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Letter from the Chairs

Recommended Books for Becoming Aware of Racial Inequity in the USA

By Bruce Bonecutter, PhD, and Holly Houston, PhD

The Illinois Psychological Association Social Responsibility Section encourages sustained and deepening “ARC”, Awareness building; Relationship equality and Commitment to real sustained change in deconstructing systemic racism and constructing racial justice. 

What follows is our most updated listing of resources for deconstructing White Privilege and moving Privileged Persons, mostly White, to a sustained anti-racist stance. This resource guide focuses on broadening and deepening White American awareness of the ongoing systemic racism affecting Black Indigenous & Persons of Color, BIPOC, especially Black Americans. 

We recommend the 23-minute VIDEO entitled "Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo" where she illustrates the pillars that prop-up White Privilege and White Fragility.  This is a good summary of her best-seller, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018). To us one of her important contributions is to diminish the progress-stopping power of guilt and shame in telling what the dominate White Culture did and what systems evolved.  The systems need focus and change. White people can be BOTH Proud of building a great country, government, economy, etc. AND be truthful about mistakes which still endure BUT can be corrected. Unhealthy guilt stops progress, a dose appropriate mix of pride and guilt is a great target for constructive accurate diagnosis and healing. 

“Responsible” does mean taking action for mistakes of commission and omission. Getting to Responsible rather than shame and guilt leads to action for improvement. Being responsible is a good way to live and grow in general, not just with Racism.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo has written a short update book to White Fragility in 2021, Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm. This book carefully illuminates the more subtle forms of racism that other white people do not identify as explicit racism. She picks up after the quote from Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter From a Birmingham Jail:

*NOTE the 1963 language & PLEASE DO substitute the word “equity” for the work “freedom” because some laws have changed since 1962 but not living reality.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s  freedom …. Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Several Workbooks focused on helping Privileged Americans increase their awareness of systemic racism have come to our attention.  The idea is that Systemic Racism is so pervasive that it is difficult to see until you are able to take perspective, it just seems to be the way US Culture rolls. We highlight some of those books here: 

Ijeoma Oluo’s illustrative autobiographical book, “So You Want to Talk about Race” (2019)

For me, Bruce Johnson Bonecutter, I recommend Ijeoma Oluo’s illustrative autobiographical book, “So you want to talk about race”, 2019 if you wish a well written biographical walk through key anti-racist topics. Ijeoma tells a real-life story extremely well using her experiences and considerable skill.  She is a great story-teller and this book engaged me heart, mind and soul.  Oh, she does occasionally use emotional language.  The Chapter headings are:

- Preface

     - introduction: So you want to talk about race?

     - one: Is it really about race?

     - two: What is racism?

     - three: What if I talk about race wrong?

     - four: Why am I always being told to “check my privilege”?

     - five: What is intersectionality and why do I need it?

     - six: Is police brutality really about race?

     - seven: How can I talk about affirmative action?

     - eight: What is the school to prison pipe-line?

     - nine: Why can’t I say the “N” word?

     - ten: What is cultural appropriation?

     - eleven: Why can’t I touch your hair?

     - twelve: What are micro-aggressions?

     - thirteen: Why are our students so angry?

     - fourteen: What is the model minority myth?

     - fifteen: But what if I hate Al Sharpton?

     - sixteen: I just got called a racist, what do I do now?

     - seventeen: Talking is great, but what else can I do?

- Acknowledgements

- Notes

- A Discussion Guide

Layla F. Saad's workbook "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Also for me, Bruce Johnson Bonecutter, one difficult step in being more aware of how White Privilege and Racism permeates my mind, body, soul, and environment was to do the hard and at times hidden prejudice uncovering work of reading, journaling, discussing it with my book group Layla F. Saad's workbook (29 readings and journaling exercises), " me and white supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" (2020).  This Workbook is more like an exercise akin to physical fitness “boot-camp”. The Contents list may help readers take a look at this workbook for themselves and their support/book-group:

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Contents:

FORWARD by Robin DiAngelo

PART I: Welcome to the WORK

A Little about Me

What is White Supremacy?

Who is This WORK for?

