On to the March for a Culture of Peace!

 

Last night’s anti-racism workshop drew 60 people, including about 10 members of First Unitarian, community members of all races, and two carloads of students from the University of Delaware.

We sat in a large circle in the Parish Hall and spoke and thought deeply about how racism affects each and every one of us—from the black mother of three whose fourth grader was surrounded by police officers and questioned about why he wasn’t in school (he was homeschooled) to the biracial woman who said she never knew quite where she stood in American society to the white woman who observed racism in her elementary schoolyard and has been carrying her anger about it for more than 60 years. It was a powerful, emotional two hours.

Peace Week Delaware continues with more great events today and Friday. And on Saturday, you are urged to come to Rodney Square for the fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace, which steps off at 11:30 and is followed by “A Day of Peace—Community Rally and Resource Fair.” Please join this important public witness. Wear yellow and carry signs.

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Members of First Unitarian Church at the 2016 March for a Culture of Peace.   Photo by Elizabeth Siftar. (We miss you, Elizabeth!)

 

 

A Note About Tonight’s Workshop: Is Anti-Racism Work “One and Done?”

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Are these people racists?

Are they part of the white supremacy system?

Is anti-racism work “one and done?”

Since most of the subscribers to this blog are members of First Unitarian Church, I want to clarify something about tonight’s “I Am Not a Racist!” workshop. It is not a rehash of the several workshops and meetings that First Unitarian has done about racism and white supremacy. 

Rather, two experienced workshop leaders from the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow are tonight’s presenters. Although some of the concepts that will be discussed tonight may not be new to anti-racist UUs, the content of the workshop will be different.

And besides, even if this is your 30th workshop about racism, you will find it valuable. Been there and done that? Think again: One or two experiences of confronting the white supremacy do not make it possible for us to say, in all honesty, “I am not a racist.” 

In peace,

Jeff

 

Tonight: “I Am Not a Racist”

“I Am Not a Racist!”—
Confronting Race, Racism, and White Supremacy

In this 2-hour facilitated workshop, participants will explore white privilege and structural racism in society through their personal experiences of race. Questions include: How does white supremacy affect all of us—and not just black and brown people? What can we do to combat racism in our personal lives, workplaces, and government structures?

Where: First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead St, Wilmington, DE, 19803
When: 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 20
Sponsored by: Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow & First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Questions?: Darlene Scott, darlenescott99@gmail.com

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For when you want to give up

 

A PRAYER

For when you want to write the resignation letter,
Want to skip town
Give up on this campaign, this job, this congregation, this community, this family.
Start a new life slinging brunch. On a beach. Definitely on a beach. Specializing in sunny side up eggs on buttered toast and mango smoothies.
Never think about justice, covenant, love, heartbreak. Just about all the yellows of sun and egg and mango.
Spirit, give us the long view.
We are only here because someone refused to give up on this campaign, this job, this congregation, this community, this family.
Give us perspective, humor, a break.
Give us teammates who we can tell the truth to.
Give us faith, honesty, mangoes. 
May we dig down past the giving up, Find the grit to get through.

I had the privilege to hear two leading activists speak in August—Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Janaya Khan, founder of Black Lives Matter Canada.

During the discussion, Janaya Khan was praised by an audience member for being “remarkable” because they had persisted in challenging white supremacy despite fierce opposition. They said in response: “You don’t have to be remarkable to do this work; you become remarkable when you do this work.

Patrisse Cullers was asked what keeps her going—how can she persist in the struggle for collective liberation day after day, year after year?

Being on the right side of  history,” she remarked quietly.

Let’s all be on the right side of history.

Come out this week. Attend tomorrow night’s anti-racism workshop at First Unitarian. March with us in Saturday’s fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace.

Become remarkable.

Jeff

 

Welcome to Peace Week Delaware

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The second annual Peace Week Delaware starts today with a 3:00 march and rally in Lewes, organized by the Lewes-Rehoboth Peace Week Coalition. This will be followed by 60 events across Delaware for the following eight days. The full online schedule is here.

Of particular interest to members of First Unitarian Church are:

“I Am Not a Racist”—
Confronting Race, Racism, and White Supremacy!

In this 2-hour facilitated workshop, participants will explore white privilege and structural racism in society through their personal experiences of race. Questions include: How does white supremacy affect all of us—and not just black and brown people? What can we do to combat racism in our personal lives, workplaces, and government structures?

Where: First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead St, Wilmington, DE, 19803
When: 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 20
Sponsored by: Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow & First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Questions?: Darlene Scott, darlenescott99@gmail.com

 

4th Annual March for a Culture of Peace

Let’s bring everyone together—city and suburban; black, brown and white; Anglo, African, and Hispanic; native-born and immigrant, advantaged and disadvantaged; Christian, Muslim and Jew; young and old; people of all political views—to show that we are one community opposed to violence, murder, poverty, racism, and exclusion. This is our fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace.

Where: March begins and ends in Wilmington’s Rodney Square, 10th & Market, Wilmington, DE, 19801,followed by A Day of Peace
What: A peace march through Wilmington’s West side/Hilltop neighborhood, ending in a rally.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, steps off at 11:30 a, return 12:30 pm, followed by Day of Peace
Questions?: Medard Gabel, mg@depaceminterris.org, 302-656-2721
Sponsored byMovement for a Culture of Peace
Volunteers needed: contact march@peaceweekdelaware.org