Training and Resources

Hi Friends!
I hope everyone had a good holiday break! Happy New Year! Let’s get going! And if you haven’t yet, let’s please celebrate the impressive incoming legislators to Congress and the accomplishment they all represent. Positive signs.
A reminder of our IntegratedSchools event this Saturday, January 12. Please spread the word! If you need a copy of the invitation, please let me know. IntegratedSchools just launched a revamp of their website and this video they created is really insightful. RSVPs to me, please.
Events/Workshops/Training coming up:
(1) Register for Jan 20th Racial Justice Allyship Workshop! As part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington’s (UUCA) Live the Pledge campaign to end racism, UUCA has partnered with Service Never Sleeps to offer a racial justice Allyship training for the community. This workshop will teach you about the causes of racial injustice, how to be an effective ally for marginalized communities, and how to actively influence and educate others. This is not just “another racial justice workshop.” Most people walk out of this workshop saying it was the most impactful racial justice workshop they’ve ever taken in terms of how it helps you reflect on your own implicit bias while also providing actionable steps (including role playing) for how to act with friends, family, or strangers when you witness racism.
(2) VACOLAO is holding a training for legislative advocacy on Immigrant Advocacy Day. The training is Thursday, January 10 from 7–8:30 pm at 6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041.
(3) The founder of Everyday Feminism is hosting “Healing from Internalized Whiteness” for a three day training, January 16–18 in DC. See more here.
(4) SURJ NoVa is discussing Alternatives to Calling the Police at their chapter meeting on Sunday, January 13. More details here.
Reading and Resources:
(1) “How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break” from NPR.
(2) Vox had a good analysis of the First Step Act (now signed into law).
(3) ProPublica has a tool on Documenting Hate, which is collecting reports of hate crimes.
(4) The New York Times Magazine focused on Black Mothers and Babies and disparate mortality rates (which is worse now than in 1850 when most black women were still enslaved).
(5) The Atlantic had an article about white parent bias against urban schools. This jumped out: “Yet the stigma persists, and the tragedy of all this is that the stigma itself is a key reason educational inequality remains. Despite signs of a reversal in the white flight that crippled urban school districts following desegregation orders tracing back to the late 1960s and ’70s, research suggests that the country is seeing a new iteration of income-based housing segregation driven almost exclusively by affluent families with children. By moving to certain neighborhoods in pursuit of what they perceive to be good schools and to flee what they perceive to be bad ones, they contribute to school-funding inequalities by taking resources and social capital with them.”
(6) The momentous passage of an anti-lynching law took a very long time to happen. The Washington Post looks at why.
(7) SURJ-DC shared a link to the Campaign to End Stop-And-Frisk in DC. Here’s a link to the website and petition.
Please join me in congratulating our newly appointed Chair of the County Board. He has a clear statement of a focus on equity, so I’m looking forward to seeing how our efforts can link with County efforts to turn words into sound policy and progress. I was particularly interested in the mention of the Changing the Narrative program with Virginia Humanities, that will factor into the County’s next steps. I also encouraged him to work very closely with the school district to resolve the budget deficit and significant growth in enrollment we anticipate for this coming year.
Let’s see what we can do with the new year ahead of us!
Listen. Amplify. Follow.

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