With awe and reverence of this Kairos moment, I step down from my role as Executive Director at Enough Pie to stand up for weaving a diverse fabric of new leadership, vision, and direction. It has been a great pleasure to serve you -- the community, the neighborhoods, this organization, this city, and I offer my sincere gratitude for the past five years serving at Enough Pie.
EP’s goal is to creatively connect and empower the Upper Peninsula of Charleston to ensure everyone has a slice of the pie -- the idea being that there is enough for everyone (everyone’s needs, not everyone’s greed). To ensure that this is fully realized, EP seeks new leadership -- ideally from the neighborhood -- to creatively envision how to connect and empower our community, block by block, as our friend and visionary Muhiyidin D'baha called us to do. It is no small task, and no one person or organization can do it alone. It takes a village, a community, a movement. And, it takes a Kairos moment -- a time when everything aligns across the web for quantum leaps of justice.
There is much work to be done. Some of us are only just waking up. If this is you, welcome. Please read, watch, and listen before you move to the next steps. If you have been awake, and you are now taking action, thank you -- don’t stop. Keep going. And I humbly offer this reminder to sustain this movement long-term: "To really transform our society, we will need to make justice one of the most pleasurable experiences we can have.” - adrienne maree brown, Pleasure Activism
Sometimes it feels scary, and we acknowledge the importance of that discomfort. May we deeply reflect on this movement with genuine curiosity; may we have slow and deliberate conversations with people that don’t look like we do to understand and appreciate unique experiences; may we affect our spheres of influence in positive, meaningful ways.
To my White friends: please read this blog post by muse ms. brown (quoted above). Now is up to us to step up, which may mean stepping down. Or stepping in. Or becoming a patron to an advocate on the streets who is doing this work daily. It’s different for each of us, but if you are not involved in some proactive, daily way to dismantle this systemic oppression, then you are part of the problem. Sit with your neighbor who has not woken up. Listen. Then talk, pray -- but it's up to white people to wake up other white folks. This is our job. I urge you, as I urge myself: be an active part of the solution. We can all make a difference in our unique ways. Life is a gift, and how we live every day is the measure of our worth.
As I step down from Enough Pie, I remain committed to serving justice, compassion, love and of course: joy. I’ll continue as a “Friend of JFM” to support our elders at Joseph Floyd Manor, and offering dance as a Minister of Movement, serving as a celebrant of rituals, and as always, celebrating creation. Please stay in touch at my personal email below or via social media.
The EP Board is creating a Search Committee to identify the next leader of this creative organization. If you would like to sit on the search committee or have an interest in being part of this process (or applying!), please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support of Enough Pie as we, like you, seek to grow in consciousness, connection, and empowerment. There is much work to be done -- let’s roll up our sleeves, get creative, and do the work: on ourselves, in our communities, and for our planet. I remain, in the words of Dr. King, a drum major for justice. If you need a kazoo for this irresistible revolution, just let me know ;)
Holding highest visions for Enough Pie 2.0!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am forever changed.
Cathryn the Grateful