Racial Justice Initiative

Contact:  Linda Campbell at lacampbell52@gmail.com or Barb Iverson at barbiverson100@icloud.com

What’s Going On

Family Friendly Gathering to Honor the Life of George Floyd 

5:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 25 

Plymouth Congregational Church, Franklin, and Nicollet 

The Racial Justice Initiative of Plymouth Congregational Church invites you to join us to honor George Floyd’s life and legacy, and then travel to attend the Rise & Remember events at George Floyd Square on Wednesday, May 25.

The schedule of events for May 25 is as follows:

5:15 p.m.

  • Gather quietly under the tent at Plymouth for 9 minutes of silence to honor George Floyd

5:30 – 7 p.m. 

  • Food and refreshments provided
  • Poster making
  • Action station – letters to elected representative 
  • Table to self-organize for ridesharing to George Floyd

7 – 7:30 p.m. 

  • Travel to George Floyd Square for “Angelversary” candlelight vigil
    • Join the Caretakers at George Floyd Square for a memorable candlelight vigil to commemorate the two-year angelversary of George Floyd’s death. The event will be held from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and begin at the Say Their Names Memorial (E 37th Street and Columbus Avenue S). You may bring your own candle. Additional candles will be provided.

For more information about the entire weekend of events at George Floyd Square, as well as opportunities to donate and volunteer, visit https://www.georgefloydglobalmemorial.org/Rise-and-Remember

The Racial Justice Initiative at Plymouth Church will offer a free, in person, training on Community Organizing and Social Movements Saturday, May 14, 2022 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. <div  class='avia-button-wrap avia-button-center ' ><a href='https://secure.accessacs.com/access/eventlogin.aspx?id=Puf0tBmaLHEqMQuJQg8eOw==&site=106818&ReturnUrl=events%2fwz_people.aspx&ChurchID=5136&EventID=219755&sn=106818'  class='avia-button  avia-color-theme-color   avia-icon_select-no avia-size-small avia-position-center '   ><span class='avia_iconbox_title' >Register Here</span></a></div> Everyone wants justice, everyone wants peace – but how do we move from talk to action? This one day workshop will walk you through the basis of grassroots community organizing and social movements so you can better understand how your activism can fit into the opportunities before us as well as participate with skill and understanding. Among the topics discussed include understanding the difference between service and empowerment, how to develop and execute a strategy chart, the power of one-to-one conversations, and the eight stages of a social movement, and more! The late Ann Manning, RJI co-chair, said of this training: It is easy to get discouraged when things don’t change fast enough, and the model of the Eight Stages helps me see the long game. I also found that understanding the Four Roles people play invaluable. We all have a role to play, and it’s so important to see and understand those who are different from you. I encourage everyone who is interested to attend training. You will not regret it. Claudia will make it fun, engaging, and well worth your time.” 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.

Volunteer

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 Linda Campbell at lacampbell52@gmail.com or Barb Iverson at barbiverson100@icloud.com

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