JUFJ Montgomery County Racial Justice Discussion and Book Group

Please join JUFJ in Montgomery County for the second meeting of a
racial justice discussion and book group.

Thursday, March 9 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

at the Regional Services Center-B-CC
4805 Edgemoor Lane | Bethesda, MD 20814

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This group is open to anyone (mature teens and adults) interested in exploring racial justice issues with an emphasis on unconscious bias. While this discussion will have a Jewish framework, anyone of any background is welcome to participate.

At this meeting we will be focusing our discussion on white privilege and unconscious and systemic bias. We hope that for the next meeting you will finish reading "Waking up White" by Debby Irving. For those of you interested in doing additional background reading, we recommend two additional articles: "Are you sure you're not a Racist?" by Jodi Picoult, and the classic "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," by Peggy McIntosh.

In addition, two movies would be valuable to our conversation: "I Am Not Your Negro" is about James Baldwin and is currently showing in theaters. "13th," Ava DuVernay's documentary drawing a direct line from slavery to America's mass incarceration crisis, is available on Netflix. Both have been nominated for Academy Awards in the Documentary category.

The readings and movies are simply suggested. Please join us for the discussion even if you are unable to complete all readings or see the movies. The readings/movies are meant to provide background information as we think about these topics. Particularly: What is white privilege and are there other privileges that I have vis a vis others in our society? How does systemic racism play out in society in general? in schools? in the justice system? at work? How 'awake' am I to the experience of others?

This reading and discussion group is facilitated by Fran Zamore, MSW, and Madeleine Levin, and meets on the second Thursday of each month. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will bring a friend. Please be in touch with any questions: laura@jufj.org