecca Davis, Founder, Rally & Rise
Sarah Fishbein, VP, SEIU Pennsylvania
Claire Gailey, NY Organizing Director, Code Blue
Laura Galindez, Integrative Health Navigator at UPenn
Sneha Goud, Contributor, Brown Girl Magazine
Ayisha Irfan, Co-Founder, Muslim Writers Collective
Jamal Johnson, Co-Director, Everyday Justice
Kerri Kelly, Founder, CTZNWELL
Hannah Lane, Strategist, ThoughtWorks
Sonya Reynolds, Data Director, New York Civic Engagement Table
Miss Sabado, DJ / Producer, Intersection Dance Party
James Vaughan, Software Developer, Thoughtworks
Saron Yitzbarek, Founder, Code Newbie