We are hosting the first annual Collective Voices Symposium next week on Tuesday, January 31. The purpose of this virtual event is to highlight all voices within our community in an environment where we can share our experiences and learn from one another.
Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month + SFI Priorities
Throughout Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month, we have explored the intersection between SFI’s policy priorities and our commitment to anti-racism and building a multicultural organization. We featured notable historical figures, discussed policy connections, and shared action items every week focused on voting rights, foreign policy, and domestic demilitarization. We are committed to building our […]
Politics Do’s + Don’ts for Military-Connected People
At SFI, we encourage military family members and veterans to advocate on issues that impact them. But you might be thinking, “This all sounds great! But I’m afraid of being ‘too political’ for fear of getting in trouble, or hurting my service member’s career. After all, aren’t there rules in the military about not doing that sort […]
SFI Celebrates 2 Years And Announces Growing Team
Today, Secure Families Initiative (SFI) celebrates two successful years of growth and advocacy since our nonprofit’s launch in 2020. In honor of the anniversary, SFI is pleased to announce the organization is growing. Bana Miller will join the Board of Directors and Brandi Jones will serve in a new Organizing Director position.
Meet SFI’s New Organizing Director
We are delighted to introduce the newest member of the Secure Families Initiative team: Brandi Jones is our Organizing Director! Brandi is tasked with growing our membership, increasing advocacy participation, and expanding our presence across military and civilian communities.
Statement on Kabul Airport Attack
Yesterday, over 160 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed by suicide bombs near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. At least 185 Afghans and 15 U.S. service members were injured. This news has sent ripple effects throughout our military community.
Statement on the Situation in Afghanistan
It is with deep sadness, frustration, confusion, and even anger that our community watches the Taliban advancement unfolding in Afghanistan right now. Our hearts break for our entire military community, and especially our allies in Afghanistan.
Do You Have a Story To Tell?
Spoiler alert: you do! We want to help military partners and family members tell their stories. At SFI, we know it is important to share our experiences to help bridge the military-civilian divide.
Politics in the Military
You might be thinking, “Advocacy is all sounds great! But I’m afraid of being ‘too political’ for fear of hurting my service member’s career. After all, aren’t there rules in the military about not doing that sort of thing?” We understand where you’re coming from. But the good news is: there really aren’t. Don’t believe us? […]
Beyond the Feel-Good Photo Op: Military and Veteran Families Speaking Out
In politics as well as culture, representations of military life can be very two-dimensional. While there’s a focus on the happy homecomings, the dreaded departures and every human grind experience in between are often overlooked. What happens when that understanding is lost? And how can military family members and veterans help reclaim our narrative?