Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve

“Refusing to Fight for Crumbs: Exploring the Intersections of Indigenous and Black Justice”

Guest: Jim Bear Jacobs
Thursday, October 1

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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 founder/convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories.”

“Facing Our Past, Present, & Future: The Duluth Lynchings and Anti-Racism Work”

Guest: Henry Banks, community activist & organizer from Duluth, Minnesota
September 15, 2020
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Henry L. Banks 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. Recently, he served as co-executive producer, co-writer, co-editor and narrator of the documentary The Alabama 35. He 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.

“Youth Lead Now: Equipping Young Leaders for Social Change”

Guest: Samantha Fuentes
August 6, 2020
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Samantha Fuentes is a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and leader in March for Our Lives. She continues to share her story of resilience and healing, which 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.”

“Sacred Disruption: Standing with Jesus at the Corner of 38th & Chicago”

Guests: Rev. Gary Green & Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis
July 15, 2020
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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?

“Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond”

Guest: Rev. Traci Blackmon
June 30, 2020
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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, who 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.

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