What We’re Reading (recommended reading)
- Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
- Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina by Seth Kotch
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Click here to view the WeAre (working to extend anti-racist education) book list for kids aged Pre-K through 5th grade.
What We’re Watching
- 13th: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Available on Netflix.
- Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store. Available on Youtube.
- The Talk: Sonny Kelly’s The Talk is a virtuosic one-person show about the difficult conversation a father must have with his son in a racialized America. Kehillah member Carol Land is the production manager for this show. Panel discussions and talkbacks are available after every performance. For showtimes and locations visit:
Where We’re Going (upcoming events)
- The Racial Equity Institute offers educational workshops designed to increase awareness of institutionalized racism in the US. To view their 2019 schedule click here.
- January 29, 2019 at 7:00pm: The Cash Bail Project Kick-Off at the Binkley Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
- Learn more about problems with the current bail bond system and details about the Cash Bail Project. Speakers will include Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director of the Carolina Justice Policy Center; James Williams, Co-chair of the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee; and members of the Binkley Peace with Justice Action Group.
- Click here to learn more about the Cash Bail Project.
- February 12, 2019 at 7:00pm: Court Fees and Bond Reform featuring James E. Williams Jr. at Kehillah Synagogue
- James E. WIlliams Jr. served as Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties in North Carolina from 1990 until his retirement in May 2018. He is Co-chair of the NAPD Racial Justice Committee, and Co-chair of the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee. He is an Advisory Board member of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities. Mr. Williams also co-chairs the District 18 (Orange/Chatham) Bar Racial Justice Task Force.
- April 14, 2019, 2-5:30pm at Kehillah Synagogue: White Ally Toolkit Workshop
- After the workshop, participants will be more comfortable talking about race and racism with white peers; possess greater insight into their own priorities and challenges as aspiring white allies; be able to respond effectively when others make racist or racially problematic comments; and be prepared to embark on a long-term strategy of engagement with family and friends who are racism skeptics.