America’s history of racial inequality continues to undermine fair treatment, equal justice, and opportunity for many Americans. The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) believes we must acknowledge the truth about our history before we can heal: truth and reconciliation are sequential.
As a nation, we have not yet acknowledged our history of racial injustice, including the genocide of Native people, the legacy of slavery and racial terror, and the legally-supported abuse of racial minorities.
When we engage truthfully with our history, we are better equipped to address contemporary issues ranging from mass incarceration, immigration, and human rights to how we think and talk about cultural moments and icons.
EJI designed A History of Racial Injustice as a set of tools for learning more about people and events in American history that are critically important but not well known. This digital experience highlights events on this day in history with rich detail and intuitive sharing features. Find the daily /monthly calendar here.
Racial Justice Events in Marin
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Film & Conversation
2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Saturday, September 21, 3-4:30pm
A free program for adults led by SURJ Marin
Join us for two short films on restorative justice and engage in conversation with Don Carney of Marin Youth Court, Marin District Attorney Lori Frugoli, and SURJ leadership about the school-to-prison pipeline and discuss how policies and procedures can be improved to stop the cycle.
Sunday, September 22, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Racial Justice Book Discussion: How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society. Find more information on these discussions here. Location: San Rafael Library, 1100 E St.
Social Justice Movie Night: “The Public”
Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Marin City
Tuesday, September 24 • 6:00 pm
In “The Public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
Fight for $15
Novato City Council – 922 Machin Ave
Tuesday, September 24 • 6:00 pm
The Novato City Council is considering a $15/hour minimum wage and your voice matters on this important issue! North Bay cities are joining the ‘Fight for $15’ movement. Sonoma approved the first citywide minimum wage law in June 2019 and Petaluma passed the second in July. Learn about this issue here.
Thursday, September 26, 6pm – 8pm, Seeing White podcast discussion, Episodes 5, 6 & 7 Aroma Cafe, 1122 4th St., San Rafael
Join us for a guided discussion of the episodes 5, 6 & 7 of the excellent and eye-opening podcast series Seeing White from SceneOnRadio. We ask that you listen to the podcast episodes, and we will talk together about them and the information learned. Unfamiliar with podcasts? Don’t worry! You can listen to the episodes on a computer HERE, or you can search it on your podcast app on iPhone, iTunes or Android. RSVP here Bring a friend and join the conversation!
Hear the series at www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/ Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?
September 26 – October 20
Sovereignty at Marin Theatre Company
Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, confronts the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval Office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma—Sovereignty travels the powerful intersections of personal and political truths; bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future. Information and tickets found here
“At a time when the current President of the United States thinks that the Trail of Tears is nothing more than a joke he can use as a political weapon, it is critical that Americans learn about the attempt, and failure, of President Andrew Jackson to completely eradicate my Nation and all Cherokee Nation citizens on the Trail of Tears. We are still here today, and I am so thankful that Marin Theatre Company is giving me the chance to share a story that most Americans have never heard.” — Mary Kathryn Nagle
Sunday, September 29 • 1 – 3 pm What the @*&# is SURJ????
We answer your questions and invite you to join the conversation — come join us! Please register online at http://surjmarin.org/what-the-bleep/
Have you been curious about SURJ Marin? Join us for an afternoon dedicated to learning more about our values, our mission, and what we’ve been up to in Marin, and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.
SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.
- Connect with other Marin residents interested in racial justice.
- Practice having courageous conversations about race.
- Join in a local collective action to support racial equity.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
Saturday, October 5, 6 – 11 pm, 2nd Annual CommUNITY Gala benefitting the Multicultural Center of Marin. An evening of cultural celebration including performances from around the world, multi-ethnic cuisine, community awards, and dancing. Purchase tickets here. Location: Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Sunday, October 27, 3:00 – 4:30. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet, Racial Justice Book discussion: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X with Alex Haley.
Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself “the angriest Black man in America” relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.
An established classic of modern America, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” was hailed by the New York Times as “Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book.” Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X’s life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared. Find more information on these discussions here.
Find news on upcoming events and actions throughout the Bay Area at SURJ Bay Area’s website!