[Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes to us from Katia Chapman, Youth Empowerment Assistant Coordinator and Intern Coordinator for RMM. We’re about to throw a party in NYC, and Katia’s here to tell you all about it. -gm]
This might be news to you, but Rural & Migrant Ministry knows how to party.
When we throw a party, we ask cutting edge bands like the Razor Blades (get it?) and Flaco Navaja to play live salsa, cumbia, and merengue music. We work with up and coming caterers like Chef Gabriela Alvarez, who offers hors d’oeuvres featuring healthy twists on Latin American soul food. We mingle and dance on the second floor of Bar 13 in Union Square, with access to the rooftop to boot.
RMM has to know how to party because so much of our justice journey is about the good fight. The fight for justice is long and can sometimes feel dark. Anyone who has stood with us in Albany, made calls, or sent postcards knows that it can feel like we are shouting into an abyss of political games. It can feel like we are not making a difference, but we have to know we are doing just that. If we had not made a difference, the Assembly would not have passed the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act numerous times, each with a stronger majority. If we had not made a difference, Governor Cuomo wouldn’t have acceded publicly in March 2013 that it is an important piece of legislature, and his daughter Michaela would not have written such a powerful letter for our blog on the subject. On a different level, farmworkers would not be willing to bravely speak out if they did not believe they were fighting for something worthwhile. These victories that culminate in eventual success is what fighting for justice is all about.
So sometimes you have to Party for Justice as well: to keep up positivity, to connect on a different level, and to raise needed funds for the campaign.
So please join us on September 18th. If a party from 8-11pm in Lower Manhattan is not accessible to you, please pass on our invitation to other contacts and listservs in the city. And—it’s not too late to offer a sponsorship or donation at any level!
Contact me, Katia, for more information, either by email or by phone at 845-309-8420. I am happy to send you our beautiful invitation as well if you are not on our mailing list and have not received one yet.