What You Will Need to Do This Work

How to Use This Book

Self-Care, Support, and Sustainability

PART II: The WORK

Week 1: The Basics

Week 2: Anti-Blackness, Racial Stereotypes, and Cultural Appropriation

Week 3: Allyship

Week 4: Power, Relationships, and Commitments

Now What? Continuing the WORK after Day 28

APPENDIX:  Working in Groups: Me and White Supremacy - Book Circles

RESOURCES

Glossary

Further Learning

NOTE: each of the "Weeks" has 7 readings and journal exercises, such as Week 1, day 3 "You and Tone Policing" or Week 2 day 9 "You and Anti-Blackness Against Black Women"; day 10 "You and Anti-Blackness Against Black Men"; day 11, "You and Anti-Blackness Against Black Children" and samples from Week 3: day 18 "You and White Saviorism", day 19, "You and Optical Allyship"; Week 4 samples: day 23 "You and White Leaders"; day 24, "You and Your Friends", day 27, "You and Losing Privilege".

Both books are challenging and may be uncomfortable for privileged, especially White privileged people to read, but the goal is step-wise awareness and the deconstructing of all forms of racism, which is so needed in achieving the dream of “liberty and justice for all”.

If a business and economic research based analysis of the need for both White and BIPOC to find a way to more fully establish equity, then Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" is my recommendation. In addition to the YouTube Talks by/with Heather McGhee that help get our heads around the history, economics and people-stories from her structured interview-research illustrated sections in " The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" (2021) (289 pages plus lengthy documentation appendices).  There is also a very succinct and simple-not-stupid "Study Guide to "The Sum of Us" (published by "Super Summary") written by Heather McGhee (2021) - only 73 Pages.  Heather really wants people to understand what has happened and how we really can do much better! That should inspire all of us to honor the original motto of the USA: "E. Pluribus Unum" - “Out of Many People One”.

The Sum of Us Table of Contents gives you a sense of the structure: 

Introduction

Chapter   1: An Old Story: The Zero-Sum Hierarchy

Chapter   2: Racism Drained the Pool

Chapter   3: Going Without

Chapter   4: Ignoring the Canary

Chapter   5: No One fights Alone

Chapter   6: Never a Real Democracy

Chapter   7: Living Apart

Chapter   8: The Same Sky

Chapter   9: The Hidden Wound

Chapter 10: The Solidarity Dividend

Acknowledgements

Notes

List of Interviews

Index

As an additional choice, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Director of the Privilege Institute and of The National White Privilege Conference, created a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge designed to address issues of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression and equity.  Drs. Bonecutter and Houston recommend this program for those who might prefer an online, mixed media presentation that includes podcasts and videos in addition to readings and journaling activities. Dr. Moore offers a plethora of resources, which are well organized and easily accessed by provided links to online documents and a tracking component for self-monitoring. The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge may be used in the 21-day format, in sections for focused exploration, or for organization/community group application. 

About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge- 

For 21 days, you do one action to further your understanding of White privilege and White supremacy in ways that are adaptable to all forms of social justice.

Categories:

- Read

- Listen

- Watch

- Notice

- Connect

- Engage

- Act

- Reflect

- Stay Inspired

- Tracking Chart

*Note: each category contains numerous resources to choose from each with a summary of its contents.

Recommended Resources – includes articles, books, TED talks, films, videos, blogs, podcasts, websites, conferences and assessments (i.e. Anti-Defamation League’s Anti-Bias Behavior and Harvard University’s Project Implicit Test).

21-Day Community Adapters- examples of how communities are adapting the challenge to address their social justice needs.

For me, Holly O. Houston, Ph.D., it is vitally important that my non-BIPOC colleagues recognize the importance of an enduring effort in dismantling racism at its core - first inside of us (yes, as a woman of color, I include myself as all of us in American society have been exposed to the explicit and implicit impact of white supremacy) and then applied to practice, policy, and institutions. Too often, after the publicity and social momentum of racial equity wanes, so does individual effort. We must take advantage of the current anti-racism energy and be prepared to continue to nourish it. The aforementioned resources and the ones below provide information to facilitate and nurture the on-going, life-long process of deconstructing systemic racism and constructing racial justice. A sustained and deepening “ARC”, Awareness building; Relationship equality and Commitment to anti-racism, requires a dedication to education, deep self-reflection and integrated application. 

