"Examine the present and learn from the past to see how the future will unfold. Too often we just look at the present and base our actions solely on that."
~ Shinjo Ito
Overcoming Racism: Reclaiming History and Paying What’s Due is the theme of this year’s conference. The theme focuses on two distinct and related topics:
1. Historical Recovery - reclaiming movements, strategies, approaches from the past that could be useful in our current work—if they were known, and
2. Paying What’s Due to those harmed by oppressive acts sanctioned by government and every other sector in our society in which primarily Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities were stripped of their land, rights and ability to create generational wealth. Black and Indigenous people also experienced cultural genocide, of which the after effects are still felt today.
- Participants will have knowledge about the history of successful and failed racial justice/equity movements, why some succeeded and how others were disrupted and/or derailed, and use that knowledge to strengthen current racial justice/equity efforts/movements.
- Participants will have knowledge of current racial justice/equity movements/efforts focused on reducing and eliminating racial disparities and creating remedies and repairing the injustices and harm BIPOC communities have and continue to experience, and be able to join those efforts.