Racial Justice

FMC Attendees at White Privilege Conference
April 14-17, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA



 

Friends for Racial Justice Committee

Friends for Racial Justice (FORJ) has created spaces to help educate ourselves and the Meeting on race/racism and whiteness. In Debby Irving’s April white privilege workshop, the group discussed the myth of the “level playing field” and patterns of privilege reflected in many of Friends’ structures and habits, We have much more work to do here. On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in August, we held a Meeting for Worship and grieved the loss of Black lives, joined by Friends from other meetings, many of whom were coming from a Black Lives Matter rally. Through FORJ’s Google group we alert each other (and other Meetings/Friends)to racial justice vigils, protests, and other opportunities to stand in solidarity with BLM and actions called by communities of color.

In addition to providing support for those who are working on racial issues, FORJ has an ongoing mission to minister to Friends on the issue of white privilege through programs and workshops.  Meets at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the Friends Center at FMC. For more information contact office@fmcquaker.org with subject “attn. Polly Attwood”.



 

Prison Fellowship Group

This group provides support and encouragement for those who are engaged in prison work.  It meets at 6:00 pm for a potluck supper on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Friends Center at FMC. For more information contact office@fmcquaker.org with subject “attn. Kim West”



 

White Privilege Conference

Eighteen Cambridge Friends attended the White Privilege Conference (WPC), April 14-17, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA, as part of the Meeting’s anti-racism work. Several attendees wrote their reflections on this experience.

Friends for Racial Justice Committee and others at FMC will keep lifting up this work throughout the year.

Christa Frintner and Diana Lopez will give a forum on September 18, 2016, about working on racism from a “spiritual but not religious” perspective.

Another event to put on your calendar is the White Privilege Symposium on October 14-15, 2016, at Lesley University in Cambridge. Community Change Inc. is very heartened to share that the first-ever New England White Privilege Conference (WPC-NE) in partnership with The Privilege Institute.

WPC PLENARY PRESENTERS
Books and videos

  • JASIRI X – founder of 1Hood and activist hip hop artist/emcee
  • YUSEF SALAAM – one of the “Central Park Five”, served 12 years in jail before sentence overturned.
  • VERNA MEYERS – spirited motivational speaker, an engaging expert facilitator, and a courageous strategic advisor.
    • TedTalk
    • Book: Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing
    • Book: What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People
  • HOWARD STEVENSON
    • Book: Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference
    • Video: Interview on racial literacy including racial socialization for white people AND people of color (relates to micro aggressions)
    • Video: Talk on promoting racial literacy in schools begins with lively story of his growing and context out of which his work comes. Can be applied to other settings.

For more resources contact office@fmcquaker.org with subject “attn. Polly Attwood”.