If hearing from an original-nation historian and immigrant historian about how the “Doctrine of Discovery” greatly increased the creating a Caste System with Europeans on top, then, since, you cannot discover lands already inhabited, injustice has plagued American society for centuries. And we cannot move toward being a more just nation without understanding the root causes that have shaped our culture and institutions. In a blend of history, theology, and cultural commentary, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah reveal the far-reaching, and enduring effects of the "Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery." They highlight how in the fifteenth century, official church edicts gave Christian-European explorers the right to claim territories they "discovered." This was institutionalized as an implicit national framework that justifies American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices. The result is that the dominant culture idealizes a history of discovery, opportunity, expansion, and equality, while minority communities have been traumatized by colonization, slavery, segregation, and dehumanization. Healing begins when deeply entrenched beliefs are unsettled. Charles and Rah aim to recover a common memory and shared understanding of where we have been and where we are going. As other nations have instituted truth and reconciliation commissions, so do the authors call our nation and churches to a truth-telling that will expose past injustices and open the door to conciliation and true community.

The history and interconnections between the Hindu Caste System, the German Nazi Caste System and USA Race/Caste System are analyzed with lessons to learn in deconstructing Caste Systems while building equity for all in Isabel Wilkerson’s 2020 best-seller, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”. The seven parts of this book are:

Part One: Toxins in the Permafrost and Heat Rising All Around (thawing out historical practices to see their ongoing effects)

Part Two: The Arbitrary Construction of Human Division

Part Three: The Eight Pillars of Caste

Part Four: The Tentacles of Caste

Part Five: The Consequences of Caste

Part Six: Backlash

Part Seven: Awakening

Drs. Houston and Bonecutter recommend choosing one of these books (as a first choice for anti-racism empowerment). Choose the one that may suit your style and fit with your established support/discussion group.  Of course, you could read and process the discussion guides to each of these books!

 

Books, Websites, and other Resources for Further Learning and Growth

Books from Archives:

Holiday Books for Children:

Websites from Archives

  • Be a Super Ally witht he 5 D’s:  Empowering Children Against Hate/Bullying:
    • Hollaback! has joined forces with Asian Americans Advancing Justice| AAJC and Woori Show, an online educational video series for children that celebrates the Korean-American experience, to create effective and thoughtful materials to educate young audiences about the importance of being an ally when witnessing bullying or racism.
  • Community Mental Health Journal
    • Community Mental Health Journal is devoted to the evaluation and improvement of public sector mental health services for people affected by severe mental disorders, serious emotional disturbances and/or addictions.
    1. First thing you must do is Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
    2. People, especially those who can afford it, can use hybrid cars
    3. Eat low on the food chain
    4. Use air conditioning and use less heat
    5. Reduce, recycle, and reuse
    6. Buy energy-efficient products
    7. Drive smart and less
    8. Take care of your car
    9. Avoid air travel as much as possible
    10. Plant a tree
    11. Grow on your own
    12. Water should be used sparingly
    13. Use less hot water
    14. Avoid products with excessive packaging 
    15. Buy green electricity
    16. More teleconference and telecommunication
    17. One can replace the light bulbs
    18. Dry the clothes by hanging them on the line
    19. People can use non-toxic household products 
    20. Often use the “off” switch
    21. Choose organic foods that are in season and go local 
    22. Don’t buy fast fashion
    23. Buy less stuff!
    24. People should learn to conserve
    25. Vote thoughtfully

David Harris, KEYNOTE: “Combating Antisemitism at Home and Abroad: A Frontline Perspective”

https://youtu.be/zw7VhNIF0qI

Armin Langer, “Antisemitic Tropes in the Online Right-wing Conspiracy Collective Q Anon”

https://youtu.be/sy-wlduOvV4

Ildikó Barna and Árpád Knap, “Conspiratorial Antisemitism Connected to George Soros in Hungary and America”

https://youtu.be/qk75v3kxz-E

Balázs Berkovits, “Conspiracy Theories and Antisemitism in the United States. The Question of ‘Antihegemonic’ Critique”

https://youtu.be/JCTEKIwUkhU

Jim Wald, “From Christian Replacement Theory to ‘Jews Will Not Replace Us’: The Strange

https://youtu.be/rJ5EBjbPMRU

Mark Silinsky, “The Green-Red Axis and Is Implications for Jews in America”

https://youtu.be/8gKWvPM-rV0

Jeffrey Herf, "Hamas and the American Discourse of Avoidance: Reflections on Anti-Anti-Fascism"

https://youtu.be/3idyiDl4FtU

Gὕnther Jikeli, “What Can We Learn about Antisemitism from Conversations on Social Media?”

