an upcoming event that is likely to be of interest to people involved in anti-racism work. The Vashon Resettlement Committee is sponsoring a community event on Friday, November 18, 6-8 PM at the Presbyterian Church, to examine the refugee resettlement process and experience in Washington. This is an opportunity to learn about the VRC’s work and hear experts discuss the issues and challenges of immigrants who are making the transition to local communities. Participants will also enjoy Middle Eastern foods prepared by members of Seattle’s Syrian community!
We are hoping for a good turnout from the social justice community because we know that many of you share our concern about the dire situation faced by refugees who are attempting to escape the violence enveloping their home countries. Vashon actively participated in sponsoring refugees in the past; we hope that you will respond compassionately to the desperate needs of those seeking to resettle in the U.S. now.
The event will take place at the Vashon Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students). For further information and to obtain tickets, please go to the VRC website: http://www.vashonresettlement.org
Save the DATE: Defeating Racism Today: What Does it Take?
Humanities Washington speaker Eva Abram initiates a conversation about institutionalized racism, and what can be done to eradicate it. Co-presented with Sustainable Vashon. October 20, 7PM, Kay White Hall. Free Admission.
To all of you who participated in our launch of Vashon Reads on Thursday, thank you for being part of this initiative. To those of you who weren’t able to come but who have expressed interest in staying involved, there are many ways to participate.
Share our extensive resource list: Vashon_Reads_-_6.19.16.pdf Please send us additons, particularly for our latest section entitled "Projects & Programs".
Keep the conversation going by reading our selected books as well as other books on racism & white privilege.
You can purchase many of them at Vashon Bookshop or check them out at the Vashon Library.
Happy in our Skin, Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns, These Hands,
Abuela (English and Spanish)
Migrant, Mr. Lincoln’s Way
Teen – Adult:
All American Boys
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Watch this youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpUouaQeUwA White American’s as catalysts for racial justice | Carmen Henne-Ochoa | TEDxBucknellUniversity
Vashon Reads is part of an island-wide movement to acknowledge and address racism on Vashon and beyond. It emerged from outrage over the murders of innumerable people-of-color nationwide, racist events locally, and confusion about the role white people, in particular, have to play in advocating for racial equity.
Ann Braden, a newspaper journalist, who lived from 1924-2006, wrote,
"The battle is and always has been a battle for the hearts and minds of white people in this country.The fight against racism is our issue. It’s not something that we’re called on to help People of Color with. We need to become involved with it as if our lives depended on it because really, in truth, they do.”
Come meet your neighbors, join the conversation, buy books, and explore ways to make Vashon a welcoming place for all.
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