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
Becoming Aware of Systemic Inequity in the USA
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 oppression and constructing social justice.
What follows is our most updated listing of resources for deconstructing implicit biases and unpacking privilege to move into a stance of social responsibility. This resource guide focuses on broadening and deepening awareness of the ongoing systemic oppression affecting many groups across the country.
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!
The Social Responsibility Section has included many books below on various topics of social justice and responsibility. 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
- 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
- Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
- Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States
- An Indigenous People's History of the United States
- The Making of Asian America
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
- One Fair Pay: Ending Subminimum Pay in America
- Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City
- The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
- Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
- There Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification From the Ground Up
- A Queer History of the United States
- The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
- Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
- The Stonewall Reader
- Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution
- The Transgender Issue: Trans Justice Is Justice for All
- Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
- Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability
- Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada
- Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
- Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care
- Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
- Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions
- What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat
- The Body Liberation Project: How Understanding Racism and Diet Culture Helps Cultivate Joy and Build Collective Freedom
- Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
- Reproductive Justice: An Introduction
- American Desi
- Brown Is Beautiful: A Poem of Self-Love
- Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
- Beautifully Me
- Being You: A First Conversation about Gender
- My Shadow Is Purple
- Daddy, Papa, and Me
- My Rainbow
- Finding My Dance
- Mrs. Katz and Tush
- Alma and How She Got Her Name
- Mi Ciudad Sings
- Hannah and the Ramadan Gift
- Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race
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
Volunteering and Resources:
- 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.
- 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.
- Opportunity Knocks
- Opportunity Knocks is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to enriching life and community. We exist to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live, work, learn, grow and connect within their community.
- 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.”
- Be a Super Ally with the 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’:
- 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|
|The Gospel Belongs to the ‘Heathen,’ Not White Saviors||Yanan Rahim Melo||10/12/2022||Kathryn Gin Lum’s Heathen: Religion and Race in American History evoked feelings of a past that continues to haunt me. I grew up in the “mission field” of the southern Philippines, surrounded by white Americans who dedicated their lives to missions and charity work.|
|Opinion: Who is at fault for America’s soaring gun violence? Experts weigh in||CNN||10/13/2022||Concerns about violent crime and guns remain top of mind for American voters, polls show time and again. These issues certainly stick with Kathy Pisabaj, of Chicago, who was 19 in 2018 when she was shot by a stranger and nearly died.|
|It’s one of the most radical and prophetic speeches in American history. And hardly anyone knows about it||John Blake, CNN||10/11/2022||When people talk today about Frederick Douglass’ speaking prowess, they often cite his defiant “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” address. But he gave another speech that deserves wider recognition because Douglass spoke with uncanny precision about the kind of debates we’re having now about race, immigration, and what makes America exceptional.|
|Can Christianity and Indigenous Worldviews Ever Be Reconciled?||Patty Krawec||October 2022||We all moved. We moved across oceans and land. But there is a profound difference between moving and being moved. Between being welcomed and being used.|
|Indigenous Peoples' Day – October 10, 2022||National Today||continuously updated||Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October, on October 10 this year, to honor the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.|
