Anti-Racism Team Update

The team has these recommendations for books, events, and more!

Things to Read:

Meditations of the Heart, Howard Thurman. Suggested by Jane Carden, this is a beautiful collection of meditations and prayers by one of our greatest spiritual leaders. This compilation features his thoughts on prayer, community, and the joys and rituals of life. Thurman addresses moments of trial and uncertainty and offers a message of hope and endurance for people of all faiths.

New York’s Ban on Evictions is Expiring. What Happens Now?” an article in the New York Times. (Please note that non-subscribers can access up to four free NYT articles per month.) Learn about opportunities for advocacy as the State allows the eviction moratorium to end without adopting the sweeping eviction protections of the Good Cause Eviction bill, supported locally by many housing advocacy groups, including the Rochester City-Wide Tenant Union.

Events to Experience:

The Interview screening at the Little Theatre, January 20, 7:00 pm. In partnership with RocACTS, the Parole Justice Coalition with VOCAL-NY presents a creation by filmmakers from Oprah Winfrey’s TV network, Jonathan Miller and Zachary Russo. The film reveals the human cost of New York’s broken parole release process and why reform is needed. You can watch a trailer for the documentary here. The film is approximately 21 minutes in duration, and we’ll have a panel discussion after. This event will be free and open to the public, with proof of vaccination required. RSVP online at

Perspectives on Policing: Past, Present and Future, January 24, 7:00pm. Re-imagining Policing with Danielle Ponder, Esq., Community Activist and R&B/Soul Artist. Supported by statistics and facts, Ms. Ponder will look at serious crimes (5%) vs. less serious ones (95%), the size of the police force today and what it might look like to shift some of the current funding into community-based and community-led support services. No reservations required. Find additional information here.