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Racial Justice Task Force

Our Racial Justice Task Force was formed in the spring of 2020 and has been very busy since. This past year we worked with
the Adult Education Committee in creating a number of programs many of which were funded by a grant from the UJA: Documentary and discussion about struggle of Ethiopian Jews to make Aliyah; discussion of I am Not Your Negro with help of Georgetown University Professor Terrence Johnson; watch party of the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy, featuring Stacey Abrams, followed by a presentation and discussion with Katie Friel of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Lee Winkleman of the RAC; a program helping us identify our unconscious biases. The UJA grant also enabled us to purchase for the temple’s children’s library about 20 kids’ books related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. And to promote the reading of books on this topic, Racial Justice ran 2 book swaps.

This coming year we will be equally busy – films, books, speakers, discussions, trips, and more.

Among our plans:

Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden, Yonkers Waterfront
Watch for announcement of new date

A family tour of sculptor Vinnie Bagwell’s vision focusing on remembering the lives, feelings and legacy of men, women and children who were stripped of their human rights and were among the first to be freed by law 64 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. Sponsored by Adult Education Committee. Sign up
HERE.

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Oct 25, and the last Tue of each month thereafter, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Zoom

Book discussion group sponsored by Racial Justice Task Force and Adult Education Committees. This controversial book substantially expands on the award-winning NY Times 1619 Project, which attempts to reframe our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its ongoing legacy at the center of our national narrative. We will explore the book’s ideas by discussing one of the 18 chapters + introduction/poetry each month. Participants are invited to volunteer to take turns facilitating
discussion. Sign up
HERE to join the group.


And we will continue our work on climate justice with the Civic Engagement Task Force and Environmental Task Force.

Leaders:  Linda Einfrank and Rebecca Mazin (rjtf@wct.org)

Thu, December 1 2022 7 Kislev 5783