May 2018 Newsletter
Hello All! I have an exciting announcement. On May 29th, I'll be co-facilitating a webinar for Everyday Feminism's School for Social Justice. It is still being planned,  so check their website later for details.
It's hard to look at, but we have to. My newest blog post alerts us to the repetition of history we just witnessed (the publication of KKK registration forms) and describes why it's so essential that we concern ourselves with disaffected white youth so they don't fall prey to the recruitment efforts of the alt-right.
I love this resource! It's absolutely worth the cost. I've read it in full and I can't recommend it enough. Here is why: "How does a white person who aspires to be an ally against racism talk to their friends and family who are in denial about racism against people of color?  The White Ally Toolkit Workbook gives people concrete guidance about how to respond a wide variety of statements that racism-denying white folks make everyday." It does this brilliantly.
“Healing Justice Podcast is a virtual practice space, bridging conversations at the intersections of collective healing & social change.” Each week it offers a conversation and a practice that can be used within your own community. I am particularly struck by Session 18 that highlights a practice called the "SINGDOWN" with a singer from the Flobots. This is a great resource for people working in communities and could use new practices and strategies.

From SURJ: This Mother's Day, the Campaign will kick off with 40 days of Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action that will include education, organizing, cultural arts, coalition-building and direct action. The commitment to nonviolence is central and the use of the word fusion addresses the intersectional connections of people and issues. There will be a national action in Washington, DC, on June 23. The original goal was for the participation of 25 states...and now 39 have joined the campaign -- from seasoned activists to many new faces.To get involved if you aren’t already, the next step would be to get connected to the work in the state where you live. You can do that by signing on to the campaign through the national website.

This is the kind of thing that I miss all the time. Language matters, and what often seems like language “tweaks” to me are actually substantive and change the focus in ways that call an issue what it is in order to disallow misinterpretation and misguided responses. This article highlights the difference between the move to “name race” as a factor in Black women’s high rates of material mortality and naming it as “racism.” Read more about the issue here
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama is now open! Read this short interview with Bryan Stevenson to understand the need for this kind of truth-telling in our country. It's a useful article to help people understand the depth of the issue. Also see a second article for a bit more on the museum itself.
"A new survey revealed that “thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. And 52 percent of Americans wrongly think Hitler came to power through force.”

Teaching the #holocaust is now more important than ever. Facing History and Ourselves’ 1-Week Unit provides 5 lessons that offer students an overview of the history of Nazi Germany & the Holocaust, & at the choices individuals, groups, & nations made that contributed to genocide.
A project by Dr. Bettina Love, this website provides loads of resources to support teachers who want to engage students with culturally relevant content that support social justice education. Look specifically at the Get Deep page for an entire library, sets of syllabus readers, and articles.
Summer Institutes
Check out the three institutes below and share with colleagues who may be interested:
1. Multicultural Teaching Institute
2. The Equity Exchange
3. Institute in Inclusive Leadership

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