Social Justice Events and Resources

Social Justice Events and Resources

Trinity Episcopal Parish in Wilmington Delaware seeks social justice and equality where it does not exist today.  Our sensitivities to the problems in our modern society were highlighted when the George Floyd protests exploded through the US and the world during the height of the pandemic lockdown.  The problems can be addressed by reform in a wide range of areas: Police, Justice, Housing, Education, Employment, Voting rights and the list goes on in the City of Wilmington, the State of Delaware our region and country.  Our parish members volunteer their time and get involved in order to improve our community and make positive change to help others in need.  Below is a list of resources you might find helpful in order to learn more, raise your awareness and get involved in a cause that is close to your heart. This is a living document and if you have additional information to add please let us know.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Team Network Delaware

Civic Action Alert: Week of April 14th

  1. Policy ActionUrge Wilmington City Council to make its water more affordable, to stop foreclosing on properties for overdue water bills, and to end water shut offs for households with children, seniors and people with disabilities.
  2. News: Blood Bank of Delmarva declares a blood emergency
  3. Community Engagement: Christina(April 22nd 6-7pm), Appoquinimink(April 23rd 6-7:30pm), Red Clay Consolidated (April 30th 6-7pm), and Colonial (May 1st 6-7pm) are holding Zoom school board forums. Ask questions, meet candidates, and vote May 14th.

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Westminster’s Peace & Justice Group presents – 

KILLING IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm via Zoom

With Kevin O’Connell, Chief Defender of the State of Delaware

Delaware has a long and dysfunctional relationship with the death penalty. Kevin O’Connell will describe the history of capital punishment in the First State.  A veteran of dozens of capital murder trials and appeals, Kevin is one of the founding members of Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty.  In addition to the historical lesson,
evin will share stories from the cases and the people that he has come to know working in this area over the last 35 years.

Join us as we take a deeper look at the issues involved, as the Delaware legislature considers HB 70, An Act to Amend Title 11 of the Delaware Code Relating to the Death Penalty.

JOIN US ON ZOOM

And…

Racism in America: The History We Didn’t Learn in School

7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT

Wednesdays, April 17th – May 22nd, 2024

Presented by Sue Linderman

Knowing our past enables us to move forward in more meaningful ways.  Join us Wednesday evenings in person or via Zoom on a journey through American history unlike any other you have taken. We will see how our history has led us to our present situation, gain new perspectives on current events, and be inspired to act in support of equity and justice. This class series will offer you a safe place to explore, to learn, to grow.  We believe you will find this experience to be eye-opening, empowering and energizing.  We look forward to sharing this experience with you! To register, click here.

 

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InterFaith Power & Light
Wilmington Green Space Crawl & Mixer

Consider joining us in Wilmington on April 20th for four Earth Day events, in partnership with Delaware Nature Society and Delaware Sierra Club. Events include a Community Cleanup, a discussion on Eco-grief and Climate Anxiety, a Garden Planting Party, and an Earth Day Mixer for individuals aged 21+.
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Earth Day Green Space Crawl and Mixer

act.sierraclub.org

Saturday, April 20th
Various Events Run From 10:00am – 7:00pm

Transportation and light refreshments will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis.
https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002IQBxAAO&mapLinkHref=https%3A%2F%2Fmaps.google.com%2Fmaps&daddr=Earth+Day+Green+Space+Crawl+and+Mixer%4039.723081%2C-75.561338

Event 1: Community Cleanup
Dupont Environmental Education Center
10:00am – 11:30pm

Participate in the City of Wilmington’s Community Clean-Up day. Cleaning up around the Marsh, grounds, and Southbridge Wetland park. Bikes and scooters are available to ride over. Trash bags, pickers, and vests will be provided.

Event 2: Let’s talk about Eco-grief and Climate Anxiety
Westminster Presbyterian Church
12:00pm-1:30pm

It can be hard to think about climate change and how it will impact your future and the future of those you love. Many environmentalists find themselves struggling with these big feelings, and it can be tough to keep up the work when faced with such an existential crisis. The good news is you are not alone. Join us for a conversation about eco-grief and climate anxiety and share how you navigate it while maintaining joy.

