Race Matters – Come Talk

NEWS RELEASE

Come and celebrate what the local Coalition for Racial Justice (CRJ) has done and what is being planned and acted upon now and for the future.  You are invited to a special gathering scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on January 26th, 2019, in the lobby of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach (UUFVB). Enjoy snacks, conversation, and a presentation by the leaders of the CRJ.  Those in attendance are urged to stay for a special film, Sorry to Bother You, at 7 p.m. This film is a wildly original 2018 comedy about an African-American “Everyman” who is just trying to make a living in a very complicated world.

CRJ was born a couple years ago as a subcommittee of the UUFVB Social Justice Committee.  This diverse, multi-race group is now moving from the “Courageous Conversation” part of our motto to the “Courageous Action” portion of our motto.

CRJ is currently engaged in supporting the new Indian River County Schools Equity Committee which has been charged with overseeing the progress of the School Board in completing the court-ordered desegregation process.  CRJ is also engaged in training volunteers in how to help qualified juveniles remove their criminal record as they move into adulthood and seek to become part of the community.  The process has been in place for years, but never before has a group formed to help the young people work through the complications and paperwork involved.  The CRJ supports the new Gifford Historic Museum, a converted church building, next to Gifford Middle School, as well as participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. annual parade.

The CRJ has provided mixed race discussions on racial equity, justice, white privilege and other like matters which lead to cultural understanding and sensitivity on the part of everyone involved.  Please be with us on January 26, become part of this dynamic discussion, and consider being involved in the coalition’s actions.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach is located at the corner of 27th Avenue and 16th Street.  For more information, call Jack Stiefel at 772-562-0515.

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