Following the scrawling of racist graffiti on the homes of three African refugee families in Concord, members of the community organized “Love Your Neighbor” rallies September 24 and again September 28. AFSC’s Maggie Fogarty was one of the speakers at the second rally, which was organized by the Concord Interfaith Council. The following is a slightly edited version of her statement:
Please join us for an evening of dinner, music, art, and discourse benefitting AFSC's Healing and Economic Justice programs in the Bay Area. Dinner will be provided by Feast of Fools catering, and music by Ruben Hurtado.
There will be a silent art auction featuring the work of talented Street Spirit artists.
Michelle Alexander will be available to sign her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness after dinner, and a limited number of books will be for sale.
Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10.
On April 4, 1968 at 6:01 pm Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Two months previously, he eulogized himself, saying he did not want to be remembered for the honors he received, by rather for trying to "feed the hungry," "clothe the naked," "be right on the [Vietnam] war question," and "love and serve humanity." Forty-three years later, we are asking how King is remembered, how we honor his life, and where we have taken “the Dream.”
“Racism is ignorance and it’s been going around for a long time. If we don’t so anything about it now, it will continue to be around for generations. We have to deal with it.” Quote from youth.
What is racism? What are our human rights, and how do we create an environment in which all rights are respected. These are some of the concepts the American Friends Service Committee, (AFSC) Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group have been learning about and reflecting on.
Featuring John Carlos, an Olympic medalist in track and field, who is remembered for his "Silent Protest" against racism and economic oppression at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The iconic image of he and teammate Tommy Smith raising a black-gloved fist during the victory ceremony is one of sports history's most memorable moments.
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