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I believe this comes from David Hawkens’ book “Power Versus Force”: A group of people can be shifted by a smaller subset. The number required to make change is 10% of the square root of the larger group. If we reverse that equation and just use the number of people on site, 1,500 is 10% of 15,000 and 15,000 squared is 225,000,000. We have affected 225 million people (at a minimum) this weekend!!!
Marianne, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Coming to Sister Giant was my 60th Birthday present to myself and I am leaving feeling fulfilled, motivated, excited and hopeful. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, faith, knowledge and friends with us. I will never be the same. Blessings!
An amazing weekend! Thanks to all the speakers, Marianne & Derrick. Listening to my calling and standing in confidence with so much love, information & faith. Wondering if those amazing story boards will be made available in some form, either printed or digital? I’d love to have a set for inspiration & to take back to my women’s circles at home. Shout out to Emily Marlo!
The program was extraordinary – a thousand times better than the “great” I imagined when I signed up.
Would love to hear more of Will Witherspoon’s music. Where might i find that?
A deep bow of gratitude to you. Humbled. Frightened. Empowered. United.
Thank you Marianne & team for all the thoughtfulness & hard work that you put into this weekend. I could feel the love every single second. I was just reflecting on my journal from the last few weeks and was surprised to see how incredibly scattered and frantic my entries were compared to how I feel now.. Thank you for helping us to see that we are the people we’ve been waiting for.
Thank you from a 62 year old nurse married to a Presbyterian pastor from Wisconsin. Sister Giant 2017 was spectacular. The speakers were all high quality, inspired, informed, and thought provoking. Thank you for equipping us for the work ahead. Sending you peace, love, and gratitude from both of us.
To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised
Against injustice, ignorance, and lust,
The inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak again
To right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God,
No vested power in this great day and land
Can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry
Loud disapproval of existing ills;
May criticise oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and childbearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.
Therefore I do protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land.
Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link.
Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the mother bears no burden, save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.
Elle wheeler Wilcox
Written before the First World War during the women’s suffragette battle
Maria Popova recently featured this poem on her Brain Pickings–and a haunting recording by Amanda Palmer set to original new music by Jherek Bischoff–calling it an “anthem for our time.” https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/01/31/protest-poem-ella-wheeler-wilcox-amanda-palmer/
Just returning home from the inspiring, challenging, eye opening, and energizing three days of Sister Giant! I want to extend my gratitude to Marianne, Derek, all of our incredible speakers, and tireless crew for creating this amazing experience and weekend of compassionate community for all of us! With a journal full of notes, new friends and contacts, and armed with information and tools to “Get to work!” – I am engaging, and using my gifts as an artist to use my voice. My response is my new venture – Mend America! It is artful designs of shirts, jewelry and art prints with a positive, love-filled message of unity and solidarity to encourage is to stand up, unite, and do our part to fight against injustice and protect our country. 100% of proceeds are going to support organizations on the front lines of the resistance including the Sierra Club, ACLU, Clean Water Action, Our Revolution and Vermont Rights and Democracy. Please take a moment to visit my site, read what it is all about, check out the blog, and consider purchasing a item knowing the money is going directly to help our fellow sisters and brothers across the country. You can visit our website at http://www.mendamerica.org or find us on Facebook @mendamerica and Instagram! Love and Blessings – Alyssa DeLaBruere Newport, VT
Wanted to share a blog post I write this morning, inspired by Sister Giant
A More Perfect Union
How is a democracy “of the people for the people by the people” protected and sustained? For the first time in my life, in its sixth decade, I am asking this question.
Leaving Sister Giant this weekend, I’m moved to go into deep meditation around questions surrounding our fragile and essential experiment in democracy. I learned more this weekend than I can possibly articulate, which I will be “metabolizing” over the next weeks. But what is most apparent to me is this:
Our democracy is sick. It is barely surviving on life support. And if we don’t act quickly and intelligently, it will be lost.
It is not Donald Trump that has caused this – he merely rode the incoming wave of forces that have been meticulously cultivated over many decades.
What do I do about it? Yes, like you I suspect, I’ve been signing petitions, marching, making donations to social justice organizations like the ACLU, and spending half my waking hours on Facebook and Twitter.
