CEN Community Social Justice Conversation
May 26th, 9-10:30 am PDT, 12-1:30 pm EDT
RESOURCES for discussion
These will take about 90 to 120 minutes to read or watch.
- The Future of Race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus
- We Need to Talk About an Injustice | Bryan Stevenson | TED
- Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy "A Trip to the Grocery Store"
“I am NOT Black You Are NOT White”
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- What Is A ‘System of Privilege’? by Allan Johnson
- “Stubborn Ounces” poem by Bonaro Overstreet
- Conscious Elders Network Charter
Intention for Social Justice online Conversations:
- Provide a framework to CEN community for monthly online conversations on social justice issues
- Invite participants to share their reactions/reflections on resources in a safe and trusting community
- Invite participants to gain new knowledge and insight about being an elder activist for social justice
- Invite participants to practice CEN core values in compassionate activism locally and nationally
Guidelines for Conversation:
- Speak from our own experiences and perspectives.
- Listen respectfully to the experiences and perspectives of other participants.
- Be mindful of group process, making sure that everyone has the opportunity to speak and to listen.
- Use this time as an opportunity for deeper understanding, ethical education and spiritual discernment.
- Respect confidentiality of personal stories.
MAY SESSION Theme
Racial injustice, racism, ‘white privilege’ Intention: To provide framework for conversation on racial justice and ‘white privilege’ in safe online CEN community and to explore ways to address racial injustice as elder activists in local and/or national community.
SESSION DESCRIPTION 90 Minutes
Welcome and Settling In to Online Conversation, Timeframe of meeting, introduce facilitator role, and best practices for online communications.
Review Intention: of Conversation / Guidelines for online community.
Introductions and Check-ins: Share name, where you live and one idea/question/impression that was provoked by your viewing/reading of resources for this session.
Small Groups of 4 persons in break-out sessions, 3 Rounds of sharing:
First Round: Share insights you gained from TED talks, YouTubes and readings. What pieces of information were new to you?
Second Round: Share feelings that arose for you from these resources. What stories or experiences (recent or long ago) came to the fore for you?
Third Round (referencing CEN Charter): Consider how our conversation today relates to the CEN Charter and your own core values.
Returning to whole group: Participants consider possibilities for action - partners in their local community and/or networking with organizations to bring attention to issues of racial injustice and ‘white privilege’ and continue the conversation.
Facilitators: Lynne Iser & Pat Hoertdoerfer