Thursday, February 4, 2021

Event: America Without Racism: Making the Vision a Reality | Washtenaw Faces Race and Ypsilanti District Library

From Washtenaw Faces Race and Ypsilanti District Library (and La'Ron Williams, of course), a free virtual conference entitled, "America without Racism—Making the Vision a Reality: What we must have in the wake of COVID-19," February 5-6, 2021, online.

Register here:  America Without Racism: Making the Vision a Reality Registration, Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Friday, February 5, 2021; 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday, February 6, 2021;1:00-4:00pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically exposed inequities caused by long-standing racism in the United States, revealing that the need for change is more urgent than ever.

Join us in a free, virtual, two-day community conversation as we imagine a world free of racism and explore what must be done to create this future. Experts will talk about the fundamental changes needed in the institutions of policing, work, health care, and the commons, with interludes by local musicians, poets, and artists. We’ll conclude with a visioning session for all.

Friday, February 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Introduction and Overview:
La’Ron Williams, B.F.A., Racial Justice Educator and Professional Storyteller, co-founder of Washtenaw Faces Race

Policing Redefined (Panel):
Eli Savit, J.D., Prosecuter, Washtenaw County, Michigan
Rev. Joe Summers, M.Div., Pastor, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Desirae Simmons B.A., M.S., Co-Director, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mikhaella Norwood, Founder & CEO of Freelife Productions, LLC. Motown award-winning Spoken Word Artist of the Year, actress, motivational speaker, emcee. Tonight reads two poems, “Still” and “Fragility of a Black Man’s Gentle” from her book of poetry, Fruit: Haiku of Haikus for the Blossoming Soul (2019).

Redefining Work:
Dr. Alford A. Young, Jr., Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Author of From the Edge of the Ghetto: African Americans and the World of Work (2019) and Are Black Men Doomed?: Debating Race (2018).
Saturday, February 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Health Care for Everyone:
Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing and Black Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan..
Anita Hernandez, M.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Service Director of Family-Mother-Baby, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Family Physician affililiated with the Corner Health Clinic, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Defense of the Commons: Individual rights vs the rights of the collective:
Thom Hartmann, Ph.D., Political commentator, radio host, and author of The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back (2020) and The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream (2020).

Rescuing Democracy: The way forward:
Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., Physician, epidemiologist, progressive activist, educator, author, speaker, and podcast host. Formerly the Health Director for the City of Detroit and candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2018.

Visioning Session led by:
Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, B.S., M.A., Publisher and Chief Spiritual Officer, Book Power Publishing.
Eleanore Ablan-Owen, B.A., M.S., Co-Director, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Ann Arbor., Michigan.

Sponsored by Washtenaw Faces Race and Ypsilanti District Library.

This program is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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