Milton Community Forum On Police and Race Relations

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Milton Community Forum On Police and Race Relations

As many of us are vacillating between despair and strong hope for change Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice in Milton-Mattapan has been experiencing several opportunities to be hopeful. As our message of “hope to build a movement in which we hold ourselves and one another accountable to understanding, interrupting, and ending systems of white supremacy and racism” has spread, other organizations have shown interest in learning from our 4 years of success.

In 2019 Boston College birthed its own version of Courageous Conversations with our own Karen Groce-Horan and her team acting as doulas in the process. Quincy and Lynn groups gained knowledge and experience from our leadership team.

More recently, a group from Richmond, Virginia has requested similar counseling, and the Waking Up White book groups via Zoom are largely made up of Virginians passionate about bringing our methods further south.

Closer to home our consulting services are being requested from a UCC Church in Little Compton, Rhode Island, an alumni group from Wellesley College and our own Forbes House Museum here in Milton. Of utmost importance is recognizing each group’s particular needs and circumstances to design what best serves to foster their processes. Just as we listen to one another in our monthly conversations to deepen our understanding of ourselves and one another we listen to these wider communities and encourage them to sharpen skills in listening to each other.

In the words of our hero, the late John Lewis, “I think we’ve got to continue to teach and preach. We’ve got to continue to inspire people to say, ‘We can do it.’ Be hopeful, be brave, love, peace.”

When? Next Wednesday, July 29th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where? Register here to join the Zoom call

Tech requirements: The event will be held over Zoom. Be sure to download Zoom prior to the meeting. Tutorials on how to use Zoom can be found here and here.

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