This event is open to everybody, not just those associated with Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Event 3: Garden Planting Party
Haynes Park
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Help kick off the Haynes Park pollinator garden project by planting native plants and tidying up around the park. Following the gardening session, we’ll transition into a fun craft activity where each person can make a birdhouse to take home, along with bird seeds.

Event 4: 20s and 30s Earth Day Mixer
Wilmington Brew Works
4:30pm – 7:00pm

It can be hard making friends as an adult, and even harder to make friends who share your passion for the environment or the outdoors. This Earth Day, we hope to provide a space to network and meet other environmentalists in their 20s and 30s to help close this gap. The Earth Day Mixer is going to be a part of an ongoing effort to engage a new group of environmentalists, but this event is open to anybody 21+.
RSVP for Earth Day Crawl & Mixer

Earth Day Green Space Crawl and Mixer

act.sierraclub.org

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ywca Delaware

Let’s Talk Series, Join us on Monday, April 22nd, at 6:30pm for a discussion on Gun Violence, covering topics such as intimate partner violence, gun violence in communities of color, and the Second Amendment’s implications for protection.  We’ll be joined by guest speakers Mariann Kenville-Moore, Director of Advocacy and Policy at the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Traci Manza Murphy, Executive Director at Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, and a representative from the Center for Structural Equity.

The United States boasts the highest number of civilian-owned firearms globally. However, despite this statistic, headlines and research reveal that gun violence poses a significant threat to public health and safety. From school environments to music festivals, nightclubs, homes, and communities nationwide, women endure disproportionately high levels of gun violence, placing them at increased risk of harm and fatality. This week, we’ll delve into the historical context of gun ownership in America and its profound impact on marginalized communities.

Register

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H.O.M.E.S. Campaign

The ACLU of Delaware recently signed on to an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to protect unhoused people from the cruel and unusual punishment of being arrested or fined for simply existing. Please see the message below the HOMES campaign and join them on a trip to DC to show support for the rights of unhoused people:

We are inviting you all, partners and advocates, to join us in Washington DC on April 22 to mobilize for the Supreme Court case Johnson vs. Grants Pass being heard on April 22, 2024.  H.O.M.E.S is working with the National Coalition for the Homeless to organize a bus to go down to DC to show our support! This case connects to our efforts here in DE for a Homeless Bill of Rights.

A bus will leave DE at 5:30am and leave DC by 3:00pm.

Location pick-up/drop-off: Westin Wilmington 818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE.

Pick-up time: 5:30am

Depart time: 3:00pm

Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/…/being-homeless-is-not-a…/

Breakfast and lunch will be provided!

The bus can accommodate 2 individuals in wheelchairs–please let us know if any of the individuals will need this accommodation.

Below is the schedule and location once in DC:

Location: Steps of Supreme Court (1 First Street NE, Washington, DC)

Issue: On April 22, The Supreme Court will hear the case of City of Grants Pass,Oregon v. Johnson, the most significant Supreme Court case about the rights of people experiencing homelessness in decades. The Supreme Court will determine whether a local government can arrest or fine people for sleeping outside when adequate shelter is not available.

Gather at SCOTUS: 8:30am

  • 8:30AM – 9:00AM There will be an action with folks laying down on the sidewalk (those who are able!) with blankets, other folks chanting and holding signs
  • 9 – 10AM – Build & break bread together! There will be some coffee and other drinks and bakery items from a Black owned DC bakery
  • 10AM – 12PM – Rally & press event!
  • 12 – 1PM-ish – When court lets out, hold a final press event & public report back!
  • 1PM-ish to 2:45 We’ll go back to the Lutheran Church and have lunch and debrief about the days events and brainstorm next steps
  • 3PM get on the bus to go home

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ACLU 

How to Vote in Delaware’s School Board Elections

At the ACLU of Delaware, we believe that an informed voter is an empowered voter. That’s why we’re excited to announce the relaunch of our voter information website, VoteDelaware.org, and our new voter guide ahead of the 2023 School Board Elections on Tuesday, May 14.

The decisions of all elected officials have direct impacts on communities- school boards are no exception. Whether you have children in school now or not, school board elections are opportunities for voters to help protect some of the most vulnerable student populations, and impact entire communities.

