Community Dialogue: Healing Racism

Thursday, October 20th, 6pm to 8pmMichaelann and Louis
@ the Holyoke Library,
250 Chestnut Street
Facilitated by Louis Mitchell & Michaelann Bewsee
 
This event is intended to create space for people in the local community to come together in recognition of ongoing violence against black people in our nation, and to talk about our own roles in healing racism.
 
We will have the opportunity to explore systemic racism, white privilege, and other issues requiring personal examination in order to make change and not be complicit with the harms being done (though we know, going in, that time will run short and this dialogue will need to be just one of many).
 
Although open to anyone,
this dialogue will particularly be geared toward white individuals,
as it is those of us who benefit most from whiteness that bear the greatest
responsibility for undoing its power. 
 
For more about Louis and Michaelann, click "read more" below.
About Louis: Pioneering "“intentional man”, elder, and advocate, who serves as the consultant for community engagement for the Transfaith™/Interfaith Working Group and as an Assistant Minister for South Congregational Church in Springfield, MA. He has been involved in the fight for health, respect, and self-determination since the early 1980’s, with deep engagement in political, mental health, recovery, and black church contexts.
About Michaelann: Co-founder of Arise for Social Justice, a multi-issue, anti-oppression organization based in Springfield, MA, as well as a single mom of 2 daughters and longtime activist for social change on anti-war, anti-nuclear and Central American Solidarity issues. Michaelann shares: “Learning to be not only against oppression, but also an active ally is never-ending, and I still have much to learn!”