Suggestions for Individual Actions & Education
Douglass: An American Drama at Theater Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave), July 21 — August 14, 2016
Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys at Raven Theatre (6157 N Clark St), July 21 — August 27, 2016
Write letters to Senators and Congressmen across the political spectrum and well as Letters to the Editor in varied locations with feedback, thoughts and feelings on issues of importance. It is important that our officials get feedback from across the spectrum. Click here for a list of Representatives and click here for a list of Senators.
Through VolunteerMatch.org you can search for a particular cause and browse by area of interest including Advocacy & Human Rights.
Let's talk at Lunch is sponsored by the Evanston/NorthShore YWCA. It offers us to talk through the issue of racism and deepen our understanding by looking at events through a racial equality lens. Here is the upcoming schedule and locations:
YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave, Evanston. First Tuesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. August 2, September 6.
Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. August 10, September 14
Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 12:00-1:00. August 16, September 20
YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St. Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. August 18, September 15. [Feel free to bring your lunch]
Do you have Hidden Bias?
Click here to read an interesting article about stereotypes and prejudices. It talks about a tool to test yourself for hidden bias. Here is the link to the test...try it for yourself!
If you have not yet read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, you may be interested in the following review by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, published in the NYT book reviews "By the Book" column, of Feb. 4. He wrote: "I opened it feeling like I knew a lot about mass incarceration, but she presents her case with such an unrelenting avalanche of evidence and data that I found myself even angrier at the depth and breadth of the problem. It is the one book I have given to my whole staff, and along with Senator Tom Harkin, I bought copies for every one of our Senate colleagues."
"From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation" by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Paperback, Published in February, 2016. Reviewer, Steven Thrasher of The Guardian, writes: "Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's has not written the average rushed first-wave book on a social movement. Taylor, a professor of African American studies at Princeton, is the rare academic writer whose sense of humor is as sharp as her scholarship. She's written a sweeping yet concise history not just of the Black Lives Matter movement, but of the past seven years under the first black president and of how the 20th century led to our current state of woke uprising. It's full of gems of historical insight and it fearlessly tackles what black liberation looks like when it happens in a black-governed city 40 miles from a black-occupied White House."
"Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court" by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve.
This book was published just this month, by Stanford University Press. Tribune reviewer Rob Warden, described it this way "...a powerful book, grounded in nearly 15 years of field research by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University, exposing the racialized culture that permeates the Cook County criminal courts and state's attorney's office."
Karen Schrage attended the Friday, May 6 session of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Racial Justice Summit, “Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity,” in case anyone would like to ask her any questions.
The Little Free Library near you could be a good place to leave a copy of any books on institutional racism which you may have appreciated - like The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; or Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, or another title that’s moved you.
Please contact Mike Mattson, Barb Dufford, Betty Douglas or Alice Wozniak with any other suggestions.