Hooray for some good news!
Last week The Satanic Temple-Arizona Chapter (TST-AZ) and the YWCA of Southern Arizona were on the brink of dissolving their relationship over complaints the YWCA received about working with a Satanic organization. In a fantastically classy move YWCA reached out to resolve the problem, hear TST-AZ’s side of the story, and help build a path forward so the two organizations can work together on shared goals more in the future.
TST-AZ and YWCA Will Continue to Collaborate
In a joint statement released by YWCA both groups regretted the confluence of influences that lead to the dust-up, which temporarily left donations collected by TST-AZ without a place to go:
“Misinformation regarding YWCA’s willingness to accept donations from TST-AZ recently hit social media pages and national website, patheos.com. Michelle Shortt, Chapter Head of TST-AZ says, “There was a miscommunication between TST-AZ and YWCA of Southern Arizona. YWCA leadership was prompt in correcting the misinformation and have assured us that the prior dissolution of our partnership with the YWCA was conveyed to us without their approval. We look forward to continuing to support YWCA’s Project Period and women in our community.” Both organizations are taking measures to rectify the false information shared.”
It’s nice when things work out and groups can come together and talk things out like grown-ups for a change isn’t it?
YWCA of Southern Arizona’s interim CEO Liz Rabago also stated in the release:
“YWCA Southern Arizona will continue receive donations of menstrual products from TST-AZ for our Project Period drive … Our primary concern and focus remains with the women and families we help every day.”
Plurality in Action
This is a happy example of what can happen when groups are able to discuss their disagreements and miscommunications by staying focused on their commitment to the work that they do instead of finger-pointing for what was, in all honesty, just a mistake. Admittedly, it was a mistake with big potential implications so we here at For Infernal Use Only and our cohorts over at Friendly Atheist were quick to jump on it, but all the information we had suggested no other course for us muckrakers. I’m thrilled the groups were able to sort out the problems in their communication chains and that TST-AZ will be able to continue supporting YWCA in the future.
Full text of the release is available below: