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´╗┐As we head into the weekend (though it is often difficult to now what day it is) I wanted to send this reminder for our meeting next Tuesday. We are really looking forward to this meeting...it is going to be fascinating and I, for one, am going to spend at least part of the weekend reading, watching and listening to the recommendations below. I so look forward to seeing all of you there and cannot wait for the day when we can gather together again...Lita

Undoing Racism: Commitment to Change


Tuesday, July 21
6:00 pm
Zoom link:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87598620956

 


The evening program will offer presentations by Black leaders in our community about racism, anti-racism, and social accountability. As members of DemOC Pac, most of us are currently engaged in extensive reading and the watching of documentaries, seeking to take advantage of this moment in history to educate ourselves and raise our level of consciousness about racism. We strive to use our white privilege for the good and seek a better way forward. The presentations will focus on ways we can contribute to the formation of a just and equitable society, with a focus on what actions can be taken here in O.C.
 

Our presenters are:



Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Williamson

, pastor of Christ Our Redeemer (COR), African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), in Irvine
 
Gianna Drake-Kerrison, First Vice President-Wealth Management, Kerrison Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Newport Beach
 
Dr. Fred Calhoun, President, NAACP, Orange County Branch, Santa Ana
 
Kelsey Brewer, Chair, Orange County Young Democrats
 

In preparation for our Zoom meeting, here a few of the plethora of available resources for your educational journey:
 
Suggested Reading:
 Imani Perry, "Racism is Terrible: Blackness is Not," The Atlantic, June 15, 2020 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/racism-terrible-blackness-not/613039/

Momtaza Mehri, "Anti-racism requires so much more than 'checking your privilege,'" The Guardian, July 7, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/07/anti-racism-checking-privilege-anti-blackness
 
Betsy Hodges, "As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change," The New York Times, July 9, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/opinion/minneapolis-hodges-racism.html?smid=em-share
 
Caroline Randall Williams, "You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument," The New York Times, June 26, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html
 
Watch:
 13th, Ava DuVernay's documentary, which takes an in-depth look at the criminal justice system in the U.S. and its roots in slavery, available on Netflix
 
Just Mercy, a biographical legal drama co-written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, on Netflix
 
Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, PBS TV mini-series, written and hosted by Henry Louis Gate, Jr. Series
 
Listen:
 "Rethinking American Policing, Terry Gross with James Lartey," NPR Fresh Air
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/10/874178891/rethinking-american-policing#:~:text=Rethinking%20American%20Policing%20%3A%20Fresh%20Air%20We%20talk%20with%20%E2%80%8Bjournalist,wasn't%20always%20this%20way.
 
"Brené with Austin Channing Brown on I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness," Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-austin-channing-brown-on-im-still-here-black-dignity-in-a-world-made-for-whiteness/
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Thank you to all who have made donations to DemOC PAC. With less than four months to go until the election, time is critical. Our plans are to "max out" to our local Congressional representatives and give as much as possible to Senate candidates around the country. I will send a separate email about that shortly. But there is no doubt that we must, must must win the Senate, keep the House and remove Donald Trump from office. Another four years is not possible.



While sheltering relatively alone, together we shoulder this burden for our society and the country we love. We shoulder it for the brothers and sisters in our country who have never been treated fairly or equally. We have cringed and cried and marched with them. We may not know exactly what they are feeling but we know what we feel about them. We want this to end. We want equality and fairness.

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