Deepening Racial Justice in Community Organizing
Black and Brown community organizers are at the forefront of building more just and inclusive communities. Balancing ambitious campaign goals with tight timelines, can leave organizers with limited spaces to reflect on their personal and professional relationship with Racism. In this dialogue for Black and Brown community organizers, educators, or anyone engaged in social justice movement work, we will explore the benefits and challenges of organizing cross-racially between Black and Brown Communities. The facilitators aim to create a space that fosters honest dialogue about how we can better lead together, deepen our relationships with one another, and set an example for youth from both of our communities.
The dialogues are free to attend and are presented in partnership with California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ).
About the Facilitators
Guided by the fullness of mind, spirit, and heart, Marcina Riley is on a mission to unearth the excellence in people and groups. Trained as a school counselor, Marcina believes we are given the chance to live each day for the sole purpose of keeping each other in our most loving thoughts—in our peace of mind. She believes that if we see each other with love, then we treat each other with love. And that her assignment for living, then, is to understand what love really is and how it functions institutionally. It is in learning this that her gift strengthens and softens: a mind that dares to think on the level of miracle, with a light that illuminates what's right—no matter how tough.
Alyshia Gonzalez is a first generation college graduate born in raised in Southern California with her B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and First Nations and M.A. in Sociology. She has six years of community organizing experience both at the local and state level. Alyshia ensures that her work fosters an environment where diverse communities are empowered to enact positive social change and shape their collective futures.
About the Racial Justice Dialogues
Each team of REHJ facilitators will decide upon the intention of their respective racial healing circle. Some circles will be cross-racial dialogues to build empathy across different racial and ethnic identity lines. Some circles will be racial affinity dialogues, where individuals of the same racial identity will grapple with the ways racism specifically impacts their community. Both kinds of dialogue circles are intended to provide space for community members to participate in storytelling and listening to build empathy and understanding.
The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, racism, and all forms of oppression through education, conflict resolution, and advocacy. Since 1963, CCEJ has engaged in work to transform individuals and communities, overcome conflict, and build real unity across differences throughout Southern California. To learn more about CCEJ’s work in youth and adult leadership, restorative justice, and racial justice, please visit www.cacej.org.