Racial Justice

Racial Justice Discussion – Feb 12, 2022

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds!
Every thought, conversation and action makes a difference. This isn’t a book club–reading is not required. Rather, this is a way to support each other in our commitment to increasing awareness and dismantling white supremacy.
 
Our January meeting touched on some of Heather McGhee’s themes in her book The Sum of Us, which are also featured in her TED Talk Racism Has a Cost for Everyone.  
 
February 12, 2022, 12-1:15 PM PT
Suggested Content:

Planning Ahead: In the spirit of alternating between faster reads and deeper dives:

REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Powerful resources from our last meeting:

Jade: 

  • Sign the petition to pass the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching act
  • Women of the Movement, A limited series event based on the true story of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley.
  • Let the World See This Docuseries chronicles Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley‘s fierce quest for justice that sparked the civil rights movement after her son Emmett Till‘s brutal murder, inspiring heroes like Ms. Rosa Parks and others to stand up boldly for their rights. 
  • Movie: The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Her voice would not be silenced (from singing the song Strange Fruit). 
  • Documentary: Ailey Discover the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey whose dances center on the Black American experience with grace, strength and beauty. Featuring previously unheard audio interviews with Ailey, interviews with those close to him and an intimate glimpse into the Ailey studios today.

Nancy: 

  • Urban Tilth inspires, hires, and trains local residents to cultivate agriculture, feed our community, and restore relationships to land to build a more sustainable food system, within a just and healthier community.
Liz and Nancy
  • Voices of Woodlawn A reckoning by four poets with America’s slave-holding past. Online Thurs, Jan 27, 5 PM 

 

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – Jan 8, 2022

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds!
What are you doing to dismantle white supremacy? Every thought, word and deed matters, no matter how big or small. Come as we support each other in taking action in our own spheres.
 
Inspired by the book “Dear White Friend,” we began our December meeting with a 3-minute freewriting prompt of “Dear Black Friend.” Later, as we each shared about the month’s resources and experiences, each person chose to read what they wrote. It was a deeply moving and powerful exchange. And so we continue! 
 
January 8, 2022, 12-1:15 PM PT
Suggested Content:

Planning Ahead: In the spirit of alternating between faster reads and deeper dives:

REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Powerful resources from our last meeting:

Barbara:

  • The Berkeley Baby Book Project – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails books monthly to children birth to age five who are registered for the IL Program by local affiliates. A child’s age and home address are the only eligibility criteria, nothing else.

Nancy: 

  • Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change.
  • TV Series: All Rise A look at the personal and professional lives of the judges, lawyers, clerks, bailiffs and cops who work at an L.A. County courthouse.
  • Movie: 13th Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary has come back into focus as the U.S. confronts its history of racism. Although the 13th amendment outlawed slavery over 150 years ago, it was essentially allowed to continue via mass incarceration.

Jade:

 

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – Dec 11

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds!
At the start of our November meeting we experienced a guided meditative reflection inspired by Rhonda McGee. “What brings you to this work? Why are you part of this conversation?” Being in touch with our deepest intentions hellps focus our actions. “Envision all the people in your communities, reflecting on awareness of race.” This stirs up the ways we are complicit and allows us to appreciate and continue our evolution, becoming more comfortable with uncomfortable discussions. 
 
December 11, 2021
Suggested Content:

Planning Ahead for 2022: In the spirit of alternating between faster reads and deeper dives:

REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Powerful resources from our last meeting:

Nancy:

  • Just saw the movie: The Best of Enemies. [Stick with it at the beginning if white fragility if stirred.] Powerful.

Liz:

Jade: 

Liz and Leona: Colin in Black and White: Short series depicting white privilege.

Kathleen: (podcast) The Queer Spirit: Yoga, Dharma and Social Justice with Jacoby Ballard 

Please let me know if you have a resource to share with the group!

Come join us! In each meeting you can:
  • Be a listening presence.
  • Share any anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire or invite us.
  • Discuss any content listed above.
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – Nov 13

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds! As we each do our own work and practice racial justice in action, our discussions are becoming more real and increasingly valuable for our group and our greater communities.
 
November 13
Suggested Content:
We’re continuing to explore Rhonda V. Magee’s work, including her guided audio meditations
REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Powerful resources from our last meeting:

Wendy: 

Jade:

  • Black and Blue (2019 film) Exposure follows a rookie Detroit African-American female cop who stumbles upon corrupt officers
  • Emperor (2020 Film) Inspired by the legend of Shields “Emperor” Green, a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South.
  • Blindspotting Discussion from Season 1, Episode 6. A multigenerational family debating what Blackness is. See clips here. Takes place in Oakland, and features Marcus Books bookshop!
  • CBS Sunday Morning episode on the subject of “Passing”

Please let me know if you have a resource to share with the group!

