Sunday, July 19, 2015

Danville Founder's Donation

The first Founder's Donation Event was a success! We raised $92.80.

Number in attendance: 5
Average donation per: $18.56

Thank you donors!

Besides excellent refreshments, we got to hear from Reverend Ann about her experience taking the training in NY.

Having previous participants share their story is a valuable tool for educating our leaders about what Undoing Racism® is and isn't-- what I take from my research, interviews, and participants accounts is that it is not the answer, but it is a tool. A tool to understand what racism is, how it was constructed and how it can shed light on racial disparities in our communities.The work is ours to change structures and behaviors in our communities that perpetuate racism- and ultimately 'undo-racism.'

Obvious members who may benefit from the training include hiring managers, police, school employees, and service organizations.

Generating discussion and comfort around the issue of racism is a key first step to engaging the community.

Bridging conservative/liberal divide, and understanding our unique history, and current behaviors of racism is key to addressing disparities in our area. 

Demographics, and statistics of institutional disparities, are effective tools to motivate discussion on racism.

We had a constructive and successful evening at Brews b Bytes. Thanks to all who contributed!

To get more acquainted with efforts to bring Undoing Racism® to Central PA, please join us for a fundraiser or Meet-up. Stay tuned for more fun and engaging events!

Meet Up, Kind Cafe, Sat., Aug 1st at 9:30 am
Share information, organizing strategies, meet others who are working toward similar goals, find partners to work with and support. 

Scheduled talk: 
Aug. 3rd Lewisburg: "Who Are We? Race and Identity in Rural PA."
Monday night Rotary at the Lewisbug Club. Contact Rotary for information.

Monday, July 6, 2015


Dear Community Members,

Thank you for supporting a life changing, and community changing opportunity- Undoing Racism®

National events have brought the problem of inequity back into the spotlight. Do not feel overwhelmed or hopeless. I know the Central Susquehanna Valley to be compassionate, smart, brave, high spirited, and willing to do hard things- together we can solve problems of inequity in our communities, and lead by example for a better tomorrow. 

Undoing Racism® is training provided by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The organization is based in New Orleans, LA, but they have training centers all over the country. Our closest training center is NYC. They have trained over 500,000 people since the 1980’s. Their focus is mostly on institutional leaders of hospitals, schools, police, those in child welfare or the justice system, community organizations, and business owners.

The goal of the training is to reduce institutional inequities through the 10 Principles of Undoing Racism. We are raising funds to bring this intensive two-day training to our area for Undoing Racism® Community Training.

Cost: $18,000
People trained: up to 40 people (about $450 per person)

Training is available across the country, but the closest training to Central PA is about three hours away... sustained interest in the program may lead to a permanent training center in our area.