|United Methodists’ Native American International Caucus Calls for End to Columbus Day||Emily McFarlan Miller, RNS||10/5/2022||The Native American International Caucus, which advocates for Native Americans both inside and outside of the United Methodist Church, is calling on lawmakers to get rid of Columbus Day. To replace the federal holiday, which this year falls on Oct. 10, the caucus is asking Congress to approve several bills formalizing Indigenous Peoples Day as a legal public holiday, according to a statement from the caucus posted on it website Tuesday (Oct. 4).|
|Disability: Part of the Equity Equation||US Department of Labor||continuously updated||Observed annually in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices.|
|What Is Yom Kippur?||Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center||continuously updated||Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, when we are closest to G‑d and to the essence of our souls. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” as the verse states, “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d.”1|
|U.S. Congress reaches a milestone in Indigenous representation||Jaclyn Diaz||9/20/2022||Rep. Mary Peltola's election to the U.S. House of Representatives made history in several ways. With her recent swearing-in, it became official for the first time in more than 230 years: A Native American, an Alaska Native and a Native Hawaiian are all members of the House — fully representing the United States' Indigenous people for the first time, according to Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele of Hawaii. Now, there are six Indigenous Americans who are representatives in the House.|
|About National Hispanic Heritage Month||9/15/2022||Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.|
|What Does ‘White Christian Nationalism’ Even Mean, Anyway?||Mitchell Atencio||9/8/2022||After the Jan. 6 insurrection, many wanted to understand how signs declaring “Jesus Saves” mixed with gallows and chants of “hang Mike Pence!” The answer, according to some sociologists and political analysts, was Christian nationalism.|
|UN Report: US fails to implement terms of treaty on eliminating racial discrimination||Southern Poverty Law Center||9/9/2022||A United Nations committee that is reviewing U.S. compliance with an international treaty on racial discrimination has issued findings that should be seen as a serious rebuke and wakeup call for the Biden administration.|
|There are barely any Muslims on popular TV series, a new study says||Anastasia Tsioulcas||9/7/2022||Muslims make up 25% of the global population and Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world — but Muslims only comprise 1% of characters shown on popular televisions series in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.|
|Sunday Musings: A Pro-Choice God||Diana Butler Bass||9/4/2022||Today’s lectionary texts include four interesting passages. Usually Sunday Musings explores only one text. But today I want to draw one theme — choice — from the four readings.|
|‘Rings of Power’ Is a Tolkien Tale of the Corruption of Goodness||JR. Forasteros||9/2/2022||The corruption of goodness is not an unfamiliar theme in The Lord of the Rings. Young Galadriel’s plight introduces what may be the first season’s central concern: How do we recognize evil in the world?|
|A Summer of Climate Disasters||German Lopez||9/7/2022||Heat waves in the U.S., wildfires in Europe, floods in Asia: This summer has shown how the climate crisis has made extreme weather a part of everyday life.|
|Online search algorithms reflect – and perpetuate – gender bias||Emily Reynolds||8/25/2022||The problem of bias in artificial intelligence (AI) is of growing concern. Algorithms have, for example, wrongly classified the faces of Black women when detecting gender; wrongly predicted that a Black defendant will reoffend twice as often as wrongly predicting that a White defendant will reoffend; and shown far more men than women on Google image searches for the term “CEO”. This last study even found that biased image searches can actually shape people’s beliefs about the number of men and women who hold particular occupations.|
|Bringing the Culture War to the Pulpit||Brian Kaylor and Beau Underwood||8/30/2022||I believe that the Bible and the Constitution do not have to contradict so long as the Constitution is seen as being breathed out of the words of the Bible by our founding fathers. And the only way that the Bible and the Constitution would ever contradict is when we interpret the Constitution through the current cultural lens of compromise, capitulation, and buckle to the sins and sexual wickedness of the people. Yes, you’ve walked into one of those churches|
|Enforce the Gun Laws We Already Have||Kevin D. Williamson||6/6/2022||This article emphasizes the case for actually funding and enforcing the gun laws we currently have|
|Cook County juvenile jail is locking kids, teens in their cells for most of the day, scathing review finds||Jonah Newman||8/24/2022||In a scathing report, a group of juvenile justice experts says the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center — a five-story fortress on the West Side with courtrooms and a public school that houses as many as 175 youths — should be permanently shut down and replaced with smaller, community-based facilities focused on rehabilitation.|
