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Social Justice Events and Readings

Caire lists over 100 reports and news articles about racial disparities in Madison dating back to 1931.  You don't have to read each news article - just the titles tell the story.
  • Lectures and Events:

None scheduled at this time.

Listen to a conversation with owners of SHORT STACK EATERY - you know they have great food - now hear their view of "the intersection of community justice, business and becoming a 'would-be' white ally." July 30, 2018 Black Like Me podcast by Alex Gee.  (Note: if the podcast does not begin playing automatically when you click on the link above, search for episode #25 then manually click the 'play' icon.)

    • Movies to Enjoy on a cold winter night - all with a racial equity theme

    Recommended Reading

    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 make additional recommendations in the future - we welcome your suggestion. Contact Committee Co- Chairs Kathy Michaelis (ksmichaelis@gmail.com) or Rick Orton (rickorton@tds.net).  


    by Ibram X. Kendi, Published by One World, 2019

    Kendi is a on a mission to push those of us who believe we are not racists, who support ideas and policies affirming that the “the racial groups are equal in all their apparent differences—that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group”. This is a 21st century manual of racial ethics.

    Kendi is also the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, 2017.

    New York Times Bestselle

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    Designing for Everyone

    by Sinead Burke

    An Address to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in 2019

    12 minutes


    Academic, teacher, writer and advocate, Sinéad Burke works to accelerate systemic change within the domains of diversity, education, inclusion, design and disability. Ms. Burke consults within the fashion, architecture and design industries to ensure that spaces and products are accessible to all.  She speaks here of her experiences in becoming a teacher despite being discouraged from doing so because of her stature, and interaction with the clothing and fashion industries to illuminate how innovative thinking and design are needed to benefit everyone.  

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    Why Design Should Include Everyone

    by Sinead Burke

    An Address to the Annual World Economic Forum

    TED Talk     

    10 minutes

    Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it's like to navigate the world as a little person and asks: "Who are we not designing for?"


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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.


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