Racial Justice Working Symposium

Racial Justice Working Symposium

DATE   June 13, 2018   8:30am - 4:00pm
LOCATION   O' Maine Studios, Portland
Maine Initiatives
O'Maine Studios
54 Danforth Street
Portland, ME 04101

Join us for the 1st Annual Maine Initiatives’ Working Symposium on Racial Justice: a day of building power and partnership through collaborative exploration of the barriers to and opportunities for racial justice and equity in Maine.

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at O’Maine Studios in Portland, Maine Initiatives will bring together 150 of our community’s racial justice leaders to explore the questions of our racial justice work here in Maine: Who speaks for issues of racial justice? Who supports those voices? Who convenes individuals and organizations advancing racial equity? Who coordinates strategy? Who funds this work? Who moves these issues forward? Who celebrates the victories and who regroups in the face of defeat? Who does what and who supports who?

Shay Stewart-Bouley, author of the Black Girl in Maine blog and Executive Director of the Boston-based Community Change, Inc, will open our day with a keynote address, setting the stage for our deep dive into the process of humanizing ourselves in this work, identifying concrete actions and partnerships that are community-centered, and centering our work around resiliency and joy in liberation.

This will be a “working symposium”.

  • We will learn actively instead of passively.
  • We will value the voices and experience in the room.
  • We will center our day around creative expression and joy.
  • We will collectively investigate the barriers to our success and together create justice for ourselves and our community.

We are working to create a community in which all people are equally seen, valued, respected, and supported. Racial justice is an aspirational value of our community. Join us. Together, we create justice.

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