In addition to information on dates, deadlines, methods of voting, and voter assistance, VoteDelaware.org, integrates an easy way for you to learn about the candidates running in your districts and stay up to date on upcoming events like school board candidate forums.

VISIT VOTEDELAWARE.ORG

Also featured on VoteDelaware.org, is our new comprehensive voter guide, “How to Vote in Delaware’s School Board Elections” created in partnership with the Delaware Voting Rights Coalition and available in both English and Spanish with downloadable voter information graphics for social media.

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

We’re excited to help close the gap between voting and election information and candidate awareness and to take a step towards overcoming the issues and challenges that impede Delawareans from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

Looking for more ways to learn about the candidates running in your district?Check out the VoteDelaware.org event page for upcoming candidate forums.

VIEW UPCOMING FORUMS

With the school board elections just less than a month away, we encourage you to visit the website and check out the guide to learn more and make a plan to vote on Tuesday, May 14.

See you at the polls,

ACLU of Delaware

 

Antiracism RESOURCES

YWCA Antiracist Resource page

Here you can find Antiracist resources such as books, movies and podcast to further your personal education. To register or find out more about our programs visit: www.ywcade.org/what-we-do/rsj/

Books 

Non-fiction 

Roll Jordan Roll by Eugene Genovese
Displaying keen insight into the minds of both enslaved persons and slaveholders, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways that enslaved persons forced their owners to acknowledge their humanity through culture, music, and religion. He covers a vast range of subjects, from slave weddings and funerals, to language, food, clothing, and labor, and places particular emphasis on religion as both a major battleground for psychological control and a paradoxical source of spiritual strength.

Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabelle Wilkerson
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

Autobiography of Malcolm X As told to Alex Haley
In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.

Malcolm X by Manning Marable
Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. Reaching into Malcolm’s troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents’ activism as followers of Marcus Garvey through his own work with the Nation of Islam and rise in the world of black nationalism, and culminates in the never-before-told true story of his assassination.

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion.

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious.

 

Fiction

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings– Maya Angelou

The Underground Railroad-Colson Whitehead

The Bluest Eye-Toni Morrison

The Color Purple– Alice Walker

 

Anti-Racism

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness– Michelle Alexander

How to Be an Antiracist-Ibram X.Kendi

White Fragility– Robin Diangelo

So You Want to Talk About Race– Ijeoma Oluo

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

 

Movies

Glory – R – 1989 – 2hr. 2 min – Available on Netflix

Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States’ first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.

Do the Right Thing – R – 1989 ‧ Comedy-drama ‧ 2h 5m – Available on Hulu, Sling, Amazon Prime

Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

13th – 2016 ‧ Documentary/History ‧ 1h 40m – Available on Netflix

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Just Mercy – PG13 – 2019 – Drama – 2h 17m – Available on HBOMax, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube

After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.

Green Book – PG13 – 2018 – Comedy/Drama – 2h 10m – Available on Hulu, Sling, Amazon Prime

Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

If Beale Street Could Talk – R – 2018 – Romance/Drama – 1h 59m – Available on Hulu

In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

12 Years A Slave – R – 2013 – Drama/History – 2h 14m – Available on Hulu, Amazon Prime

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life forever.

Malcolm X – PG13 – 1992 – Drama – 3h 22m – Available on HBOMax, Amazon Prime, Vudu

A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the ’50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

Mississippi Burning – R – 1988 – Mystery/Drama – 2h 8m – Available on Hulu, Amazon Prime

When a group of civil rights workers goes missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) are sent in to investigate. Local authorities refuse to cooperate with them, and the African American community is afraid to, precipitating a clash between the two agents over strategy. As the situation becomes more volatile, the direct approach is abandoned in favor of more aggressive, hard-line tactics.

BlacKkKlansman – R – 2018 – Crime/Drama – 2h 16m – Available on YouTube, Amazon Prime

Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Crash – R – 2004 – Crime/Drama – 1h 55m – Available on Hulu, HBOMax, Amazon Prime

Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11. Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).

Selma – PG13 – 2014 – Historical Drama – 2h 8m – Available on Hulu, Sling, Amazon Prime

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Help – PG13 – 2011 – Drama/Romance – 2h 27m – Available on Netflix, Paramount Network

In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter’s best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.