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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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
Thursday, October 24, 6pm – 8pm, Seeing White podcast discussion, Episodes 8 – 10 Aroma Cafe, 1122 4th St., San Rafael
Join us for a guided discussion of the episodes 8, 9, & 10 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?
Thursday, October 24 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
“Corrections Needed! Criminal Justice Inequity By Race and Class”
ACLU Northern California, Marin County Chapter
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Center for Domestic Peace, 734 A Street, San Rafael
A great panel of justice experts and advocates will be interviewed by Peter B. Collins, longtime social justice commentator and radio host.
- Lori Frugoli – Marin’s District Attorney
- Tony Platt – historian of mass incarceration
- Anne Stuhldreher – Director of the Financial Justice Project for the City and County of San Francisco
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!