Open Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism
Who are we?
Opening Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism “was planned as a yearlong faith based series of events beginning in January 2020. The occurrence of the pandemic caused a number of events to be canceled. We have decided to continue the Series throughout the fall of 2020 and into 2021.
Series will continue to 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 us and individuals and the systems of racism in our country.
The Series began with Voices of Justice Speaker, Milton Dockery and the multimedia live production of “Tolton: From Slave to Priest. We will launch the continuation of the Series with Implicit Bias training on September 19, 2020. Further offerings are still being planned but include additional Voices of Justice speakers as well as other opportunities to help us as individuals and as a community to grow in our understanding of racism and support addressing the dismantling of systems of racisms.
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.
Registration and Recaps
Presenter: Ana Garcia-Ashley
Position: Executive Director, Gamaliel Foundation
Date: 12/12/2020 at 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Ana Garcia-Ashley’s family moved from the Dominican Republic to New York City during the 1960s, fleeing the chaos that followed the murder of three activists who opposed dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Her family’s safe passage was, to Garcia-Ashley, a miracle—the first sign that she had a divine mission to fulfill. Garcia-Ashley attended Catholic and public schools in the South Bronx, then moved to New Mexico to study at Highlands University. Longing for a welcoming environment among Latinos, she was shocked when her first experience was getting hit by an egg and called “nigger” in Spanish.
Ana graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver, and began her career in Denver in 1981, where she organized The Concerned Citizens of Westwood. She affiliated with the Metropolitan Organization for People in 1982 and went on to work on local and state campaigns, including enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act and affordable public services.
Intensely interested in the intersection of politics and faith, Ana attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver to develop a foundation for organizing congregations. During her theological studies and organizing, Ana’s conviction deepened that organizing was a divine calling for her—the purpose of the miracle that allowed her and her family to safely emigrate from the Dominican Republic to the United States.
Ana began her work in Gamaliel in the early 1990s, as Lead Organizer of MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope). During her tenure there, the organization won a $500 million reinvestment commitment from the city’s banks. Ana was also the founding organizer for WISDOM, the Gamaliel-affiliated Wisconsin state organization. She has been a member of the Gamaliel central staff for nearly two decades, serving as senior trainer at Gamaliel’s National Leadership Training and co-director of the Civil Rights for Immigrants campaign.
In 2009, Ana was named Associate Director, becoming Executive Director in 2012. Under her leadership the organization’s Fire of Faith campaign is on track to save or create nearly 1 million jobs over 3 years, while also rekindling the 1,000 interfaith congregations that belong to Gamaliel’s affiliate organizations through community organizing.
Ana’s deep sense of organizing as a ministry, her interest in the relationship between faith and politics, and her status as a naturalized immigrant dovetail perfectly with the goal of Gamaliel to be “a community of people living out our faith and values to collectively transform our communities and bring about justice locally, nationally and globally.”
She splits her home life between Franklin, Wisconsin and Atlanta, Georgia. She is married and has two daughters. She is a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
Postponed: Just Mercy Film Presentation
Where: Racine Public Library
Postponed: Just Mercy Discussion
Where: Racine Public Library
Implicit Bias Training with David Liners, Executive Director for Wisdom, and Catoya Roberts, Former Wisdom Associate State Director
When: September 19th
- Free Will Offering
David Liners is the Executive Director for WISDOM, a Wisconsin network of faith- based organizations, part of the international Gamaliel Foundation. WISDOM is a multi- issue, grassroots organization. Though its roots are in the faith community (congregations belonging to 19 different religious traditions participate in WISDOM), WISDOM has broadened its participation in recent years. Some notable recent evolutions of WISDOM has been the formation of EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing) under the WISDOM umbrella and the increased leadership within the network of Native American people, Immigrants, and Transit-dependent people.
Over the past fifteen years, Liners has overseen the growth of the statewide network from three to twelve diverse, interfaith local organizations in Wisconsin. His duties include leadership training, supervision of organizing staff, and work with local and state leadership groups to develop solid organizing plans. He has developed models for building new projects, for moving start-up projects into long-term stability, and re- organizing projects in need of re-vitalization.
