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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

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

When: Sunday, March 1 at 4PM, Monday, March 2nd at 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

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. 



Where: Racine Public Library

When: Monday, April 27, 2020

Where: Racine Public Library

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 , Time TBD

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.


When: Through Out April 2020

More Details Soon!

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

Always in Action


Online Resources about Racism

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

2. Equal Justice Initiative

3. Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice | TED Talk

4. The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus

5. International Institute for Restorative Practices

6. The blog by Dr. Donald

7. Black History Month


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

7. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


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



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

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

Whose History: Deconstructing systemic racism and Social Exclusion

  • Friday , February 14, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
  • Dr. Heather Kind-Keppel
  • UW-Parkside, Student Center,
  • Ballroom, Kenosha

Postcolonial Feminism Talk

Black Student Union Presents Third Annual Essence Ball

  • February 19th, 2020
  • 9 pm - 12 a.m.
  • Parkside

Selma film

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 @6PM
  • UW-Parkside, Student Center, Cinema, Kenosha

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 12 pm
  • UW-Parkside, The Rita, Bedford Concert Hall, Kenosha

Them: Images of Separation

Dr. David Pilgrim , Curator Presentations

Annual Love & Justice Breakfast

BONK! 135: Black History Month Read-In

2020 Black Heritage Celebration

Great Re-Imagining: Day of Reflection

Save the Date


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!