#155 Tracy Givens Hunter “Undoing Racism, Ending the New Jim Crow”

Tracy Givens Hunter is Director of the Navigator Program at Public Policy and Education Fund of New York. She is an active practitioner of Restorative Justice Practices and Circle Keeping with Dutchess County Mediation Center and Westchester Restorative Justice Center. Tracy has over 20 years experience as an Activist and organizer regarding Racial Justice, Women Rights, Criminal justice, People’s Institute Survival and Beyond and Human Rights with organizations such as the NAACP, ACLU, BLM, and ENJAN. Tracy has given Presentations, Mediated and provided Trainings to private organizations and school districts and on January 30th, she is moderating “Council of the Elders” an event sponsored by Hold the Line taking place on Saturday, January 30th from 2-4pm. This free event will be a Roundtable discussion with movement elders from the Hudson Valley on activism, solidarity and the political divide. You can get your free ticket here. See you there!

Today we speak about how an undoing racism workshop changed the course of her life and career. Tracy also shares extensively the important work that ENJAN is doing in the criminal justice system. You can learn more about ENJAN here, and join their monthly meetings in Kingston every 2nd and 4th Mon. of the month at 8:00 pm. Contact them at ENJANHV@gmail.com for Zoom meeting details. (A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library, 43 Gill St., Kingston, NY.)

We also listened to “The New Jim Crow” with Michelle Alexander, George E. Kent Lecture, 2013

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#128 “Kingston Reads About Racism” with Kathy Sellitti and Charlotte Adamis

Joining me today are Kathy Sellitti, Assistant Principal at Kingston High School and Charlotte Adamis, School Librarian, J. Watson Bailey Middle School in Kingston, two of the several organizers of “Kingston Reads About Racism” talking about the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Their next community discussions will take place, Thursday, July 16th and Thursday July 31. Please RSVP in advance to get the call information. You can listen in to their first discussion here.

Today they share how this started in their schools with their colleagues and how they’ve seen some pretty significant transformation amongst themselves and their peers. We dig into some of the subjects of the book like white privilege and police brutality and what we’ve all learned about our privilege from reading this book and expanding our awareness of the experiences of black and brown people. They share resources that have been helpful to them including the work of Bettina Love, author of We Want To Do More Than Survive, Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.

I am grateful to these women for bringing this conversation to our community and being willing to share personally on the show today. I look forward to joining in with the continuing community conversations to follow.

As mentioned, Shaniqua Bowden also touched on this book along with Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race (by Reni Eddo-Lodge) during her show the Nubian Cafe with guests Erica Brown and Rashida Tyler back on January. Check it out!

Today’s show was engineered Nick Panken from radiokingston.org

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