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Dominican Center for Justice Resources

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Dominican Center for Justice Resources (DCJR) website. I am excited to introduce you to this pilot project of the Racine Dominican Sisters, Associates, Sponsored Ministries and Mission Partners. The project is our first attempt to bring together the various resources we have been given and developed and to share them mutually with the broader civic and religious community for the building up of God’s ‘kindom’ here now and into our future.

The vision of the DCJR is: Igniting hearts to build communities in keeping with God’s vision of truth and justice. The Center’s Mission is: The Dominican Center for Justice Resources provides leaven for individuals, groups, and organization to increase their capacity to promote the dignity and worth of each person and to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable and oppressed.

The inaugural project of the Dominican Center is a year-long series entitled “Opening Your Hearts and Minds to End Racism.” The Series is being created through the efforts of a diverse, city-wide planning committee. Further information about the Series and registration for events and Sacred Conversations are available on this website.

It is wonderful to be collaborating on this project with partners across age, religious and racial divides. It is in building relationships and hearing one another’s stories that we will begin to understand the intrinsic evil of racism and our often unconscious participation in its life today. 

Enjoy exploring the website and utilizing its resources. We share it with you with the goal that “all will be one.”  Stayed tuned for details about other upcoming projects of the Dominican Center for Justice Resources.

Your partner in pursuing justice,

S. Maryann McMahon, OP – President of the Racine Dominican Congregation


Open our Hearts and Minds to End Racism

“Opening Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism “is a yearlong series of events beginning in January 2020.  This faith based Series will provide interactive and multidimensional public events. The Series goal is to increase our understanding of how we think and feel about racism resulting in actions that can help to transform systems of racism. 

2020 offerings include Voices of Justice speakers, structured conversations, a multimedia live production, Tolton: From Slave to Priest, exposure to implicit bias training and a capstone event that is a documentary film- based dialogue series on race. Courageous Actions will also be suggested to participants that will continue to help us address racism.

Throughout the Series the Racine community will be made aware of a wide variety of additional community events, print and multimedia resources for their continued exploration of the topic. Courageous Action opportunities will also be suggested.

Presenter: Milton F.  Dockery

Position:  Instructional Chairman Department History at Milwaukee Area Technical College 

Presentation Title:  "Where do we go from here? A brief history of racism and its impact on American society."

Presentation Date and Time: January 25, 2020  10:00 AM

Location: Gateway Technical College - Great Lakes Room, Racine, WI 53403

Register Online


Where: Siena Center Auditorium [5635 Erie St., Racine WI 53042]

When: Sunday, March 1 at 4PM, Monday, March 2nd at 9:15 AM and 6:30PM

Tolton is an offering from St. Luke’s Production Company. It provides a powerful multi-media live production, filled with music, drama and inspiring performances. It is the remarkable story of the struggles and triumphs of the man who became America's First Black Priest.  It brings a message of hope and healing for the wounds that impact our culture.

Register Online

Presenter: Ana Garcia-Ashley 

Position: Executive Director, Gamaliel Foundation

Date: 12/12/2020 at 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Gateway Technical College, Great Lakes Room, Racine, WI 53403

Register Online

Implicit Bias Training with Rachel Westenberg and Catoya Roberts

Save the Date: April 4, 2020

Time and Location: TBD

Wisdom’s workshop on implicit bias is focused on deepening our understanding of implicit bias and the ways it impedes our ability to connect with people of different races. Workshops will be offered in the fall of 2020. Opportunities to participate will take place in September, October, and November of 2020. 



Author and Developer Katrina Browne Sacred Ground Dialogue Circles are a film-and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.  The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

These will be offered through Siena Retreat Center as a follow up to the “Opening Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism” Series in conjunction with the Episcopal Church.


Always in Action


Conversations About Racism

1. Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice

Print Resources

1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC

3. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

4. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson

5. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 

6. Becoming by Michele Obama


Faith Based Resources

1. DENOUNCING RACISM A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles

2. Prayer for the Elimination of Racism





1. America's Black Holocaust Museum

2. Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum



MLK Day Creative Day of Service January 20, 2020


Investing with a Conscience: Leverage for the Common Good

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020  


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision of the Beloved Community (1st offering in Situations of Substance Series)

Screening of Just Mercy

Are You Living "Laudato Si," Care for Our Common Home?

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Siena Retreat Center, Inc., 5637 Erie Street, Racine, WI


Save the Date

UW-Parkside Rita Tallent Picken Center for the Arts and Humanities

  • Public Presentations by Dr. David Pilgrim, Curator, Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
  • Noon and 5:30 PM, Monday, April 20
  • UW-Parkside

 Them: Images of Separation, a traveling exhibit of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

  • UW-Parkside Rita Tallent Picken Center for the Arts and Humanities
  • Monday, April 20-May 7

Community Connections

Contact Us:

Dominican Center for Justice Resources: Igniting Hearts for Justice
5635 Erie St
Racine, WI 53403
Phone 262 898-4094

Meet the Directors


Ann M. Pratt, OP
"See, I am doing something new!” IS 43:19. As one of the Co-Chairpersons directing the creation of the Dominican Centers it has been inspiring to consider the possibilities for Justice collaborations locally, nationally, and globally.


Mare Wheeler
“Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”  As a co-chair in this Dominican Center, I bring life in migrant camps, homeless shelters and street ministry in springing forth new justice resources!