This has been a tough week for everyone. Many of us have been processing our grief on many levels, and trying to make meaning out of the current situation our country is facing. We are at a loss for what to do and how to move forward.

At Project Feast, we pledge to continue to do our work from a place of compassion and love for all. We continue to see refugees and immigrants as people who have skills and strengths to bear, as people with the resilience that will be needed to help us move forward in this national crisis. We believe that however people voted, they did what they felt was best for themselves, for their family and their country. In this we are all the same.
 
This election has taught us that there is much work to be done to heal the large divides and polarization within our country. We recognize that human beings are too complex to fit into a check box of Democrat or Republican, white or person of color, rich or poor. We hope to be a platform for respectful discussions that are founded in a rich and nuanced exchange. We continue to drive forward with a solution-oriented attitude and continue to view “the problem as the solution”. We encourage everyone to take this election as an opportunity to face ourselves and each other, and to share our stories on an honest and human level.
 
We will continue to hold our monthly Migrating Meals and are brainstorming ways to expand this concept beyond our network. Together with our friends at Interfaith Community Sanctuary as well as Tulalip tribe member SiSwinKlae Laurel Boucher, we will continue to host Potlucks for Peace. We are actively planning the next one and it will likely happen in January / February. We hope for these events to be spaces for being honest with one another, and to engage together in the quiet activism of being vulnerable and listening to one another. Oh yea, and there will be food involved!
 
In order for this movement to thrive, we must be united. In order for us to do our best job as a platform for this kind of intercultural exchange, we will need to hear your input. What are your thoughts and ideas for ways in which we can all move forward in this together? What are your dreams? What are ways in which you would like to be involved? We look forward to hearing from you.
 
We leave you with this beautiful poem by Rabindranath Tagore, a 19th century Indian poet and Nobel Laureate.
 
Where the Mind is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high 
Where knowledge is free 
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments 
By narrow domestic walls 
Where words come out from the depth of truth 
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection 
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way 
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit 
Where the mind is led forward by thee 
Into ever-widening thought and action 
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake 

-Rabindranath Tagore


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