https://youtu.be/Qxz_6V23WQA

Mohammed Al-Azdee, "Was the Khutbah about Israel? Jews? or Both? What Imams Preach in American Mosques"

https://youtu.be/wTwwBC8YMdI

Cary Nelson, “Does Academic Freedom Protect Antisemitism?”

https://youtu.be/BowQz0WFMR0

Pamela Nadell, “Through Women’s Eyes: Antisemitism in America”

https://youtu.be/ptcREaNAmok

Joseph Edelheit and James Moore, “The Legacy of Rosemary Reuther’s Wrath and Anti-Zionism”

https://youtu.be/5dkqw0taIvM

Marc Neugroeschel, "Antisemitic and pro-Israel: Ideological Conflicts among Donald Trump Supporters: A Qualitative Social Media Analysis”

https://youtu.be/_1HVl1rOPDc

Christoph Irmscher, “Antisemitic Prejudice in American Critiques of Freud”

https://youtu.be/ei8bva0spxU

Dave Rich, “Between Black Lives Matter and White Privilege: The Impact of American Discourses on British Jews”

https://youtu.be/Oe1dY-4isLk

Ricki Hollander, “Antisemitism in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Role of Jews”

https://youtu.be/BkVDiMOzjoQ

Naya Lekht, “Between Particularism and Universalism: Antisemitism Education in America”

https://youtu.be/53g7lCJr0ec

Steven Resnicoff, “The Perils of a Fundamental Faith in a Misconceived Version of Free Speech”

https://youtu.be/oiHNEl0b1Ks

Marc Dollinger, “A Tale of Two Campuses: Jews and Antisemitism in the Golden State”

https://youtu.be/b2Q38MSnANE

Matthew Brittingham, “Antisemitic Christian Conspiracists Denying Antisemitism: A Case Study in Religious Antisemitism, Rhetoric, and Networks”

https://youtu.be/LWVEnpKW5J0

Jakob Baier, “Antisemitism in American Rap Music”

https://youtu.be/4Tk_Wl8Mpk8

Irwin Cotler, “The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism: Its Origins, Importance, and Contemporary Applications”

https://youtu.be/ocf2bomS1MA

Judea Pearl, “Winning the Campus War: From Defense to Targeted Offense”

https://youtu.be/BSXwP66zdMY

Miriam Elman & Raeefa Shams, “’Zionists Not Welcome’: The Normalization of Anti-Normalization on American College Campuses”

https://youtu.be/_VH4_lfjfmg

Holly Huffnagle, “What Is Actually Working? Policy Prescriptions against Antisemitism in America”

