Refusing to fight for crumbs: Exploring the intersections of Indigenous and Black Justice
Guest: Jim Bear Jacobs
Thursday, October 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Born in St. Paul, Jim Bear Jacobs is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. Presently he is director of racial justice and community engagement at the Minnesota Council of Churches. He is also a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is founder/convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories,” an initiative dedicated to creating events of dialogue, education, and healing, particularly within faith communities. RSVP
Earlier Webinars in the Series
Facing Our Past, Present, & Future: The Duluth Lynchings and Anti-Racism Work
Guest: Henry Banks, community activist & organizer from Duluth, Minnesota
September 15, 2020
Henry L. Banks is a community leader, community organizer and racial and social justice activist residing in the Twin Ports of Duluth/Superior. He is the former senior producer and host of WPR’s People of Color with Henry Banks, a talk show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Recently, he served as co-executive producer, co-writer, co-editor and narrator of the documentary The Alabama 35. He served the Duluth Superior region as founder and first co-chair of the Clayton Jackson McGhie (CJM) Memorial board and project, recognized by National Geographic as one of the top memorials in the U.S. He served the city of Duluth for eight years as a planning commissioner and is a nationally certified anti-racism educator, trainer and organizer through Crossroads Chicago and The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans. Henry is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and was one of the major leaders behind the planning, development and building of the University of Minnesota Duluth Multicultural Center and Programs.
“Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond”
Guest: Rev. Traci Blackmon
June 30, 2020
The Conference’s new webinar series to expand racial justice awareness launched with the Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of the United Church of Christ, talking on “Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond.” She has become a leading national voice in the struggle for racial justice in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly six years ago.
“Sacred Disruption: Standing with Jesus at the Corner of 38th & Chicago”
Guests: Rev. Gary Green & Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis
July 15, 2020
Rev. Gary Green and Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, both faculty members at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, had a dynamic conversation about how our sacred scriptures and our theologies can help shape our responses to George Floyd’s murder and a history of racial oppression. How can we disrupt existing realities to create something new?
“Youth Lead Now: Equipping Young Leaders for Social Change”
Guest: Samantha Fuentes
August 6, 2020
Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and leader in March for Our Lives, shared her story of resilience and healing that fuels her commitment “to uplift the voices of the silenced, and remind us that ALL our experiences matter regardless of color, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation.” Samantha seeks to rally bystanders to participate in change when they witness injustice, because “anything is possible in numbers.” The webinar was co-moderated by Rev. Kevin Brown and Cecilia Alexander, an intern with the Minnesota Conference UCC helping manage the new youth/young adult Instagram channel and connect youth to social justice opportunities.