Racial Justice Initiative

Contact: Ann Manning at anncmanningmn (at) gmail.com or Barb Iverson at barbiverson100@icloud.com

What’s Going On

Community Organizing and Social Movements Training

The Racial Justice Initiative at Plymouth Church will offer a series of free online training sessions on Community Organizing and Social Movements Thursdays, December 9 and 16, 7:00–8:15 p.m. via Zoom.

Many of us at Plymouth want to take action as a result of our educational efforts in working toward a more just and level playing field for all citizens of our cities.
Claudia Albano, who taught social movement theory at the University of California-Berkeley for 20 years and is a long-time community activist, will share her knowledge of and involvement in community activism and social movements.

This two-part training will offer frameworks for understanding the theory and practice of community organizing and social movement-building. It will consist of two introductory online classes of 75 minutes each. The purpose of these introductory sessions is to prepare and kindle the interest of Plymouth members for attendance at an in-person training in 2022. There will be no charge for participating in these sessions but registration will be required.

Ann Manning, RJI co-chair, said of this training: “Claudia introduced me to the theory and practice of social movements more than 10 years ago when I was working with a Lutheran group to bring about full inclusion of LGBTQ in the ELCA. The models Claudia will offer can help us see the long game and recognize that we all have a role to play. It’s so important to see and understand those who are different from you. I encourage everyone who is interested to attend these first 2 sessions. You will not regret it. Claudia will make it fun, engaging and well worth your time.”

A Conversation with AG Keith Ellison

This I Believe | Racial Justice Is Personal

is being launched by Plymouth’s Racial Justice Initiative. Our goal with these personal stories is to inspire reflection and action, and we offer them with humility and vulnerability. We hope these stories will inspire deeper thought about your own relationship to systemic racism.
We have recently begun publishing these video stories in weekly emails.
To receive the emails including these videos please contact dougf (at) plymouth.org.
For questions or to include your story in
This I Believe | Racial Justice is Personal
please email Jean Kennedy jekennedy21 (at) comcast.net.


The RJI is always looking for volunteers to assist with programming activities.  Topics and sub-committees include the following:  building working and personal relationships with organizations and fighting systemic racism; partnering with Isaiah and other local organizations on voter enfranchisement efforts; reforming police and improving public safety; communicating to the congregation about how people can get involved; fostering the congregation’s curiosity about U.S. history and dismantling the narrative about white supremacy, American exceptionalism and the history of race relations; promoting congregational dialogue through Racial Justice Circles and other ways; inviting speakers on racial justice topics; providing support and racial justice resources; cultivating a relationship between the RJI and the Immigration Welcome Working Group; enhancing resource offerings with books, articles, podcasts, movies and encourage internal reflection; leading book reviews; and encouraging members to share their personal experiences and to understand their own white privilege.  Please contact RJI co-chairs Ann Manning at anncmanningmn (at) gmail.com or Barb Iverson at barbiverson100@icloud.com

Seeing White Podcast Series and Discussion

Have you ever asked the question: “What can I personally do to recognize my white advantage and become more antiracist? I really care about this, but I don’t know where to begin.”
Whether you’ve been involved in racial justice issues your entire life, for a couple of decades, or just a few months, the podcast series “Seeing White” is a superb way to familiarize yourself with how the concept of whiteness has shaped our nation.

All Plymouth members are invited to listen to this series at their own leisure and to then join a Zoom discussion on each episode on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Registration for the monthly podcast discussions is not required, and you do not need to attend every session

Chartering a Course for Minneapolis: What You Need to Know About the Charter Amendments

Chartering a Course for Minneapolis, Part 3

Government Structure

Chartering a Course for Minneapolis, Part 2

Public Safety Reform

Chartering a Course for Minneapolis, Part 1

Rent Stabilization

Reimagining Public Safety: Confronting the Problem of Policing