https://youtu.be/gQWCGhttZ3E

Articles from SRS-IPA Archives 2021-2022

ARTICLES FROM SRS-IPA ARCHIVES
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Ultimate List Of Chicago Events: 75+ Festivals, Fairs, Parades And More To Celebrate In Spring And Summer 2022 Mack Liederman 4/14/2022 Block Club rounded up major events from all over the city so you can dance 'til you drop, grab delicious bites, listen to live music and more this spring and summer.
A glimpse inside mental health crisis response teams as Chicago creates versions without cops Chip Mitchell 4/6/2022 This is an article on the status of the developing teams of Paramedic-Social Worker-Police Officer that will respond to some 911/Crisis Calls. I am hopeful that these pilot studies will go well and inform how we need to adjust crisis response in a way that assists the community and the Police (and all first responders).
A Tale of Two Churches: One Fasting 'Whiteness' for Lent, the Other Making up for an Unintended KKK Connection Steve Warren Share via facebook Share via twitter Share via email 4/6/2022 Two churches are pursuing racial equality and justice in very different ways. Critics say one of the churches is woke-fasting everything white. The other is taking a proactive approach to make restitution.
How to say ‘Happy Ramadan’ in Arabic: Meaning of Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem greetings explained David Hughes 4/2/2022 After two years in which celebrations were severely hampered by Covid-19, the more social aspects of Ramadan can return this time around. This means that communities will once more get the chance to break their fast and pray together.
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Here’s what you should know Sam Romano 3/31/2022 Today, transgender and nonbinary people around the world will recognize International Transgender Day of Visibility. With transgender visibility in the US at an all-time high in politics, media and sports, today is a day for allies and advocates to show up and show support.
Canada Indigenous Meet Pope, Ask for Residential School Records Philip Pullella 3/28/2022 Survivors of Canada’s residential schools on Monday asked Pope Francis for unfettered access to church records on the institutions where Indigenous children were abused and their culture denied.
An Emotionally Damaged Boy’s Enduring Search for Love Ignites ‘Fire Shut Up In My Bones’ Hedy Weiss 3/25/2022 “Fire Shut Up In My Bones,” which received its first performance by Lyric Opera on Thursday evening, is based on the 2014 memoir penned by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow. The title of the opera, like that of Blow’s book, is drawn directly from the biblical story of Jeremiah, the severely persecuted “weeping prophet” known for his tender heart. But it is a deeply personal and contemporary story.
A new test looks at the way Muslim women are portrayed onscreen Juanna Summers, Linah Mohammad, & Sarah Handel 3/25/2022 The Muslim Women On-Screen Test is a new way to evaluate portrayals of Muslim women on-screen and address harmful stereotypes in media.
Why Ramadan is the most sacred month in Islamic culture Eslah Attar 3/23/2022 The sighting of a new crescent moon marks the start of Ramadan, a time for piety and self-reflection.
The Forgotten Legacy of Gertrude Snodgrass, Cofounder of the Chicago Food Depository Greg Trotter 3/23/2022 Although little exists online about the West Side woman’s life and contributions, we have the opportunity to better recognize her today.
‘The Bias Inside Us’ Smithsonian exhibit coming to Evanston Public Library April 9-May 8 Off the Shelf Blog 3/17/2022 The Evanston Public Library announced today, Friday, March 11, that it will host the “The Bias Inside Us” from Saturday, April 9, through Friday, May 8, 2022. The community engagement project from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) will raise awareness about the social science and psychology of implicit bias, the impact of this bias and what people can do about it.
Yes, you should talk to your kids about Ukraine. Psychologists explain how Madeline Holcombe, CNN 3/2/2022 Russia's attack on Ukraine has caused international outrage, and people around the world are feeling the stress and fear of watching the violence and wondering what will come next. That includes your children. With so many images of violence and so few answers, your kids likely are aware of the fighting even if it's far away -- and they are probably terrified.
Climate change: Extreme heat linked to more mental health emergencies Deep Shukla 3/2/2022 A study examining medical data from more than 2 million people across the U.S. shows that days of extreme heat in summer were associated with higher rates of emergency department visits for mental health conditions.
Stress in America: Money, inflation, war pile on to nation stuck in COVID-19 survival mode American Psychological Association 3/2022 To better understand the impact of the past two years on individual stress, the American Psychological Association partnered with The Harris Poll to conduct a survey between February 7 and 14, 2022. In light of recent events leading up to its release, the survey was supplemented by a late-breaking poll, fielded March 1-3. These more recent findings were alarming, with more adults rating inflation and issues related to the invasion of Ukraine as stressors than any other issue asked about since the Stress in AmericaTM survey began in 2007. Top sources of stress were the rise in prices of everyday items due to inflation (e.g., gas prices, energy bills, grocery costs, etc.) (87%), followed by supply chain issues (81%) and global uncertainty (81%).
Climate change and mental health: Expert tips on how to cope James Kingsland 2/21/2022 Extreme weather events, such as droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, and floods, have a clear impact on the mental well-being of the people who experience them. However, the persistent anxiety about the future of life on our planet can also take its toll. In this Special Feature, we explore not only the direct effects of climate change on mental health but also the importance of building resilience and turning “eco-anxiety” into action.
How Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Helped Remake the Literary Canon David Remnick 2/19/2022 The scholar has changed the way Black authors get read and the way Black history gets told.