He holds a BA from Marquette University (Political Science and Theology, Magna Cum Laude), a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from St. Mary of the Lake University
Catoya Roberts is the national network coordinator for Advancement Project National Office’s Formation project where she works to build and sustain a racially diverse coalition of partners. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Catoya was an associate director at WISDOM, a statewide faith-based organizing nonprofit.
Catoya’s faith and love for people led her into the world of organizing and she’s been part of the movement for more than 10 years. She is a trainer and facilitator in the areas of mass incarceration, civic engagement, youth organizing, public health (health equity) and race equity. Catoya was appointed by the governor of Wisconsin to the Public Health Commission to represent the people of Wisconsin and is also a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Cultural of Health Leaders Program.
Catoya is one of the Co-Founders of FREE. FREE is a campaign of EXPO (Ex People Organizing) but for impacted and formerly incarcerated women and girls. She is an associate minister at New Covenant Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI and was raised in Milwaukee, WI, she attended Hampton University.
This is being offered online via Zoom. Once you are registered you will receive a link to join the training and the advanced materials needed for this training. If you have never joined a Zoom meeting, there is a short webinar introduction: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting.
Implicit Bias Training Notes
YouTube videos used during the Implicit Bias Training presentation:
Unconscious Bias at Work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW5s_-Nl3JE
Systemic Racism Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ&vl=en
The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQo-yYhExw0 Ta-Nehisi Coates on Criminal Justice
Putting into action “Do the Work”
Recall a story of; when, where and how your Bias was displayed
Find your trigger – the stories you tell should help you- What triggered your thoughts, moods, meetings, communications i.e. e-mail an upcoming meetings or quick decisions
Slow down, take three deep breaths, turn off the fight or flight mechanism momentarily – This is where we can connect pre-meetings and how we choose leaders and assign roles – create an environment not so emotionally or urgency charged
Do something differently
• Engage someone different from the like you bias
• Engage unlikely groups of people
• Experience opinions of disengaged people and communities
It’s a cycle;
• Cue- know your bias and its triggers
• Routine – make it a practice, a standard and breathe
• Reward – better relationships, a reimagined organization, board or taskforce
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
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
8. Be Bomb Book Club
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Becoming by Michele Obama
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice 2017 Paul Kivel
Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race 2015 Derald Wing Sue
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race 2014 Debby Irving \
How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood 2016 Jim Grimsley
Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories 2015 Eddie Moore (Editor), Marguerite W. Penick-Parks (Editor), Ali Michael (Editor)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America 2017 Ibram X. Kendi
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race 2017 Beverly Daniel Tatum
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Jim Wallis, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration 2011 Isabel Wilkerson
How to Be an Antiracist, 1919 by Ibram X. Kendi
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, 2017 Ta-Nehisi Coates
Caste The Origins of Our Discontents 2020 Isabel Wilkerson
Disintegration, Eugene Robinson
Evicted, Matthew Desmond
Can We Talk About Race? Beverly Tatum
Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson
Teaching Tolerance www.tolerance.org
The Deep, 2019 Rivers Solomon and others
Home, 2012 Toni Morrison
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance, 2020 Zora Neale Hurston
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? 2018 N. K. Jemisin
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, 2013 Stephen L. Carter
The Underground Railroad 2016 Colson Whitehead
The Nickel Boys, 2019 Colson Whitehead
Trilogy: Train Whistle Guitar, 1974 Albert Murray
The Spyglass Tree, 1991 Albert Murray
The Seven League Boots, 1997 Albert Murray
Sing, Unburied, Sing, 2017 Jesmyn Ward
Some Sing, Some Cry, 2010 Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
Speaking of Summer, 2019 Kalisha Buckhanon
Song of the Shank, 2014 Jeffery Renard Allen
An Unconditional Freedom, 2019 Alyssa Cole
The Water Dancer, 2019 Ta-Nehisi Coates
Such a Fun Age, 2019 Kiley Reid
Americana, 2014 Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
Brown Girl Dreaming, 2016 Jaqueline Woodson
Faith Based Resources
1. DENOUNCING RACISM A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles
2. Prayer for the Elimination of Racism
INVITATION TO BRAVE SPACE
by Micky ScottBey Jones
Together we will create brave space
Because there is no such thing as a "safe space"
We exist in the real world.
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere.
We call each other to more truth and love.
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect.
This space will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be
It will be our brave pace together,
We will work on it side by side.