Chablis Dandridge, born to a 17-year old single mother and raised in Newark, NJ, had many lessons early on about the harsh realities of life. By 18, he had dropped out of school, suffered 4 gunshot wounds, was paralyzed from the waist down, fathered two children, was institutionalized for mental health concerns and found himself living in and out of jail. While in prison, Chablis received a college degree and Paralegal Certification, learned Spanish, focused on prison reform advocacy and community outreach work, and authored 5 books. Today he lives in Charlotte, NC, speaks publicly on human rights and works tirelessly on recidivism and youth reformation programs.
Date/Time: Sunday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.
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Thursday July 16,2020- 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topic: "Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice", TEDxRainier
Presenter: Dr. Megan Ming Francis, Political Scientist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington
Dr. Francis asks; "why does the killing of unarmed blacks continue to happen?" She makes an urgent case for a new approach to these tragic deaths, explaining that we need to look at the deeper causes of systemic racism rather than settle for easy fixes.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020, 6:00PM
CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall: "How To Explain Racism to Kids"- Two Parts: CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with Sesame Street to present a Town Hall discussion designed for parents and children (grandparents and grandchildren) about coming together and Standing up Against Racism. Link to both videos through CNN.com (Sesame Street Town Hall-Racism). Please watch in advance. Discussion on Zoom using ID and Password above. Children invited to be a part of the discussion also. Led by Rachel McKinney.
Topic for June 25, 2020- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" (click on this link to watch). Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools speaks to the presence and impact of white privilege that plays in our everyday lives as a hypothetical line of justice. Please watch TED TALK Prior to our Zoom Meeting.
Dynamic music duo Linda Larson and Bill Pelto wowed everyone at June 7th Sunday Service with their rendition of Comfort Me. View the video here.
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