The new Presidential administration has challenged the values of the Mesa Refuge community to an unprecedented degree. Writers, artists and activists from around the country have mobilized to respond to new policies and agendas, to question policies and to hold the administration accountable. An ongoing, steady effort by activists of all kinds has become critical, but this kind of continuous activism can take its toll on those working on the front lines.
The Mesa Refuge already offers residencies to change-making writers, journalists and artists who are working in the areas of the environment, human economy and social equity. While the Mesa Refuge has supported the work of activists for nearly 20 years, we believe that this moment calls for a special response. In December of this year, we will host Refuge for Activists, our first residency dedicated to supporting those who need a place where they can recharge their batteries before returning to the world with renewed focus and resilience.
This special session at the Mesa Refuge would be a true refuge—where residents could rest, rejuvenate, and work as they have need—and then return to the world with renewed focus and resources. We have a seed grant for this fellowship from the West Marin Fund, but are looking for additional funders for this December session and possibly more. We hope you can join us as a supporter for this important place of refuge for activists.