|AP-NORC poll: Most in US say they want stricter gun laws||Sara Burnett||8/22/2022||Most U.S. adults want to see gun laws made stricter and think gun violence is increasing nationwide, according to a new poll that finds broad public support for a variety of gun restrictions, including many that are supported by majorities of Republicans and gun owners.|
|Why do right-wing NRA pro-gun 'conservatives" believe they should be able to "Open Carry" their guns in public, thus making themselves self-appointed police with authority over the rest of Americans? The way Kyle Rittenhouse did at a BLM protest?||William Connell Cawthorn, Jr.||08/11/2022||Why was Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted? Because the jury ruled his actions were justifiable self-defense, based on the evidence presented and Wisconsin state law. Even one of the witnesses for the prosecution confirmed Rittenhouse’s account of the incident.|
|Hundreds of Jan. 6 Cases||Ian Prasad Philbrick||08/21/2022||Nineteen months after the Jan. 6 attack, hundreds of criminal cases that stem from it are playing out in court. They have been getting less attention than the Justice Department’s scrutiny of Donald Trump, but my colleague Alan Feuer has spent hours and hours watching these trials. This morning, he offers you a glimpse of them.|
|How to talk about disability sensitively and avoid ableist tropes||Shruti Rajkumar||8/8/2022||Disability can be difficult to talk about sensitively because of how embedded ableism is in our language, biases and perceptions of disability. Conversations about disability are slowly increasing, especially when it comes to ableist language and how disabled people are represented in the media.|
|What the Curious History of 'Judeo-Christian’ can Teach us about Defeating White Christian Nationalism Today||Eboo Patel and Robert P. Jones||7/20/2022||The hearings conducted by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol have highlighted the powerful role that white Christian nationalism played in the attack on the Capitol. The Congressional Committee featured Trump ally Roger Stone firing up a crowd of pro-Trump protestors the day before the insurrection with this statement: “This is nothing less than an epic struggle for the future of our country. Between dark and light. Between the godly and the godless, between good and evil, and we will win this fight or America will step off into years of darkness.”|
|Everyday Violence||German Lopez and Ashley Wu||7/8/2022||These everyday killings received far less attention than the mass murder at the parade. But they are the standard for American gun violence: More than 95 percent of gun homicides this year have been shootings with one to three victims.|
|7 persistent claims about abortion, fact-checked||Jaclyn Diaz, Koko Nakajima, and Ben Underwood||6/24/2022||Since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ruled that women have a constitutional right to end their pregnancies, proponents and opponents of abortion rights have worked to own the conversation over the issue.|
|30 Great LGBTQIA+ Books for Kids and Teens||Denise Schipani||6/1/2022||There was a time when LGBTQIA+ parents and children had a hard time finding their family’s faces and feelings in the pages of children’s and young adult books. No more. Ever since Heather Has Two Mommies appeared on shelves in 1989, more books, geared to everyone from the youngest tots to questioning tweens and teens (not to mention to their parents), are filling the gap and helping families grow in understanding.|
|Pride Month: How It Started and How to Celebrate||Mona Khalifeh||6/1/2022||Taking place every June, Pride Month celebrates the self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The month-long celebration was given the name "Pride" to encourage those feelings as the community comes together to celebrate and bolster LGBTQ+ rights movements. As people rally together, ET has put together a guide to all things Pride, including a brief history, how to celebrate and support.|
|Know Your Rights - Reproductive Health Care for Youth in Illinois||ACLU||continuously updated||If you are under 18 you have the right to make many decisions about your own reproductive health in Illinois. Find more information and resources below.|
|We look at why economic inequality began soaring in the U.S. four decades ago.||David Leonhardt||6/5/2022||a brief and clear presentation on why working and middle-class families in the USA are so drained from increased work-hours as a result of non-livable wages in full-time work that they cannot spend energy and time with their children and community|
|LGBTQ+ PEOPLE & ROE V. WADE||Human Rights Campaign||6/10/2022||Women, transgender men, and nonbinary people are under attack right now|
|HRC Explains Gender-Affirming Care||Human Rights Campaign||[youtube video]||What is gender-affirming care? We break down what it is, what it’s not and why it’s life-saving.|