At Trans- And Asian-Owned Han Training Gym, Members Find Inclusive Space ‘Where It’s Safe To Be Your Whole, Radical Self’ Jake Wittich 2/17/2022 Owner and personal trainer Minky Kim founded the Northalsted gym to create strength training programs that align with their values of radically dismantling white supremacy, queer- and transphobia, fatphobia, ableism and classism.
New Zealand just became the latest country to outlaw conversion therapy Rachel Treisman 2/16/2022 Lawmakers in New Zealand have passed in a near-unaninimous vote a bill banning conversion therapy, the dangerous and discredited practice that seek to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
New research maps wealth gaps in Chicago and Cook County Charmaine Runes 2/9/2022 A typical household’s wealth in the richest part of the Chicago area is 206 times that in the poorest area, according to the Urban Institute.
As anti-Semitism grows, so does its dangers to everyone. Here's how you can fight against it Ryan Bergeron 2/4/2022 Vlad Khaykin directs the Anti-Defamation League's programs on anti-Semitism. For him, it's personal.
New Map Shows Pollution Near Your Kid’s School — And Confirms Latino Neighborhoods Are Hit The Hardest Amy Qin 1/25/2022 An interactive map published by researchers at UIC allows residents to find out what sources of pollution are near their schools and homes.
Get to Know: Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones Lyric Lately 1/1/2022 Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’s powerful Fire Shut Up in My Bones recieves its much-anticipated Chicago premiere this spring at Lyric. Learn more about this bold and affecting opera and see the stunning new co-production between Lyric, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Opera come to life, March 24 through April 8.
Feel like you don't fit in either political party? Here's why Domenico Montanaro, NPR 11/9/2021 Pew study finds Americans aren't 2 distinct political parties but 9 distinct groups
Lawndale Christian Legal Center expands restorative justice program ABC7 Video October 30, 2021 Here is a brief video interview of a case that Lawndale Christian Legal Center hung-in with following LCLC's community-based restorative- justice model. I have had good conversations with Deshawn and would recommend his moving company to you as a great option for any commercial or personal moving needs.
Push To Reopen Shuttered Mental Health Clinics Challenged By City’s Top Doc Erin Hegarty, The Daily Line and Alex Nitkin, The Daily Line; Block Club Chicago Oct 19, 2021 Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is pushing back hard on a proposal from the City Council to reshuffle mental health spending to reopen city-backed clinics.
Why Everyone Is So Rude Right Now Belinda Luscombe, Time Magazine October 15, 2021 Re-entry into polite society is proving to be a little bumpy.
At least 85 percent of the world’s population has been affected by human-induced climate change, new study shows Annabelle Timsit and Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post 10/11/2021 At least 85% of the global population has experienced weather events made worse by climate change, according to new research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
California becomes first state to require ethnic studies in high school John Fensterwald, EdSource 10.8.2021 California has become the first state to require a semester-long course in ethnic studies to be enacted with the graduating class of 2029-30.
Who do American monuments honor the most? A landmark study finally has answers. Andrew Lawler, National Geographic 9.29.2021 Review of 50,000 historical monuments across the country concludes that they ‘misrepresent our history.’
Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe Vanessa Romo, NPR 9.17.2021 As the nation begins its annual celebration of Latino history, culture and other achievements, it's not too late to ask why we lump together roughly 62 million people with complex identities under a single umbrella.
West Side Legal Aid Program Will Bring ‘Community-Led Holistic Supports’ To Break Cycle Of Crime Pascal Sabino, Block Club Chicago Sep 8, 2021 Justice Rising is a collaboration between four neighborhood groups that aims to create a model for how young people interact with the legal system.
Kids In Illinois Will Soon Be Able To Take 5 Mental Health Days From School Acacia Hernandez, WTTW September 2, 2021 Starting in January, Illinois students ages 7-17 can take up to five mental or behavioral health days off from school, without having to provide a doctor’s note.
Chicago Rolls Out Mental Health Emergency Teams To Reduce Police Encounters With People In Crisis Justin Laurence, Block Club Chicago Sep 2, 2021 The Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement program will create teams focused on de-escalating an emergency and providing follow-up treatment.
August 27, 2021 Heather Cox Richardson, Blog Post August 28, 2021 The Posting below is an analysis of the Social and Practical Consequences of two dominant forces in US policy making: "Individualism vs. Collectivism". Being more practical and clear-eyed about which path is best for which policy seems to me to be the best Socially and Personally wise path forward.
American Muslims Are 2 Times More Likely To Have Attempted Suicide Than Other Groups Dalia Faheid 10.10.2021 "According to a study published last month in JAMA Psychiatry ...researchers attribute the high suicide attempt rate to two factors: religious discrimination and community stigma — both of which, they say, prevent Muslim American communities from seeking mental health services."
Can Deep Listening Heal Our Divisions? For bridge-builders in the U.S., the way forward is to engage deeply across lines of difference. Simon Greer, Greater Good Science Center 1/19/2021 At the start of 2021, five very different college campuses kicked off a program called Bridging the Gap. The program is focused on deep listening as the basis for effective communication across lines of difference. The promise of the course is that if we engage the “other,” listen to all stakeholders, and lead with humility and curiosity, then we can better solve the pressing issues facing our nation.

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