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COVID-19 Briefing #10 (6.10.20) – Racial Justice

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #10 – June 10, 2020

Topic: Racial Justice: What’s Happening in NJ and What You Can Do

Guest speaker #1: Andrea McChristian, Esq., Law and Policy Director, NJ Institute for Social Justice

Guest speaker #2: Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Chair and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, New Jersey City University & Poet, Artist, Activist

Guest speaker #3: Sheila D. Hull-Freeman, President, Bungalow Park Civic Association & Member, Atlantic City Citizens Advisory Board

Guest speaker #4: Derek Minno-Bloom, Social and Food Justice Director, Trinity Episcopal Church, Asbury Park

Guest speaker #5: Caloua Zhané, Alumni & Board Member, Hopeworks and Creative Entrepreneur

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

Update 6/24/20: Andrea McChristian shared a preview of 10 actions that people can take to advocate for and affect change in racial justice in our state on this call.  NJISJ just published this advocacy report.  You can access it here:  10 Ways to Do Racial Justice Advocacy After You Say “Black Lives Matter”:

  • Anti-Racism & Equity-focused Organizations, Coalitions, Trainings
  • Healing, Self-Care, Mental and Emotional Wellness for Black People:
  • Rights, Resources and Legal Defense (for Protesters and beyond):
  • National Resources List
  • Reading Lists, Podcasts & Videos
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses
  • Resources for White People
  • Talking to Children about Race & Racism
  • Actions you can take
  • A Poem by Dr. Ellis-Williams – What Will Our Children Learn From Us Today?


Download the full summary and resources links here.

“Last night I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about this [model of bringing people together]. With the New Jim Crow Project [focusing on mass incarceration] we have to plan events and programs all the time and suddenly I’m thinking that more people have to have conversations: I don’t have to have a keynote speaker, I have to create the kinds of programs that have people talking with each other and thinking about action steps. So it’s really changing the model for us about the way we’re going to do our communicating and programs and raising the level of self-awareness in education.”

– Barbara Flythe – Campaign to End Jim Crow (Trenton)

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