Come join us! In each meeting you can:
  • Be a listening presence.
  • Share any anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire or invite us.
  • Discuss any content listed above.
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – Oct 23

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds! As we each do our own work — Accept, Educate, Self-Inquire, and Act — our discussions grow deeper, more personal and immediately relevant. 
 
October 23—(Rescheduled from Oct 16)
Suggested Content:
REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Come join us! In each meeting you can:
  • Be a listening presence.
  • Share any anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire or invite us.
  • Discuss the content listed above (and resources below)
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.
Powerful resources from our group:

Nancy: (Video) White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide – 52-minute YouTube – Emory University Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Carol Anderson, Professor and Chair of African American Studies April 9, 2018

Jade (Articles and Website):

Beverly: Art Exhibit at Legion of Honor — Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?

Please let me know if you have a resource to share with the group!

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – Sept 11

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds! As we each do our own work — Accept, Educate, Self-Inquire, and Act — our discussions grow deeper, more personal and immediately relevant.
 
September 11— The Inner Work of Racial Justice, Rhonda V. Magee (Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities through Mindfulness)
October 16Meeting on the 3rd Sat instead of the 2nd Sat
 
REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Come join us! In each meeting you can:
  • Be a listening presence.
  • Share any anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire or invite us.
  • Discuss the content listed above (and resources below)
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.
Powerful resources from our group – August 2021 Meeting
 

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – August 14

Each month our discussions grow deeper, more personal and immediately relevant. Thanks to all who attended on July 10. Afterwards we were all buzzing with inspiration and emotion. 
 
If you haven’t come for a while, I hope you’ll consider joining us again soon. 
 
Here’s a heads up about some of the content we’ll discuss (among other things) in the coming months:
 
August 14 — Everyone agreed to spend more time with Dr. Yaba Blay’s book One Drop
 
September 11— The Inner Work of Racial Justice, Rhonda V. Magee (Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities through Mindfulness)
 
Also strongly recommended by our group:
 
REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Come join us, all are welcome:

In this meeting for all people you can:

  • Be a listening presence.
  • Let us know about anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire and/or invite us.
  • Discuss the content listed above
  • Discuss Dr. Robin DeAngelo’s complete talk on White Fragility.
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism and racial justice.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions. It’s a meeting of minds and hearts, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – July 10

White people…have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this…the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed. –James Baldwin

Our June discussion richly touched on various topics including Critical Race Theory, White Fragility and Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s strategy of humor to break down defensiveness, the Obama/Springsteen personal and musical conversation on race, antisemitism, asian racism, tokenism and more. Come join us, all are welcome:

Our next session is Saturday, July 10, 12-1:15 PM PDT. In this meeting for all people you can:

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions. It’s a meeting of minds and hearts, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – June 12

Vulnerable: Being willing to walk around with an open wound. –Yaba Blay

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Our May discussion group was small yet powerful. Thank you to all who have been suggesting books, podcasts, and community actions. 

Our next session is Saturday, June 12, 12-1:15 PM PDT. In this meeting for all people you can:

  • Be a listening presence.
  • Let us know about anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire and/or invite us.
  • Discuss Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s 42-minute podcast episode on race
  • Discuss Robin DeAngelo’s 10-minute clip on White Fragility. 
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism and racial justice.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.

Planning Ahead: Inspired by Yaba Blay’s phenomenal interview we discussed last month, on July 10 we’ll discuss her book One Drop.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions. It’s a meeting of minds and hearts, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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Racial Justice Discussion – May 15

We had a very inspiring session in April. See these NOTES for powerful ways to take action.

Although we usually meet the 2nd Saturday of each month, our next session is Saturday, May 15, 12-1:15 PM PDT. In this meeting for all people you can:

  • Be a listening presence.
  • Let us know about anti-racism work you’re doing in the community to inspire and/or invite us.
  • Discuss poets Amanda Gorman and Claudia Rankine, and scholar-activist Dr. Yaba Blay. Suggested listening:
  • Express your personal experiences and evolving awareness related to racism and racial justice.
  • Share names of black-owned businesses, insights, or just respond in the moment.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, share and stir up ideas and actions. It’s a meeting of minds and hearts, supporting each other in a safe space.

We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to listen, learn and affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Register here for this free event.

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