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Past Antiracism Lunch Discussions

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  • December 2009 - Health Care Reform and Disparities - Where's the Debate? with Renee Landers and Elmer Freeman
  • October 2009 - Separated at Slavery, Reunited at Verse with Marcos Bellemy (Sese)
  • October 2009 - Unraveling the Right-Wing Attacks on Obama with Chip Berlet
  • July 2009 - Community Conversation: Racism Thrives in a "Post-Racial" Society 
  • July 2009 - International Aid to Palestinians: Helpful or Oppressive? with Nora Lester Murad
  • May 2009 - Understanding Palestine and Israel: A Framework for Equality and Justice in the Palestinian Struggle for Liberation with Salma Abu Ayyash
  • May 2009 - Understanding Palestine and Israel: Israel/Palestine, South Africa, and the USA: Making the Connections with Nancy Murray
  • April 2009 - Understanding Palestine and Israel: Perception and Reality of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with Omar Baddar
  • April 2009 - Understanding Palestine and Israel: Grief Born of Injustice: the Ongoing Nakba & the Palestinian Experience with Hillary Rantisi
  • March 2009 - Understanding Palestine and Israel: History Matters with Elain Hagopian
  • February 2009 - Daily Life in Palestine and the Assault on Gaza with Jean Entine & Susan Jacoby 


  • December 2008 - Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex: Report Back from the 09/08 Critical Resistance Conference
  • December 2008 - More Than Traces: Examining the Enduring Impact of Slavery with Charles Ogletree, Tim Wise, Stephanie Robinson, Katrina Browne, and Donna Bivens
  • November 2008 - The 2008 Election: What are the Implications for Antiracism Work?
  • October 2008 - Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth
  • October 2008 - Shirley Chisholm: Architect of Change in Modern America with Joseph Edgecombe
  • October 2008 - Black, Proud, Latino: The Afro-Latino Journey for Inclusion with Yvette Modestin
  • September 2008 - Uncounted: Denied, Denied, Lost, Altered: The New Math of American Elections
  • September 2008 - Echoes of Silence, Peace, Justice, Beauty: One People, One Planet with Paul Baker Hernandez
  • July 2008 - Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
  • July 2008 - The Declaration of (Whose?) Independence: Frederick Douglass' "The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro"
  • May 2008 - Undoing the Silence: Writing for Social Change Action with Louise Dunlap
  • May 2008 - The "Wright Problem" is a "White Problem": The Mainstream Press Reacts to the "Audacity of Truth"
  • February 2008 - Foreclosure: An Urgent Crisis for Tenants and Communities with Roxan McKinnon
  • February 2008 - Who's in the House?: Gatekeepers in the Halls of Power with Jamarhl Crawford 


  • October 2007 - Why did White Progressives Drop the Ball in Jena? with Lydia Bean
  • September 2007 - What Makes Me White? with Aimee Sands
  • July 2007 - The MCAS Reform Bill with Rep. Carl Sciortino
  • July 2007 - The Declaration of (Whose?) Independence: Frederick Douglass' "The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro"
  • June 2007 - Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes
  • May 2007 - Facing Race: Is "Colorblindness" the New Racism? with Ty dePass
  • March 2007 - Tenant Collective Bargaining: The Intersection of Racial & Class Justice in Boston with Steve Meacham
  • March 2007 - Amnesty For Prisoners of Katrina: An Event for Gulf Solidarity, Local Organizing and Camaraderie with Danni West
  • February 2007 - Keep Our Families Together: Reframing Our Understanding of Immigrants and Immigration Policy with M. Elena Letona
  • January 2007 - Martin Luther King, Jr. & The Global Justice Movement with Khalil Ihsan Nieves


  • October 2006 - The CORI System: Its Uses & Needed Reform with Fran Fajana Staff
  • October 2006 - Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence with June R. Cooper
  • September 2006 - Help T-Riders Union Stop MBTA Fare Increase
  • September 2006 - Women Peace Activists from Sudan with Boston Women's Fund
  • The Wealth Gap: What Does It Have to Do With "Racism"? with Chaka Uzonda (United for a Fair Economy) - 07/12/06
  • Communication Discrimination Threatens Boston with Hiram Scott (Boston Neighborhood Producers' Group) - 05/17/06
  • The Evolving Muslim-American Community with Salma Kazmi (Islamic Society of Boston) - 04/25/06
  • ¿Oíste?: Challenges Faced by the Latino Community with Giovanna Negretti - 04/11/06
  • All Aboard! All Aboard!: Commuter Rail Workers for Equal Rights with Bill Regan - 03/08/06
  • Framing the War on Terror with Nancy Murray (ACLU)  - 02/01/06


  • Is Yellow White or Black? Race, Politics, and Asian Americans with Dr. Paul Watanabe (Institute for Asian American Studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston) - 10/21/04 . Asian Americans are the fastest growing and least understood racial group in the United States. A detailed portrait of Asian Americans reveals at least three dominant themes: growth, diversity, and complexity. The knotty problem of where to locate Asian Americans racially, given the dominance of the Black-white paradigm, has had important consequences for Asian Americans and the larger society. Paul will point to historical experiences and prevailing realities that suggest that issues for Americans of Asian descent have been constructed in different ways by different people—with enormous personal and societal consequences. We will look at how the legal and political realms, as well as social and cultural life, have been affected.

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  • The State of the Dream with Dedrick Muhammad and Attieno Davis of United for a Fair Economy- 03/25/04. Discussion of racial inequities in unemployment, family income, imprisonment, average wealth and infant mortality are actually worse than when Dr. King was killed, according to United for a Fair Economy’s new report, "The State of the Dream: Enduring Disparities in Black and White." The report contrasts the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the reality of the continued racial divide.

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  • Who Sets the Agenda? When Will Environmental Justice Have its Day? - 03/10/04 . The Money in Politics project is highlighting what many of us know intuitively – that Massachusetts’ pay or play political system locks out the interests of voters of color because they are not serious financial contenders in the campaign finance system. Hear from Galen Nelson, author of a December 2003 report on the patterns of political giving (and receiving) in Massachusetts, then learn about one of the casualties of this system: the Clean and Healthy Communities Act. Senator Barrios will talk about this bill, which would give communities of color and low-income communities more say in their own neighborhoods’ destiny. The bill has been awaiting action in the State House for three sessions, held back by the monied opponents who benefit from the status quo. Speakers include, Massachusetts Senator Jarret Barrios, Co-sponsor of the Clean and Healthy Communities Act, an Act to Establish Environmental Justice in the Commonwealth and Galen Nelson, Director, Money and Politics Project, The Commonwealth Education Project. Click on links to listen:

Donna Perry
Senator Jarret Barrios
Galen Nelson

  • Footprints on the Land: Stories about Race - 02/18/04. Author Helen Helfer, interviewed 52 people, Black, White, Native American, Filipino, Chinese and Latino, ranging in age from 19-82, about their experience with race in the U.S.




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