Time is moving differently. The pandemic is asking us to reflect on our own ways of looking at the world and how these perspectives have served us or created challenges for us in the past. It's undoubtedly a growth period for Audre Lorde Project's staff, members, and board.
We are asking questions, like, how do we gather safely? How do we keep each other safe and connected in this isolating time? How can we adapt to this new landscape of movement building and political education? What are we doing to build resilience in this moment? How can this era teach us about our own roles in building movements, creating solutions, and participating safely, in resistance? Who is this crisis turning us into? How is it strengthening us? What is it showing us about ourselves as individuals and as communities who are most impacted by long-standing systems of structural oppression that become most obvious in times of crisis? These are the questions we're asking ourselves at ALP, as we turn the bend on six months of pandemic life.
The season is changing. We have had months of isolation and reflection. The definition of safe space is being transformed, just like our lives. The steps we have been taking as an organization mirror the trajectory of the pandemic. We are gathering forces internally in strengthening our ability to work together remotely and efficiently, or safely in public and shared space. We've been putting together programming and offerings for the digital space and mapping out new ways to create synchrony and connectivity during what is possibly the most challenging moment in our organization's history. The obvious direction is to take it as an opportunity to adapt, and that is exactly what is happening.
ALP's staff has been participating in online coursework to empower our individual digital skill sets in preparation for fall and winter. These when these modalities will become more important than ever for us to continue to organize and strengthen our communities. We are standing at a turning point in our organization's narrative, and that's why this newsletter has more questions than answers in it.
The last two months have been full of experiments, learning, and realigning ourselves internally for the work ahead. Typically we would be preparing for Bed-Stuy Pride at this time of year, instead we're improving our digital skill sets and coming up with strategies for meeting our members and community where they are during a global pandemic.
How can we heal ourselves and each other in accessible ways? How can we gather without being able to share a room? How can we learn and teach without feeling at risk? How can we change the world without leaving our homes? These are just some of the questions we're asking as the season shifts.