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Racial Justice Charter Newsletter: March 2016

Racial Justice Charter Newsletter: March 2016

The Racial Justice Charter Support Team

Racial Justice Charter Support Team

In January 2016, the Racial Justice Charter Support Team (RJCS) convened for the first time. The team was created to help give Racial Justice Charter committees the concrete tools to meet the urgent internal/external racial justice needs they face on a daily basis. The RJCS Team will eventually consist of five two-person teams that will be designed deliberately to be cross-racial in each jurisdiction. More details to come on how you can reach out to and get resources from the team!

Left to right, back: Deborah Williams, Clara Ester, Nichea Ver Veer Guy, Vicki Busby, Bernice McCray, Janis Rosheuvel. Left to right, front: Jessie Cunningham & Susan Kim.

Questions and Answers: Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action

Q: How is the water-poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, an issue of racial injustice?

Flint A: The Flint, Michigan, water crisis is the result of years of ruthless policies that have disproportionately affected people of color. Little has been said about the cause of the Flint River pollution itself; the river was polluted by industry that has not been held accountable. When Governor Snyder installed an emergency manager whose job was to impose austerity, he instructed that manager to cut the budget and the cost of services at every turn, and effectively took away the peoples’ voices. When residents complained and even yelled, they were not heard; instead they were placated and even outright lied to. Although water delivery has seen some improvement, little has been done about the water pollution. Today, the poor disproportionately pay for this situation.

Underfunded schools in disrepair, a lack of public transportation, a dearth of fresh fruits and vegetables or even a grocery store, high rates of maternal and child mortality, and a plentitude of environmental toxins are making people sick. These are the intersecting pressure points that are currently attacking the sanity, the health, and the lives of the people, including the children, of Flint.

But the most horrific aspect of this situation is that the problem is bigger than Flint. These conditions are a national issue. African-American children suffer from lead poisoning across the country at three times the rate of white children, yet the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program budget was cut in half in the 2016 fiscal year. The federal government must provide the funding to address these significant physical and mental health inequities.

Help others understand what happened in Flint with an infographic

Posted or updated: 3/14/2016 11:00:00 PM

Voting Rights Are Racial Justice

Fifty years ago saw the historic passing of the Voting Rights Act. But today, this hard-fought right to vote is in peril.  
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United Methodist Women Supports Film on Doctrine of Discovery

As a part of United Methodist Women Board of Directors’ and Program Advisory Group’s (PAG) efforts to heal and realize just and right relations with Native American communities, the organization supported the production of a film through the Mennonite Church USA. The 43-minute film, entitled Link opens in a new window. The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Jesus Christ, consists of three parts:
  • History of the Doctrine of Discovery and its basis in Christian theology and scripture
  • Living the Doctrine of Discovery
  • Undoing the Doctrine of Discovery
View the film then continue the conversation about working toward achieving the Link opens in a new window. Acts of Repentance.

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