If you’re in Chicago and would like to practice the fine art of Race Talk, consider attending Despierta: Conversations on Race and Ethnicity on Friday, Spetember 6th.
This is the first of several events that I am helping to organize in collaboration with Unieros: An Internaitonal Community of Friends. Based in Chicago, Unieros hosts multicultural events that showcase cross-cultural exchange. Unieros’ goal is to build a community of people from diverse backgrounds, including artists, academics, and business people, to promote change for equality and justice in diverse communities.
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, endemic violence and school closings in Chicago, we’ve decided to begin a series of open discussions on these issues. The goals are
- To facilitate an ongoing, critical discussion about racial disparities and ethnic tensions in Chicago, the country, and the world.
- To provide a venue for people to educate themselves on these issues.
- To foster a sense of community among concerned citizens and empower ourselves to influence positive social change by starting where we are.
Hope you can join us, and stay tuned for future events in this series.