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A t any CTTT-RVA gathering, virtual or in person, you can expect awesome folks and a robust serving of personal stories, with or without a shared meal. To ensure that we all leave nourished and acknowledged, we ask that you take a look at our  Touchstones .  These serve as a guide to progressive and constructive conversation. The Touchstones, combined with  Circle Process and the guidance of trained facilitators, support the creation of brave and safe space for authentic confidential sharing where intentional listening and vulnerability are valued. When we listen deeply or when we are heard, we feel valued. YOUR STORY, shared in small bites, is like a tasty meal we never want to forget! Thank you for your presence and see you at the table! - Danita Rountree Green
Race was intentionally constructed. Come join us and together let's deconstruct it even more intentionally!
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Join AND Support the work of Coming to the Table RVA
Friends, we are currently considering ways we can contribute as a family to help those in serious need during this time of crisis. NOW more than ever we need to have these cross-racial reconciliation conversations on racial healing. If you are privileged and can help, please do. Here again is an opportunity to be a healing presence. Simply click the DONATE BUTTON to make a tax deductible donation in response to COVID-19.
#21-Day Race Equity Challenge
Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte have made available a 21-Day Race Equity Challenge , adapted from Eddie Moore’s 21 day challenge .

A day of hope, unity, and new life; the day we celebrate the pouring out of the Spirit upon all people and all nations. 

Will you accept the challenge?
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The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
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An appeal to African Americans
This is your chance to be heard!
TAKE THE SURVEY!
 
To all our family,
 
The horrific events of the last few weeks, and the public outcry from citizens of all colors and ages that they triggered, make this the time to act on Reparations! Never in my entire life have I seen a moment when awareness of, and anger about, systemic racism has been more pronounced among Americans of all colors. If we fail to act now, then shame on us.
 
As a true grassroots organization, Coming to the Table - RVA’s first act must be to tap into the opinions of its members and friends, to see how they’d like us to approach the complicated Reparations issue. That’s why I’m urging you to please take just 10 or 15 minutes from your day to answer the survey questions you’ll find at 
 
 
And here’s a special plea from me to my African American family - We need to hear from you!!! Your voices must be heard!!!  Many more white allies have responded to the survey than have blacks, because we tend not to trust surveys, lack decent internet access, or simply aren’t familiar with surveys. I promise you that you can trust this one, and we’ll do just about anything we can to help you complete it.          
 
If you have any questions about why we’re doing the survey or how you can best participate, please contact my CTTT-RVA friend Jerry Swerling, who is managing this project. Reach him by phone at 310-430-8689, or by email at jerry.swerling@gmail.com . We’ve extended the survey deadline until June 19, so there’s plenty of time for you to get this done. 
 
Again, you’ll find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTTT2020. Let’s not miss this opportunity to take action!
 
Gratefully,

Danita Rountree Green
CTTT-RVA Co-CEO
 
Take the Seed Initiative's Skills Survey

Members of CTTT-RVA,

We need your help and support! During this unprecedented time of civil unrest amidst a global pandemic, we must implement a new system for equality and economic growth for those who live on/below the margin. The pre-existing racial, social and economic inequalities have only been further exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Social Education for Economic Development (SEED) Initiative was established to provide education, training and resources that produce economic growth for adults in Virginia. While the need was there long before Covid-19, it is even more essential now that we prepare those adversely affected (mostly minorities), for a post-Corona world.

Here is how you can help. Share!

There is something that we can do together to make a difference for those who desperately need your guidance. We are looking for members willing to share their knowledge, insight and expertise with Master Class-style video recordings that complement our curriculum. The videos will be an invaluable contribution made to our online digital Knowledge Bank. Doing so will make a huge impact in the personal and economic growth of so many lives.

Your professional experience will add comprehensive insight on how to navigate the challenges and barriers that many face while trying to improve their quality of life. We ask that you be willing to share your unique perspective on how to increase skill proficiency in the areas of:

  • Employment (soft skills, interviewing, retention, etc.)
  • Entrepreneurship (starting, growing, sustaining small businesses)
  • Finance (financial literacy, investing, trading)
  • General Learning (history, healthcare, housing, etc.)

Please complete the Questionnaire by clicking on "Take Survey" below, so we can best identify your professional background, areas of expertise and what action you are willing to take. Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,

Frank Moseley II

Founder/CEO
The SEED Initiative
Volunteering with CTTT-RVA is a wonderful opportunity to get involved and connect with others. The work you contribute is always valued as we pursue our mission of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past. We especially need those wanting to train and be mentored as facilitators and we need some help behind the scenes with maintaining our mailing lists, for instance.
Featured Video And Articles
Check out the featured video and articles below to help further the conversation on racism and its impact.
Resilience Defined by Frank Moseley II
With the recent events of the past few days, weeks, months, even; I have given a lot of thought to what it means to be resilient. Why I must be resilient today, tomorrow and every day until my last. In this country it is the only way to survive; at least from my experiences, being an African American man growing up in the South. 

Resilience is going outside to hang out with your family, your friends, your neighbors on a stoop or the corner, knowing that you will probably have an unpleasant interaction with the police. 

Resilience is my mother sending her son outside to play with full understanding that the neighborhood may not be safe, for any number of reasons. Knowing that no matter with all she's taught him, it may very well be the last time she sees him again. 

Being resilient is knowing that you may not have enough money for bills, food, clothes or to take care of your parents when they are sick; and yet you still greet your friends with a smile and reply with "I'm doing well; all things considered."

