I’m looking forward to seeing you at our next Whites for Racial Equity meeting, this Saturday, April 9 from 2-5, at CSUMB Health & Wellness Services Building 80 (Pick up a parking sticker at any kiosk before parking) Maps & Directions .
We have a wonderful gathering planned that encompasses both awareness and action.
As part of growing our awareness, we shall be showing Dr. Robin Di Angelo’s video, Deconstructing White Privilege. You are encouraged to watch it prior to the meeting as well. Here is the link. Deconstructing White Privilege with Robin Di Angelo. There will be break out discussions inspired by this video.
We shall talk about https://www.gov.ca.gov/docs/The_Public_Safety_and_Rehabilitation_Act_of_2016_(00266261xAEB03).pdf an initiative to protect and enhance public safety, reduce wasteful spending on prisons, improve rehabilitation and prevent federal courts from ordering the release of prisoners. There will be time to practice our skills, and delve into true prison reform.
We shall talk about upcoming actions and events including: a new survey, a movie-book discussion scheduled for Thurs., June 16, a report on voter suppression, and anything you might bring to the meeting.
Feel free to bring relevant books, articles, dvd’s to exchange. We have 5 copies of Tim Crass’s book Towards the Other America, Anti-Racist Resources for White People. It is a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Chris Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter.
Below is information on a Twitter event, Say Their Names, A Conversation about Race, Police Brutality and the Power of Shifting Narratives. It happens tomorrow, April 6 from 1-2 EST.
The next gathering of Whites for Racial Equity is taking place this Saturday, May 14. As part of our ongoing commitment to Awareness and Action, we have decided to participate as Allies in the Walk of Remembrance: Celebrating Pacific Grove’s Chinese Village and Pioneering Fishing Community. The Walk of Remembrance will go from 1:00-3:00pm, meeting at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum.
Following the walk of remembrance we will gather at Robert Down School (485 Pine Ave., Pacific Grove) from 3:00-5:00 to discuss the ‘whitewashing’ of history– how we are kept ignorant of the unpleasant truths of many historical events (as James Loewen powerfully illustrates in his book Lies Across America). Attached are two descriptions of the Chinese village that existed in Monterey in the late 1800s–taking leadership and inspiration from the previous work of Gerry Low Sabado and others, perhaps there is some work we can do as allies to strategize and advocate for more historical accuracy in our local historical markers.