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Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class and Power
April 15-18, 2016
Workshops have been announced for Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day on April 15!
Early registration discount extended to March 1.
Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day has just announced the workshop offerings for Friday April 15th. Workshops include:
Educate a Child: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
A black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a white boy’s chance is 1 in 17. This workshop, focusing on the domestic component of the Educate a Child Initiative, will ask “Who has the power?” in our current educational systems. Participants will examine the relationship between poverty, racism, educational inadequacies, and mass incarceration – including the role that corporations play at both ends of the pipeline. Workshop leaders will share stories of how Presbyterians across the country are disrupting these unjust systems and will equip participants with tools to directly serve students falling through the cracks of the educational system and to impact policy at the district, state, and national levels.
Led by: Alonzo Johnson, Mission Associative for Peacemaking; Ginna Bairby, Associate for Young Adult Social Witness; and Nora Leccese, Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues at the Office of Public Witness
Engaging Corporations on Human Trafficking
This workshop will teach participants about the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Participants will split into small groups to exchange ideas and explore ways that the Code could be used by their congregation and in their community. We will also explore ways for congregations to participate in corporate engagement and advocacy related to human trafficking.
Led by: Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations; Rob Fohr, Associate for Mission Responsibility Through Investment; Bill Somplatsky- Jarman, Coordinator of Mission Responsibility Through Investment
Gentrification and Neighborhood Equity: Self-Development of People
Race, class, and power have all played into the rapidly changing face of the Washington, DC area. Once known as Chocolate City, Washington, DC is no longer a city with a majority of its population comprised of black or brown people. Hear from long-time residents struggling against displacement as they search for housing that is safe and affordable regardless of income or wealth. Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC’s mission is to create and preserve racial and economic equity in DC while envisioning it as an equitable and just place for all of its residents. Come to learn how you can help the residents of DC as well as economically poor and oppressed people around the world through the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People.
Led by: Dominic Moulden, ONE DC; Selma Jackson, Chairperson of the National Self-Development of People Committee; Clara Nunez, Associate for Self-Development of People
Global Corporate Exploitation: Debt and Taxes
Around the world and across the United States, people are impacted by the unfair borrowing and lending practices of corporate banks and lending institutions. In addition, estimates indicate that every year over one trillion dollars in earnings exits the developing world untaxed. Corporations use a network of tax havens, banks, and shell corporations to evade paying taxes in poor countries. Come to this workshop to find out more about corporate financial exploitation, the call for expanded debt cancellation, and the movement to address tax issues so that more can be put into public investment, climate change protections, and policies that benefit the common good.
Led by: Representatives from Jubilee USA; and Catherine Gordon, Associate for International Issues at the Office of Public Witness
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