Social Justice Events and Readings


    • Link to book description Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America , 2017 by James Forman, Jr.

      Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.  

    • Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

This title wil be part of the “DIVERSITY READS BOOK CLUB” PLATO Spring Semester


The Diversity Committee has compiled a list of events and recommended readings related to issues of inequity, diversity and injustice in the greater Madison area to promote a culturally inclusive learning environment in PLATO.  We hope to develop additional materials and welcome your suggestions. Contact Committee Co- Chairs Kathy Michaelis (ksmichaelis@gmail.com) or Rick Orton (rickorton@tds.net) for the Diversity Committee meeting schedule.

 


71 YEARS WITHOUT A COUNTRY

2019 North America Nakba Tour


  • Monday, April 22nds, 
  • 7:00 pm,
  • Old Red Gym, 716 Langdon St

For more information visit Madison-Rafah.org or see the face book event

 

Mariam Fathalla was just 18 years old in 1948 when her 4,000 year old village was leveled and she was forced to flee Palestine along with hundreds of thousands of others to make way for the establishment of the State of Israel. For the past 71 years she has lived in crowded, makeshift refugee camps in Lebanon. Now an 89-year-old great-grandmother, she has seen five Israeli invasions of Lebanon, as well as the 1976 Tel al-Zaatar massacre that killed more than 2000 refugees. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear Mariam’s eye-witness story and learn the true story of the event that Palestinians call the Nakba (catastrophe). She will be joined by 24-year-old Palestinian journalist and translator Amena ElAskhar, herself the great-granddaughter of Nakba survivors. Co-sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, and WUD Society and Politics.  Welcomed by WORT Radio.


MRSCP and UW Students for Justice in Palestine will be co-sponsoring a Madison appearance of the 2019 North America Nakba Tour featuring Um Akram (Mariam Fathalla), an 89-year-old Palestinian refugee, and Amena ElAshkar, a fourth-generation refugee, both from Lebanon.


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WHY IT'S SO HARD FOR WHITE PEOPLE

TO TALK ABOUT RACISM


    

  • Monday, April 22,
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • at the First Unitarian Society of Madison, 900 University Bay Dr.
  • Robin DiAngelo, author of “What Does it Mean to be White,” will present a free keynote about her new book, “White Fragility.”
  • Hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin 


This talk by the author will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and provides the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more equitable racial practices.

This event is co-hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin, RISE, formerly Community Partnerships & Center for Families, Groundwork, First Unitarian Society of Madison, James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Willy Street Co-op, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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ANNUAL SPRING POWWOW, 2019


  • Grand Entrance 1 pm and 7 pm
  • Doors open at 11 am
  • Saturday, Apr 27th, 2019
  • Madison College Truax Campus
    • Redsten Gymnasium
    • 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI
  • General Admission: $5.00
  • (Elders 55 and over are Free); 
  • (Children 5 and under are Free)

Organizer:

Contact: Katie Ackley

Phone: 608-616-3487

Email: kmackley@madisoncollege.edu


REGISTER

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Recommended Reading

The Diversity Committee hopes to make additional recommendations in the future - we welcome your suggestions. (Contact ksmichaelis@gmail.com)

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Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America , 2017 

by James Forman Jr. 


  • Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
  • Long-listed for the National Book Award
  • Finalist, Current Interest Category, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
  • One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017
  • Short-listed for the Inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice


Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.  


Well written putting our current situation in historical context.


https://www.amazon.com/Locking-Up-Our-Own-Punishment/dp/0374189978


Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League – but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up – way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty police officer beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

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