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May 2020

How I Can Offer Reparations in Direct Proportion to My White Privilege (

I had a fascinating breakfast conversation with my 11-year-old daughter a few days back. The nigh before I had a fitful dream - one that was short on plot and imagery, but chock-full of emotion. In this case, the feeling was of a deep, immovable sorrow. When I awoke, it didn't take long to recognize that the article I'd been working on - this article - was definitely working on me, too. During breakfast I knew my daughter could tell I wasn’t on solid ground. She’s a sensitive soul, and I...

EVENT: Cost of Darkness Documentary Preview on 5/30

Message from Sandy Holman, Director of The Culture C.O-.O.P, : Please join The Culture C.O-.O.P. virtually, this Saturday, May 30th, from 2-4pm to preview our Cost Of Darkness Documentary done in collaboration with UC Davis Students, nationally and internationally renowned experts, courageous community activists, families, and communities nefariously impacted by entrenched, “dark skin,” racism, supremacy ideology, systemic oppression, injustice and insidious inequity,...

Black social workers face stress, racial inequities during COVID-19 pandemic (NBC News)

By Patrice Gaines, May 11, 2020, NBC News "The big issue that black social workers are having to contend with is the devastation happening in our communities." Michael Guynn, a social worker in Los Angeles, would show up at a foster family's home unannounced to make sure that the house was clean and livable and that a child was being fed and going to school. Kevin Holder, an emergency services clinician, would meet police officers at the jail in Richmond, Virginia, to interview and observe a...

Elevating people of color and women in the workplace (The Harvard Gazette)

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Deeneaus ‘D’ Polk, M.P.P. ’20, found his way from Mississippi to Harvard Kennedy School with plans to return to the South Growing up in the small, blue-collar Mississippi town Pascagoula, Deeneaus Polk could not have predicted that his path would take him to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Or that it would run by way of Germany. As the oldest of three children, Polk — who goes by “D” — was responsible for...

Black Men Run promoting brotherhood through running dedicate run to Ahmaud Arbery (KUSI)

By Jonathan Halvorson, May 9, 2020, for KUSI. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Nasara Gargonnu is the 2019 Teacher of the Year at Morse High School, Official Live Well San Diego Partner and Captain of Black Men Run San Diego. The organization encourages health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running to stay fit. The group is open to beginners and advanced runners. Gargonnu joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the group and a run they dedicated for 25-year-old Ahmaud...

Another "A Better Normal" Community Discussion Series-Health Equity

In the thirteenth installation of the " A Better Normal " community discussion series, ACEs Connection facilitated a conversation focused on health inequity as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic . This discussion featured myself and ACEs Connection member Joshunda Sanders and highlighted the role of racism, historical trauma and poverty when it comes to the impact of this pandemic on African Americans and other vulnerable populations. In this session our guests were Sarah Bounse with...

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