|The Juneteenth flag features 3 important symbols. Here's what they mean, according to the flag's creator.||Marielle Descalsota||6/19/2022||The Juneteenth flag — a banner with a bursting star — is being flown across the US on June 19, a celebration to commemorate Black emancipation and the freeing of 250,000 enslaved people in Texas.|
|https://www.insider.com/juneteenth-flag-symbols-meaning-colors-star-outline-explained-2022-6||Hannah Bowman||6/6/2022||The shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., as well as mass shootings earlier this summer in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, raise questions about how Christians should respond to gun violence. For many people, including Christians, the answer is legislation — the hope of getting Congress to pass laws that would restrict ownership of guns.|
|On gun violence, the United States is an outlier||Heathline||5/31/2022||Among 64 high-income countries and territories, the United States stands out for its high levels of gun violence. The US ranks eighth out of 64 for homicides by firearm (age-adjusted).|
|22 Books to Read During AAPI Heritage Month, Recommended by AAPI Writers||Sanibel Chai||5/11/2022||To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we asked AAPI writers to share the books (some of them award-winning) that have moved, inspired, and astonished them.|
|Poll: Black Americans fear more racist attacks after Buffalo shooting||Silvia Foster-Frau||5/21/2022||Two years after George Floyd’s murder, nearly 8 in 10 Black Americans say there has been little or no improvement in how police treat Black people, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll|
|About That Bible Verse You See on Anti-Abortion Signs||Katherine Pater||5/24/2022||Earlier this year, I preached on Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Anti-abortion protestors, including Christians, have long offered this verse as part of their “pro-life” arguments: they tweet it, use it as a proof text, and use it to sell mugs and T-shirts.|
|What is and isn’t allowed by Illinois’ gun laws||Patrick Smith, Courtney Kueppers||5/25/2022||Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Buyers here are required to undergo a background check and get a permit in order to purchase firearms.|
|Prejudice among Trump supporters increased after he became president||Emily Reynolds||4/29/2022||Whether or not Donald Trump’s presidency actively increased prejudice or simply emboldened those who already held bigoted views was frequently debated during his term. A new study looks more closely at prejudicial attitudes during the presidency, exploring the views of over 10,000 American citizens.|
|Not even water? And other things not to say to your Muslim friends during Ramadan||Eda Uzunlar||4/28/2022||For about 2 billion Muslims around the world – a quarter of humanity – it's Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. There are about 3.45 million Muslims in the United States, and that number continues to climb. But if you're not Muslim, you might still not know exactly what to say (and not say) to Muslim friends, co-workers and colleagues during the month, whether they're fasting or not. Here are a few tips from Muslims across the United States collected over the course of Ramadan!|
|Cases of antisemitic hate reach historic levels across U.S., Illinois, new report finds||Tom Schuba||4/26/2022||Cases of antisemitic hate rose to historic levels last year both in Illinois and across the country, according to an audit released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League.|
|Take Action Against Climate Change With These Tools and Resources||Heather Higinbotham Davies||4/21/2022||These apps and online spaces can help you manage your eco-anxiety—and take steps to tread more lightly on the planet.|
|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, CNN||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. Here's what you should know.|
|CANADA INDIGENOUS MEET POPE, ASK FOR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECORDS||PHILIP PULLELLA, REUTERS||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.|
|A new test looks at the way Muslim women are portrayed onscreen||Juana Summers, Linah Mohammed, Sarah Handle - NPR||3/25/2022||There are not a lot of Muslim women in American television shows or movies. For many people in the U.S., the first Muslim woman character that comes to mind is probably Princess Jasmine from the animated Disney film, Aladdin. And that's a bit of a problem.|
|An Emotionally Damaged Boy’s Enduring Search for Love Ignites ‘Fire Shut Up In My Bones’||Hedy Weiss, WTTW||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.|
|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.|
|Stress in America||APA||3/11/2022|
|Distribution of white supremacist propaganda is increasingly coordinated, ADL says||Jeff Dean||3/3/2022||The distribution of white supremacist propaganda around the country remained high last year, with nearly 5,000 incidents reported, or an average of 13 per day, the Anti-Defamation League says.|
|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.|
|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 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.|