Last Wednesday (February 21) 32 people gathered at the LBJ Presidential library to learn about Study Circles Resource Center’s Fighting Racism in a Diverse Nation organizing materials. They represented a wide variety of organizations including United Way Capital Area, YWCA, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, the University of Texas, Power to the Youth, The Freedom and Justice Foundation, and No Place for Hate. Led by two capable Study Circles staff, Carolyne Abdullah and Sue McCormick, the day consisted of a practice study circle facilitated by volunteers recruited on the spot, time to talk about the current efforts to address racism in Austin, and time to plan for next steps.
I’ve added Facing Racism as a new project on our web site and I’ve added a section to our Resources page where I will upload documents (power point presentations, minutes of planning meetings, announcements about events) to our web site. You’ll notice that I’ve also added Facing Racism as a category of this blog to make it easy to sort information related to this project. Based on the energy of the group at the end of the day, and the connections people were making as they made their way to the parking lot, there will be next steps. You can keep apprised of this project by subscribing to the Texas Forums Newsletter.
I invite participants from the organizing clinic to share their reflections!