Marianne Williamson, in her seemingly infinite intelligence and wisdom, challenged us to go beyond the question of “what do I do?” To understand the original vision of our founding fathers. To understand the forces at work since that time that have sought to block human liberty, deny equality, and restrict human freedoms. And to consider our own complicity in these processes.
What? Me complicit? A nice, White upper middle class Jersey girl who minds her own business?
That’s exactly right – too much minding my own business. I was born into most advantages: a “very good” public school, a 5-bedroom home on one wooded acre, a swimming pool, and the “choice” to work at age 17 so that I could make more trips to the Monmouth Mall.
Growing up and as a young adult, I was “bored” by the topics of civics, history, and government. Music, math, science, psychology and religion were much more interesting to me. My Dad told me I could succeed at any career, be anything I wanted to be. So I ignored the subjects I thought were boring, abstaining from such courses in college and grad school. Even as I grew older, I paid ZERO attention to local politics, and little attention to national politics – I didn’t like the “negative energy” surrounding politics, and judged our public servants as “not intelligent enough” to be worthy of my attention and discourse – I’ll stick with my university crowd, thank you very much.
As the national divisions (red/blue, right/left) grew stronger in the 90’s, I felt the rift in my own extended family and grieved for the now strained relationships that were once sources of ease and love. I prayed that these family members would see reason and find their way back to the Christian-based values on which they had based their lives. I even indulged in the self-serving thought that older members of my family were in cognitive decline, causing their willingness to tolerate political leaders who promoted intolerance, homophobia, racism, and sexism while seeking to weaken gun safety laws and environmental protections.
My inclinations throughout my adult life have been to build family and community ties (shout out to the Oberlin community for the experience and utopian vision of what is possible). And yet, the communities I’ve sought to build and strengthen have been among like-minded, artistic, and “educated” people. I’ve never extended this focus beyond my own comfort zone or to the civic level – to everyone within a town or region, or to supporting and working for the laws that support a community life that sustains everyone.
It has never crossed my mind until now that democracy is fragile – perhaps its most fragile since the Civil War – and needs my care.
Since my life began, I have been a very lucky recipient of much that our democracy has offered – public education, free speech, freedom of travel and exploration, private property, economic security, safety, and a multicultural society. Other than voting every few years, and a few days of working to “get out the vote”, I have done nothing to care for our democracy. I have paid no attention to local or state politics. I’ve barely read bills that are up for vote. I’ve never attended a town hall or political meeting. In short, I was handed a functioning democracy as a child, and I have done nothing to care for it, keep it healthy, or protect it. I’ve assumed it would always “be here” for me.
My assumption died this past weekend. I am now one of many stepping forward to take care of this democracy we all share. I believe in the “more just and perfect union” and E Pluribus Unum as ideals to strive towards. I will care for our democracy as I care for my own health, my friends and loved ones, my creative work, and the sustainability of our earth. This is an essential foundation of my American life, an essential foundation of all our lives. Having confessed my sin of neglect, I will now work to make amends and do my part to assure the continuance of this precious democratic experiment.
Of the hundreds of things I applaud you for, I’m grateful that the price was not a barrier and seating was open. The spirit of the women was cooperative, collegial, and kind.
Marianne, I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude and pride at what you brought to us this past weekend DC. It was nothing short of electrifying.- absolutely beautiful beyond all expectations. When speaking to others I refer to my experience at Sister Giant as attending “THE FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS OF THE NEW AGE”. I woke up Sunday morning thinking – ‘Where can I hold a commuity meeting?’ For starters I will present a summary of SG at the monthly women’s group in my little metaphysical Church in DC. I am certain that all in attendance at SG will maintain the desire to reach out to our communities and spread the good news that we WILL make miracles happen. Together . Sending love to you, Derrick and your team for a magnificent job.
