2017 Domestic U.S. Workshops

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Proposals to Dismantle the Safety Net – and the Potential Impact on People of Color

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

This interactive workshop will focus on the impact that dismantling safety net programs (i.e. SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and Medicaid will have on communities of color. We will review specific proposals, the timelines of these threats, and discuss ways to protect core safety net programs. This workshop includes group discussion and a train-the-trainer exercise, where participants will create their own… 

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Speakers:

Meredith Dodson, RESULTS; Yolanda Gordon, RESULTS; Marlysa Gamblin, Bread for the World; Jane Adams, Bread for the World

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Racial Reconciliation: Forging Community between Black, White, Latino, Asian Churches

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

This workshop will be informed by the recent racial reconciliation consultation between the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) and national mainline churches in Charleston, South Carolina during the trial of Dylan Roof in December 2016. Roof was convicted of murdering nine faithful church members, including the pastor, during a bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church, reminding us all… 

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Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative; Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Bread for the World; Hannah McMahan, National Director of New Baptist Covenant.

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Solidarity with Refugees: Countering Nationalism and Fear

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

The world is simultaneously experiencing the largest displacement crisis in recorded history and the politicization and dehumanization of refugees. The executive order suspending refugee resettlement and banning travel for individuals from some Muslim-majority countries is having a major impact. Anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim groups have joined forces to advance national, state, and local administrative and legislative proposals to deny safety… 

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Speakers:

Mustafa Nuur, Deputy Chairman, Somali Community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Yasmine Taeb, Friends Committee on National Legislation; Jen Smyers, Church World Service

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Shareholder Engagement as a Tool for Social Change

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

Shareholder engagement can be a powerful tool to press corporations on the environmental and social impacts of their operations, from climate change, to human rights and labor, to food and water, to access to affordable health care. Learn about strategies that faith- and values-based investors have developed to convince companies that ethical business practice – and a concern for all… 

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Speakers:

Josh Zinner, Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility.

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The Lived Experiences of Poverty and Racism: Using Your Story to Shape Policy

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

While statistics and fact sheets are powerful tools, a personal story really has the power to transform a policymaker’s perspective and inspire them to make a difference. We’ll hear from several powerful storytellers, part of RESULTS Experts on Poverty network, about their lived experience of poverty and racism. They will share how they developed their own story, and how you… 

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Speakers:

Tianna Gaines-Turner, RESULTS Expert on Poverty; Yolanda Gordon, RESULTS Expert on Poverty; Angela Sutton, RESULTS Expert on Poverty; Meredith Dodson, RESULTS; Marlysa Gamblin, Bread for the World.

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Transforming Policing and Violence: Toward Nonviolent Protection Approaches and Community Safety

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

As Dr. Martin Luther King called us to move away from the idea that violence or “war is just,” we will explore effective methods for moving away from police violence. One resource person will address and facilitate conversation about various structural elements needed for a safer community including examples of police reforms. A second resource person will address and facilitate… 

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Speakers:

Aaron Goggans, Movement for Black Lives in DC; Rev. Waltrina Middleton, United Church of Christ and Associate Dean of the Chapel at Howard University

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White Folk Work: Tools for White People to Engage in Courageous Conversations on Racism

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

In this workshop, we will discuss the specific work that white people need to do with one another to dismantle racism and white supremacy, and how to leverage our social capital to have difficult but necessary conversations. All white folks need to talk about racial justice this year, including those of us who already consider ourselves allies in the movement…. 

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Speakers:

Mark Koenig, Presbyterian Church (USA); Nora Leccese, Presbyterian Church (USA)

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Analyze the Impact of White Privilege and Racism on poverty and hunger within our communities

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

Explore the impact that White Privilege and Racism has had on poverty and hunger within our communities. As a result of racial policies and laws within our country that date back to colonial times, our communities have developed to the detriment of people of color. Although there have been improvements over time, many of our communities remain racially segregated. We… 

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Speakers:

Jeff Nelson, Bread for the World; Minister David Streets, Bread for the World.

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Impunity and Destruction of Border Militarization

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has built hundreds of miles of fencing and deployed a massive enforcement regime on our southern border. Communities on both sides of the border and migrants have endured the painful reality of unchecked and unaccountable enforcement in the region, including cross-border shootings and abuses that remain in impunity. In this workshop, we… 

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Speakers:

Jennifer Johnson, Southern Border Communities Coalition; Hannah Evans, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Moderator: Rebecca Eastwood, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

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Interfaith Response to Islamophobia

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

This session will cover a brief history of Islamophobia in the U.S., its negative effects on Muslims and people perceived to be Muslims, and how interfaith allies can proactively respond to stand in solidarity and protect their sisters and brothers of the Islamic faith. Presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Speakers:

Wardah Khalid, Immigration and Refugee Program; Catherine Orsborn, Shoulder to Shoulder

Moderator: Larry Couch, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

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The Racial Wealth and Income Gap

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

This workshop will provide the history of what created, and what is sustaining, the racial wealth divides in our country, and provide the policy solutions that will tackle this divide. During the workshop, participant will play an interactive game that provides the historical context for how wealth was created for some communities and how wealth was stripped or denied from… 

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Speakers:

Emma Tacke, NETWORK; Catherine Guerrier, NETWORK; Marlysa Gamblin, Bread for the World.

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