Join Moorestown F/friends for a free-ranging conversation about race and racism. Share stories, experiences (recent or distant), questions, concerns, recommendations – whatever comes up is welcome. We’ll be on Zoom together on third Thursdays; including February 16, at 7:30pm, for these monthly ‘rap sessions. Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81587816369, or using meeting ID 815 8781 6369.
Let’s Talk with Local Activist Shevone Torres
Let’s Talk with Local Activist Shevone Torres, an anti-racist and community-builder based in Maple Shade, founder of Imperfect Village, and a prominent voice in BLM NJ. Shevone inherited activism; her grandmother was involved in the groundbreaking Mount Laurel Fair Housing court cases. Today, Shevone works on a variety of efforts, and she’ll share some of her ideas and experiences with F/friends on Thursday 2 March at 7:30pm. Shevone will speak specifically to work she’s doing – and we can join – to ensure New Jersey continually improves the safety, equity and effectiveness of its policing, justice and carceral systems. We’ll be on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81587816369, or use meeting ID 815 8781 6369.
Let’s Talk with Calvin Bell
Pennsauken, NJ, native Calvin Bell graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 2020 with an impressive roster of accolades, including a Yale Award for Community Engagement, the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, a White House visit as a video game innovator (for an app that enables residents to report environmental hazards, in English or Spanish, to local government), and a lead role in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’ At MFS, Calvin served on the Diversity Committee; today he’s a junior at Morehouse College, an historically Black college. He’ll join Moorestown Meeting’s Anti-Racism Committee to talk about his experiences at MFS, at Morehouse, and through many richly varied experiences of a young life. You are welcome to join us on Zoom, at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81587816369 or meeting ID 815 8781 6369.
Join F/friends from Moorestown Meeting and beyond for a free-ranging conversation about race and racism. Share stories, experiences new and old, questions, concerns, recommendations, testimony – whatever comes up is welcome. We meet on Zoom at 7:30pm EST, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81587816369, meeting ID 815 8781 6369.
Let’s Talk About One White Man’s Witness
In 2020, traditional country music artist Tyler Childers released an album of Appalachian fiddle tunes and one original song supporting those protesting the deaths of George Floyd and others. Join Moorestown Friends Meeting’s Anti-Racism Committee, watch a couple of short videos together, and discuss what they suggest about whether and how “white” equals “normal” in America today. To preview the videos, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_I3Rp1CQak and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ3_AJ5Ysx0.
Black Lives Matter: Quaker Schools Share Powerful Messages and Resources
Over the past week, people have been assembling in peace to express grief and voice concern over police brutality and racism in the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky; and Ahmaud Arbery in Southeastern Georgia.
Like many monthly meetings, Friends School communities were deeply affected by these issues. As a result, school administrations and trustees at schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware published powerful messages on their websites that were centered in the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone and Friends’ testimony of Equality. These have been basic tenets of the faith since the time of Margaret Fell and George Fox.
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