Habari Gani? Ujima!

Today, on the third day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility) which is to build & maintain our community together & make our brothers’ & sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together. 

When Wakanda was under attack and Namor flooded the city, the community came together to help one another. When things get hard, we must turn to our neighbors for support. When the elders were concerned about another attack or potential threat, Shuri requested M’Baku to house the elders on Jabari land to keep them safe. M’Baku welcomed them with open arms. This is how we show up for the community, and take collective responsibility for all of us.  

Today’s practice comes from our Community Organizer, jay brissette.

Reflect on Collective Work & Responsibility by asking: How do we take care, support, and uplift the most vulnerable members of our community? 

Wherever you are, the temperature is likely dropping. I invite you and your family to take time to think of what small or big thing you can do to support your unhoused neighbors.

Protesters demonstrate on Sunset Boulevard against the removal of a homeless encampment at Echo Park Lake on March 25, 2021 in Los Angeles. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

This can look like collecting supplies like warm socks and hand warmers or sharing a meal or warm tea with folks. These small acts are a great way to build community, solidarity and share resources in our communities. 

Give Blessing Bags - Homeless Care Package Idea

Check out this short video of Trina & Terrence creating care kits back in 2019 for inspiration!