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Celebrating Juneteenth

Posted by Up with People on June 19, 2020

Up with People sends warm wishes to all in our community who celebrate Juneteenth today. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth, but the day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day. Learn a little more about Juneteenth, its history, and significance here. Denver, Colorado, the headquarters of UWP, has one of the largest and longest-running Juneteenth festivals in the country, welcoming everyone with music, food, awards and fun. However this year, because of Covid-19, the festival has gone virtual with music, panels, a …

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Group Discussion Guide on George Floyd and the Following Protests

Posted by Up with People on June 12, 2020

While this conversation was designed for Up with People’s Cast A 2020 to have a shared reflection on the events of the last few weeks, we wanted to make it available to all of us who are seeking to listen, learn, and talk about the racial challenges we’re facing. Many Up with People alumni groups have been actively meeting during this global pandemic, and we’re hoping this discussion resource can be used by alumni casts, community groups, and others wanting to engage in a respectful dialogue on this topic. We also understand that this guide isn’t perfect, so please feel …

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A Few Words of Condolence to the Floyd Family

Posted by Up with People on June 10, 2020

In the wake of the deeply moving Memorial Service for George Floyd, our staff wanted to share a few words from the heart to the Floyd family during these incredibly difficult times. To the family of George Floyd: The entire staff and Board of Directors of Up with People sends our deepest condolences to you for the tragic and untimely death of your beloved George. We will never forget the name George Floyd and the inspiration he has provided in the worldwide movement to stop racism. It is difficult to measure the impact he had on the many lives he …

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A message from Up with People during these difficult times

Posted by Up with People on June 1, 2020

Up with People extends its heart and condolences to the Floyd family, the City of Minneapolis, and all people throughout the world who are suffering due to the events of the past week. In previous times, this organization has chosen not to comment on current affairs – particularly highly charged or divisive issues. That season has passed. Today, we state without reservation our opposition to racism in all its forms; particularly those embedded in the very systems that our societies rely on for people to function and flourish because they serve to protect the advantage of some while maintaining the …

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6 Creative Ways To Be A Global Citizen At Home

Posted by Up with People on May 26, 2020

A lot of us may still be adapting to the current situation we’re living in. Plans may be postponed until a later date and we may have to change the ways we keep in touch with friends and family.  Despite these trying times though, there are still a lot of reasons to have hope for the future. Life will return to normal, and when it does, we will have a renewed sense of passion and inspiration to share with the world around us. But why wait until this passes to make the world a better place?  Even though you may …

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