YWCA Equity Institute | January 2019 E-News
SPEAK UP on things that matter
Never have we needed the influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more than right now. Our nation is facing verbal, physical and political threats to people of color, immigrants, refugees, women and our LGBTQ+ community.

It is our collective job to not only be in solidarity with those feeling these threats, but also to move our governing bodies at every level to enforce laws and policies that ensure equal treatment and access.

Dr. King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” We are surrounded by opportunities to speak up, and to strengthen our skills and/or knowledge in order to do it with authority and clarity. Please consider which of these will support you in working for equity.
Finding courage on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
by Tiffany McDowell, Equity Institute Director

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on courage. So much of my work has been to educate myself and others about fairness, justice and equity; what these words mean and how we can achieve them. But something we don’t talk enough about is why this work is so difficult – fear.

Equity Summit: save the date

We are excited to announce the Equity Summit's keynote speaker Dr. Gail C. Christopher and this year's theme: " The way forward: through healing to transformation ."

April 10, 5:30-7:30 pm @ Hardin Hall, Northwestern University

April 11, 8:00 am-3:30 pm @ Beth Emet Synagogue

We hope you can join us!. Please stay tuned for registration and more details.
Join us for an informal conversation

Feb 5, 1:30-2:30 pm: YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Feb 19, Noon-1:00 pm:   Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St, Skokie

Our February meeting at Curt's Cafe is cancelled.

Learn more about Let's Talk @ Lunch here .
Equity workshops that work with your schedule
Please help us create the schedule that works best for most of you. Take three minutes to answer this quick survey about times and content of workshops. We’d like to get our February – April schedule set.
Upcoming community events
Jan. 18, 7:00-8:15 p MLK Day Racial Equity Shabbat Service at Jewish Reconstruction Congregation.

Jan. 19, 10:00-11:30 am  Evanston 4 All hosts an “ Upstander Training ” for those who would like to feel more confident about how to respond when someone is being targeted by bigotry.

Jan 19 , Noon  City of Evanston MLK Celebration commemorates not only Dr. King's legacy, but the legacy of ALL those who marched, sat-in, went to jail, were beaten or killed while protesting for justice and equality for everyone. Bring the family to this day of remembrance and celebration: music, spoken word, and an inspiring message from an ETHS student keynote speaker. At Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. Evanston.

Jan. 21 : Noon – 4:00 pm  Skokie United sponsors an MLK Unity Rally at Skokie Public Library.

Jan. 21 , 2:00-3:30 pm  Diverse Communities United 2019: “ Because of Them, I Can ” Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) hosts their 13th celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan. 22 , 5:30 – 8:00 pm Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago will celebrate the National Day of Racial Healing at the National Museum of Mexican Art by featuring local stories from members of the design teams who will share a reflection on how they have been impacted by racialized experiences.

Jan. 24, 5:00 – 6:30 pm   Patrice Cullors , co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will be in conversation at Northwestern University with Professor E. Patrick Johnson, Chair of the Department of African American Studies and Carlos Montezuma, Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies. Q&A will follow the talk.

Jan. 25, 7:00-8:30 pm David Blight, PhD., Professor of History and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, speaks on “ Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom ” at ETHS. Presented by Family Action Network (FAN).

Feb 12, 6:30-8:30 pm : Discuss Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” at Dear Evanston’s Racial Justice Book Group .
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