Meeting Announcments

Our September meeting  to kick off the Fall season will be next week, September 12th, 2017,  at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. The meeting will start at 7 PM.

Again this month we will be having our meeting downstairs in the Youth Lounge.

Self-Care in Troubling Times

As the summer winds down and the new season starts, we want to take time to discuss and share the self-care strategies that can sustain us.  We are constantly facing tweet storms, hurricane storms, and toxic rising racial waters that have the potential for discouraging the population.  But it is important to stay focused on the goals of real justice and not be distracted by any sleight of hand.  What can be learned from history?  What can Holocaust survivors teach us about resilience?  What does the journey of captured Africans tell us about resistance and adaptation?

In addition, we will spend some time reviewing the discussion guidelines and norms we owe to each other for our meetings. Since our primary way of widening our circle is through building relationships, we encourage you to invite someone you are connected to that you sense is interested in walking with us on this journey to racial healing and equity.  The survey indicates that we are all interested in reaching out to more people of color and younger voices.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Many of you have heard that Park Hill United Methodist Church is now a sanctuary location with a family currently seeking refuge there.  Security has been enhanced as we continue to be welcomed to use the building for our meetings.  We can only enter the building from the parking lot where someone will be there to open the door for us.  You may not be able to gain access if you are more than 45 minutes late.

The large parking lot on the north side of the church is accessible off of Glencoe St, that is just east of the church. The door to the church you should use is the one that opens onto that parking lot. If you have passengers with mobility difficulties, you can pull up to that entrance and then park in the lot or on the street. Just inside the door, take the stairwell down to the lower level and follow the hallway, turning to the left into the Youth Lounge. If the stairs are difficult, go straight ahead from the door and find the elevator in the narrow hallway.

If you are new or aren't sure, our first meeting after this summer hiatus will be on September 12th -- the second Tuesday of September.  Save that date!

We will be sending out an email announcement about a week before with information about that meeting -- the topic and maybe some readings.  So, if you are not on our email list please send us an email to secondtuesdayraceforum@gmail.com   with your name and email address.

Hope to see you!

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  It was on June 19, 1865 that 2,000 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved, some 250,000 in this state, were now free.  Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

June 19 became the day of celebration for black folks in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and other neighboring states. Juneteenth was made an official state holiday in Texas in 1972.  It is celebrated today with parades, picnics, parties, and other cultural gatherings in over 200 U.S. cities.

We will be having our annual Celebration for Juneteenth on Tuesday June 13th at 6:30 PM at Park Hill United Methodist Church.

Please note that we will start this month at 6:30 PM, a half hour earlier than usual.

For our celebration, we will have a "sponsored" pot luck. We are arranging to provide generous servings of fried catfish and spareribs. We are asking that each of you who are coming will bring along some complementary dishes to serve. We always look forward to the tasty favorites that folks bring to share!

Alas, we also have to ask that you contribute a donation to cover the costs. Our suggestion is that you donate $10 if you can afford it. Please don't let it stop you from coming if you cannot. Donate what your can; we want you to come!

Won't You Please RSVP to this invite by emailing to secondtuesdayraceforum@gmail.com  by Friday June 9th so we can place our food orders. Tell us how many guests you are bringing, and what dish you are going to bring in one of the categories below:

Veggie Side
Bread
Salads
Drinks : Strawberry or Red Pop
Vegetarian main dish (for vegetarian folks)
Dessert
Ice

Cups and Plates

Napkins, Knifes and Forks.
If you are reading this after June 9th, and you have not Replied, come anyway.
A final note: Denver's 2017 Juneteenth Music Festival will be held on Saturday June 17th in the 5 Points neighborhood.  Here is a link to their website:

 

http://juneteenthmusicfestival.com/

 

Reports from the White Privilege Conference in Kansas City

The theme this year for WPC 18 was “Organizing, Strategizing, Taking Action.  Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy and Privilege.” At least 20 people from Denver and the Second Tuesday Race Forum attended the conference, and some presented. They are excited to share with us in the May meeting some of the most impactful presentations and workshops they attended.  Then we will get to break into groups to explore in more detail some of the topics presented that came out of the conference.  This is a great opportunity for us to gain insights and strategies from a variety of topics.  We hope that other Denver area residents who attended may be able to join us for the first time.

Beyond Vietnam – 50 Years Later

April 4th was the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” sermon which was delivered at Riverside Church in New York City. It was delivered at a time when the country was perhaps more divided than any time since the Civil War. We face a similar division today. In our April meeting we will review, discuss, and unpack this powerful address.
Dr. King talked about the triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism. You are invited to join us as we identify the ways these giant triplets are at work today and how this sermon remains relevant after 50 years has passed.
We invite you to read or listen to the full sermon at: http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/. Also, attached to this message is a summary and review of his ideas, “Beyond ‘I Have a Dream’”.