Section goals include the promotion of social responsibility for civil and human rights and the values of justice, peace and the public interest within the science, profession, education and training of psychology; the recognition of exemplary achievements of social responsibility in the field; and the maintenance within IPA of a focus and forum in which the relevance of social responsibility for all areas of psychological endeavor can be advanced.
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:
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:
- 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?
- A Discussion Guide
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
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
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:
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
List of Interviews
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.
- 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
Again, there are many other great books on Racial Justice that build beyond these books targeting awareness-building in people of privilege. They each have their focus, such as"
- Martin Luther King Jr. 1968 “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”
- Columbus Salley & Ron Behm’s 1970 “Your God is Too White”
- Tom Burrell 2010 “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority”
- Derald Wing Sue’s 2015, “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding the Difficult Dialogues on Race”
- Ta-Nehisi Coates 2015 “Between the World and Me”
- David P. Long’s 2017 “Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation”
- Nikhil Pal Singh 2017 “Race and America’s Long War”
- Jennifer Harvey 2017 “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America”
- Jemar Tisby 2018 “The Color of Compromise: The Truth About The American Church’s Complicity in Racism”
- Ibram X. Kendi 2019 “How to Be An Antiracist”
And the list could go on!
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:
- The New Jim Crow
- The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
- Study Guide to "The Sum of Us" (published by "Super Summary") written by Heather McGhee (2021) - only 73 Pages
- Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm
- Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Rah
- American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodward
- Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace
- How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
Holiday Books for Children:
- Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson (Author) Reggie Brown
- The Real Santa by Nancy Redd (Author) Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
- 'Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong (Author) Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
- Tree Of Cranes by Allen Say
- I Got The Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison (Author) Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
- The Day Santa Stopped Believing In Harold by Maureen Fergus (Author) Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)
- The Nutcracker in Harlem by T. E. McMorrow (Author) James Ransome (Illustrator)
- Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne (Author)
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Author)
- A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World by M. E. Furman (Author) Susan Gal (Illustrator)
- Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules (Author) Kathryn Mitter (Illustrator)
- Potatoes At Turtle Rock by Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman
- We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (Author) Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
- Three Wise Women by Mary Hoffman
- Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington (Author) Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
- Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis (Author) Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
- The People Shall Continue by Simon J Ortiz
- Every Month Is A New Year by Marilyn Singer and Susan L. Roth
- Queen Of The Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
Websites from Archives
- APA’s Apology and Addressing Racism Page
- “On October 29, 2021, the APA Council of Representatives passed three resolutions which include acknowledging and apologizing for APA’s role in promoting and perpetuating racism and racial discrimination in the U.S.; the role of psychology and APA in dismantling systemic racism in the U.S.; and advancing health equity in psychology.”
- The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.
- The Justice Journey Alliance is a non-profit Christian ministry in Chicago, which sponsors regular opportunities for people of all races, ages, and faiths to come together to seek mutual understanding and to develop community-based solutions to promote equality, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity awareness, in support of racial reconciliation and social justice.
- Community Behavioral Healthcare of Illinois
- The Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA) is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization representing the interests of community behavioral healthcare agencies in the state of Illinois.
- World Health Organization - World Mental Health Day
- Dedicated to the well-being of all people and guided by science, the World Health Organization leads and champions global efforts to give everyone, everywhere an equal chance to live a healthy life.
- The Family Institute at Northwestern University
- Through research, education and clinical services, The Family Institute at Northwestern University is one of the nation's leading relationship-based behavioral health organizations committed to strengthening and healing children and adolescents, couples, families and individuals.
- Lawndale Christian Legal Center
- Lawndale Christian Legal Center is the only community-based legal practice in Chicago dedicated to the felony criminal defense of juveniles and emerging adults.
- We are the home of grassroots activism for civil rights and social justice. We have more than 2,200 units across the nation, powered by well over 2 million activists. In our cities, schools, companies, and courtrooms, we are the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, Ida B. Wells, Thurgood Marshall, and many other giants of civil rights.
- OpenMind is an interactive, psychology-based platform designed to foster intellectual humility, empathy, and mutual understanding across a variety of differences. OpenMind equips people with skills and a shared language to overcome their differences and work together to solve their collective problems. OpenMind provides a set of tools that universities, organizations, and corporations can use to depolarize their communities.
- Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are.
- Equal Justice Initiative
- The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
- Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.
- Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.
- Charity Watch
- CharityWatch—founded in 1992 as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP)—is America's most independent, assertive charity watchdog. Our charity ratings do not merely repeat what a charity reports about itself using simplistic or automated formulas. We dive deep to let you know how efficiently a charity will use your donations to fund the programs you want to support. CharityWatch exposes nonprofit abuses and advocates for your interests as a donor.
- 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.
- Old Town School of Folk Music World Music Wednesdays
- A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent!
- First thing you must do is Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
- People, especially those who can afford it, can use hybrid cars
- Eat low on the food chain
- Use air conditioning and use less heat
- Reduce, recycle, and reuse
- Buy energy-efficient products
- Drive smart and less
- Take care of your car
- Avoid air travel as much as possible
- Plant a tree
- Grow on your own
- Water should be used sparingly
- Use less hot water
- Avoid products with excessive packaging
- Buy green electricity
- More teleconference and telecommunication
- One can replace the light bulbs
- Dry the clothes by hanging them on the line
- People can use non-toxic household products
- Often use the “off” switch
- Choose organic foods that are in season and go local
- Don’t buy fast fashion
- Buy less stuff!
- People should learn to conserve
- Vote thoughtfully
- Entire playlist of videos of the conference talks at our international scholar's conference "Antisemitism in Today's America"
David Harris, KEYNOTE: “Combating Antisemitism at Home and Abroad: A Frontline Perspective”
Armin Langer, “Antisemitic Tropes in the Online Right-wing Conspiracy Collective Q Anon”
Ildikó Barna and Árpád Knap, “Conspiratorial Antisemitism Connected to George Soros in Hungary and America”
Balázs Berkovits, “Conspiracy Theories and Antisemitism in the United States. The Question of ‘Antihegemonic’ Critique”
Jim Wald, “From Christian Replacement Theory to ‘Jews Will Not Replace Us’: The Strange
Mark Silinsky, “The Green-Red Axis and Is Implications for Jews in America”
Jeffrey Herf, "Hamas and the American Discourse of Avoidance: Reflections on Anti-Anti-Fascism"
Gὕnther Jikeli, “What Can We Learn about Antisemitism from Conversations on Social Media?”
Mohammed Al-Azdee, "Was the Khutbah about Israel? Jews? or Both? What Imams Preach in American Mosques"
Cary Nelson, “Does Academic Freedom Protect Antisemitism?”
Pamela Nadell, “Through Women’s Eyes: Antisemitism in America”
Joseph Edelheit and James Moore, “The Legacy of Rosemary Reuther’s Wrath and Anti-Zionism”
Marc Neugroeschel, "Antisemitic and pro-Israel: Ideological Conflicts among Donald Trump Supporters: A Qualitative Social Media Analysis”
Christoph Irmscher, “Antisemitic Prejudice in American Critiques of Freud”
Dave Rich, “Between Black Lives Matter and White Privilege: The Impact of American Discourses on British Jews”
Ricki Hollander, “Antisemitism in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Role of Jews”
Naya Lekht, “Between Particularism and Universalism: Antisemitism Education in America”
Steven Resnicoff, “The Perils of a Fundamental Faith in a Misconceived Version of Free Speech”
Marc Dollinger, “A Tale of Two Campuses: Jews and Antisemitism in the Golden State”
Matthew Brittingham, “Antisemitic Christian Conspiracists Denying Antisemitism: A Case Study in Religious Antisemitism, Rhetoric, and Networks”
Jakob Baier, “Antisemitism in American Rap Music”
Irwin Cotler, “The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism: Its Origins, Importance, and Contemporary Applications”
Judea Pearl, “Winning the Campus War: From Defense to Targeted Offense”
Miriam Elman & Raeefa Shams, “’Zionists Not Welcome’: The Normalization of Anti-Normalization on American College Campuses”
Holly Huffnagle, “What Is Actually Working? Policy Prescriptions against Antisemitism in America”
Articles from SRS-IPA Archives 2021-2022
|ARTICLES FROM SRS-IPA ARCHIVES|
|Article Title||Article Author||Date of Article||Description of Article|
|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.|