Welcome to the 8th 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 8: October 9, 2020

More than 50 years after the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawed housing discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion, many of America’s largest cities remain segregated, including Chicago. This week’s selection, the short film Segregated By Design, examines how federal, state, and local governments unconstitutionally segregated our major metropolitan areas through law and policy. (18 minutes) https://www.segregatedbydesign.com/

This film is the perfect introduction to our October 29th discussion with Linda Gartz, author of Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago. Visit https://ncjwcns.org/events/redlined/ for more information and to register for this free Zoom event and for links to purchase her memoir.

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.