Resilience is working two jobs just to survive. It’s learning a side hustle; whether it’s doing hair, or lawn care, selling CDs, oils, catering, or charging to host social events with loud music as a temporary distraction and serving alcohol to numb the pain of the harsh reality which is your life. 

Resilience is getting up every morning going to work for a company that undervalues you and underpays you but expects you to be on time every day as scheduled; to give them 100% effort. Knowing that you don't have the luxury to quit and pursue your passions or your dreams; but you get up the next day anyway. Suck it up; and do it all over again because that’s the only way you know how to make an honest living.  

Resilience is having the audacity to buy a luxury vehicle even a used one knowing that you will be stopped, questioned and often search without any other probable cause other than driving while black. 
Being resilient is being told indirectly or directly that you’re not qualified, you don’t have the credentials, that you’re not good enough, and that your black life doesn’t matter. Despite that, you improvise, survive and still find a way to rise.
Resilience is trying to climb from the bottomless pit of poverty, grasping at every clump of dirt or rock no matter how jagged its edge while desperately trying to pull yourself up. Slowly, carefully, with unsteady footing; mindful that one misstep could sending you tumbling back to where you started or even worse; lower than before. Resilience is knowing that you've fallen before, survived and are willing do it again and again if you must, just to escape. 

Resilience is looking up from just below the edge and seeing mostly white faces looking back down on you with disdain for your soiled shoes, the grit lodged between your fingernails from your impossible climb, as they continue to walk by with willful ignorance.  

Resilience is knowing that if you're ever fortunate enough to make it out, that you're still standing too close to the edge to feel safe; that this was only the first level and what awaits you is yet another uphill climb. That those glaring eyes you saw before looking down upon you are joined by many more, perched even higher than theirs; eyes that peer through shaded lenses that only see you as black, brown, or other.

Resilience is knowing all that and you still keep going, keep climbing; knowing that even if you graduate at the top of your class with a Harvard law degree and go on to become President of the United States, you're still not good enough to be seen as equal, but instead… still, as other. It's seeing your brothers and sisters, your people, your culture, savaged, exploited, discredited by a nation that continues to deny that slavery had any impact on today's present conditions. Helplessly watching as they are slain, assassinated, murdered and lynched by racist police, only to be told to be peaceful, respectful of the law, our social pact; or run the risk as being seen as an angry black man or disgruntled. 

Resilience is knowing I might be next, and you still take a stand, speak out, march, protest during a global pandemic to resist the forces that seek to keep you oppressed.  

Resilience is working together to empower those who choose not to look away with the knowledge, insight and the communication skills to have these courageous conversations with their European brothers and sisters; about the truth of the systemic racial, criminal injustice and economic inequality that thrives in this country today.

Resilience is not just refusing to look away but challenging all that don't look like us to truly see us, hear us, join in our outcries for justice and equality. It's refusing to return to the status quo. 

Resilience is knowing that these conversations are clumsy and uncomfortable, that the process is often ugly and volatile. That it is an inconvenient truth that in this country, this is the only way change ever happens. But change will come... and WE are how! 

Stay vigilante; be resilient and we shall overcome! 
Reflections on Rosalind Rosenberg’s The Life of Pauli Murray (parts I – III)
--by Doug Steele
Though Ms. Murray was born in Baltimore in 1910, after the sudden death of her mother she was taken in by her Aunt Pauline to live in the Durham NC house built by her grandfather on a one acre plot in the 1890’s. By the time of young Pauli’s arrival, the neighboring whites-only cemetery had encroached on the property. She spent time rocking with her grandfather Robert on the front porch listening to stories of his attending anti-slavery meetings with Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and his battles in the Civil War.
When in 1925 North Carolina segregated buses by race, she walked or rode her bike rather than ride the segregated streetcar. After graduating first in her high school class, she left with her Aunt Pauline to attend Hunter College in New York City where she undertook a series of part-time jobs and travel adventures, hitchhiking and jumping on freight trains.
When her application to pursue graduate studies at the University of North Carolina was denied on account of her race she wrote a letter to Elanor Roosevelt to urge her husband to live up to his verbal support of “affirmative action.” Pauli Murray was never accepted to UNC, but this began a relationship between her and the first lady, including an invitation for tea at the White House. Around this time on a bus trip back to visit home in Durham she was arrested and jailed in Petersburg following a dispute with the bus driver over seating. Although supported by the NAACP and by Elanor Roosevelt, she was convicted of disorderly conduct and fined $5.
She decided to pursue a law degree and enrolled as one of only two women in Howard Law school. Here experience there showed that she was subject not only to discrimination on account of her race, but also her gender. For this she coined the term “Jane Crow”. Her legal education led her to believe that the Supreme Court Plessy v. Ferguson could be overruled. Will it? (Spoiler alert: yes) Where will her career take her? Join us June 25, 6:30 for the Book Circle’s Zoom discussion of the second half of this book.

Reflections on the movie Harriet
--by Cheryl Key
Cheryl Key is a beloved member of CTTT-RVA's Movie Circle. She is originally from NJ and moved to the RVA metro area from GA in 1998 and loves it, especially the weather! Cheryl joined CTTT after she heard about it from her friend Gail Christie and participated in a few of the meetings. Cheryl really likes movies so when heard about the Movie Circle and dinner afterward, it was right up her alley! In her professional life she is a chiropractor and pharmacist. She has shared a review of the movie Harriet via video.
Dear anti-racist allies: Here's how to respond to microaggressions
It's easy to sight the obvious racism such as using race-based slurs or threats. But there's a more subtle and insidious form of racist stereotyping that can be hard to pin down... READ MORE
" Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

- James Baldwin