Does anyone know how to make the watch video replay, play? It is not working.
marianne, i need to say this to you: this weekend changed my perspective. in my personal life, i often feel that i am powerless to succeed at many things. i know this is simply a pattern developed throughout my life that can be overcome but it has been difficult. i see how this affects my feelings that trying to reverse the harm that is coming with this administration is well, hopeless. but this weekend was a gift from you and all the presenters. i found myself rising to the convictions that were being presented and feeling the presence of the multitude of others who are ready to put all their talents to work to make the change that we’d all like to see. i participated by live stream but i made sure to stay with the live presentation as if i were there. i clapped, i shouted, i laughed and sang with your audience and pretended i was there. thank you for this gift!
so far, i don’t see any information saying that you intend to sell dvds or cds of the conference. i’d just like to suggest that it would be a wonderful thing for others who, like myself, are a little lost in the overwhelm of where we are to be able to access the presentations.
and to echo another commenter’s comment–i appreciate that you provided such a stellar conference to the public for such a reasonable cost, both the live and livestream were extremely affordable. thank you marianne for everything!
SisterGiant was encouraging and fortifying. Talked with my sister yesterday who unbeknownst to me voted for Trump. It was upsetting and we weren’t really able to successfully communicate but agreed we love each other and will keep trying. Our values are similar, how did this happen? Staying balanced between the vertical and horizontal is my challenge.
In reading ACIM, this helped. “Salvation is a collaborative venture. It cannot be undertaken successfully by those who disengage themselves from the Sonship, because they are disengaging themselves from me. God will come to you only as you will give Him to your brothers. Learn first of them and you will be ready to hear God. That is because the function of love is one.” ACIM T.4VI.8.2-6.
The folks at Indivisible Guide give you the best practices, from former congressional staffers, for making Congress listen. You can download the guide at the website. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
Marianne ~ I want to send my most sincere gratitude to you, your team, and all of the speakers. The event was inspirational, grounding, informative, humbling, and so much more.
I look forward to all of the collaboration ahead as each one of us human cells remembers our integral role in the whole. I also look forward to Citizen Giant. Namaste to you and to all. ~Sierra
Mary I wold love to hear/read your summary you’re planning to present to your group. I feel I want to tell others but find Im at a loss for words. There was so much that my mind just isn’t able to condense what Sister Giant is all about. I know there is an “About” on the SG page but I am interested in hearing how an attendee would word it. If its convenient and you feel moved to share that would be great and if not then thats OK too 🙂
good words and thoughts Kathy – thank you for putting this out here for us to read 🙂
Mary, for the same reason as Becci, I would also love to hear/read any summary you put together. It could be so helpful for creating a group in my community (where none exists) for creating community/networkers to move forward in the many amazing ways Sister Giant has inspired, awakened and electrified (to quote you) us. I love your comment to Marianne!!
~ Mary Numen
Did you get it?
Hello Marianne: Much gratitude for an engaging and enlivening weekend. Just what we needed!
I have been noodling for weeks on an approach to spiritual activism that is equal parts clear strategy (what I heard so many attendees longing for) and soul nourishment — something that can go the long haul in the resistance, fend off burnout, forge alliances across difference, and support the work of individual and collective transformation. Sister Giant helped crystallize these ideas for me. I’m now beta testing this small-group approach, which I’m calling KINDRED, with a tribe of friends in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and I have a couple of other friends doing their own groups in other states. I just created a gdoc PDF in case it might be helpful to others: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/3/folders/0B5Y39iY6M_0aRVhtZFo3aVd0SlE
Thanks again to you and everyone who helped make SG possible. I’m excited to see what will grow out of it!
I’m having trouble finding the replay…
I wish I could listen to this. As a Special Ed Instructional Assistant who works part-time at HomeGoods $50 = prohibitive. rats.
Hi Marianne. You mentioned doing several Sister Giant gatherings in various cites throughout the year. I’d like to recommend Cleveland, Ohio and am willing to help you organize the event. I know several others who would be willing to help as well. Thank you! Darlene Kelbach
I’ve written an article, “The Top Ten Takeaways From Sister Giant,” that I thought I would share with everyone. http://drmichaelwayne.com/blog/the-top-10-takeaways-from-sister-giant/
I very much enjoyed all of the speakers at Sister Giant, I am so glad that I joined you in person in DC. I live near Reno Nevada and on February 13th Assembly Bill 154 to ban hydraulic fracking was introduced. I plan on giving testimony to our legislature and want to be properly informed. Can you help me get in contact with Josh Fox?
Hi Marianne, Doris Russell here. I was at SisterGiant and enjoyed it very much. I paid the fifty dollars to access the video – but don’t know how to get into it. It says watch video replay, but nothing happens. thanks firstname.lastname@example.org
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