Welcome to the 13th week of The Challenge!

Our 18-Week Challenge gives us an opportunity to read articles, listen to podcasts, and view videos dealing with the roots of racial injustice, the systemic racist policies in our institutions, and our own misconceptions of racism. The Challenge creates a dedicated time and space for us to reflect on our own personal experiences, biases, and assumptions. Each week you will be sent a new prompt to explore.

If you have just decided to join the Challenge or if you want to revisit previous week’s materials, you can find them on our website: https://ncjwcns.org/actions/antiracism/

Week 13: November 20

As Covid-19 continues its relentless march though Illinois communities, we hear over and over again that the virus disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities. This week we have two selections to help us understand why this disparity exists and how your zip code predicts how long you may live. The first is the Tedx Chicago 2018 talk, How Inequality Kills, given by Dr. David Ansell, author of The DEATH GAP and the second is an article by NPR's Natalie Moore about her series: 50 Lives in 4 ZIP Codes. Within Moore's article, you’ll have an opportunity to put faces and names to the victims of the virus. Both selections tell the story of how where we live impact our life expectancy.

Post your reaction to this week’s prompt. Discuss it with other Challenge participants. Join our closed Facebook Group. Here’s how: Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/602463427350589, click join and answer the three membership questions.