Our 2019 cohort
We are honored that President Barack Obama, through the Obama Foundation, singled out our grassroots organization by providing a direct link to our website in his newsletter. https://www.obama.org/updates/this-shouldnt-be-normal/
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Following the horrific events in Charlottesville and in response to the rise of hate speech, many Long Islanders came together to hold a communities-wide vigil condemning racism. Hundreds of people from diverse religious, ethnic and political backgrounds stood in solidarity on that summer evening.
Realizing that a one-day event does not lead to substantive change, many people began to ask what could be done to address the vast divides within our country. At this point the Anti-Racism Project was created.
We are committed to searching deep within ourselves to confront the ways systemic racism and privilege influence and continue to tear our society apart.
The Anti-Racism Project offers a number of different learning programs:
The Project offers our communities a way to examine the critical and persistent issue of racism. Working with trained volunteer facilitators and a well designed curriculum participants engage in interactive experiences to examine the realities of institutionalized racism, internalized racism and white privilege, and understand how they feed ongoing racial injustice.
The Project’s goals are to develop a better understanding of the diversity within our neighborhoods, create a united community and encourage anti-racism activism and personal social action plans.
Our eight meetings over a period of three months are designed so that all participants have a voice as we respond to the program materials and share our own life experiences. Participants are asked to commit to attending all eight two-hour sessions.
In addition, we provide mini-workshops on the issues of white privilege and racial microaggressions in a variety of venues including libraries and houses of worship, as well as professional development for school staff.
Local organizations have provided us with rent-free space for our sessions however, we need funding to print our participant manuals, purchase materials, provide continuing facilitator training, publicity/outreach, gratuities for the custodial staff where we will hold meetings, and for light refreshments.
Facilitators and graduates of our Fall 2018 eight-week sessions.
Supporting organizations are: RaisingVoicesUSA, Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre, Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth, United Church of Rockville Centre, and Sisterhood of CSBE. These organizations are only able to provide us with minimal funding.
We would greatly appreciate your support!
For more information about the Anti-Racism Project please check out our website:
- Elliott Bird
- Julio Salazar
- Danielle Ditalia