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Hermayne Gordon

Thank you to everyone who attended our Disrupting Racism Learning Series! We had a great turnout with over 40 participants from the Woburn, Winchester and Winthrop area. The workshops were facilitated by Executive Director of Network for Social Justice, Liora Norwich and recently appointed Interim Assistant Director of the Woburn Library, Hermayne Gordon. 

Participants engaged in thoughtful and reflective conversations regarding their own understanding of race and racism. In each session, they learned key concepts, terms, and theories. Many teachers attended these sessions to learn how to bring these conversations into their classrooms. The final workshop ended with a presentation and discussion on racism in the suburbs and the ways housing policies affect racial equity.  

We appreciate everyone who joined us and participated in these engaging and impactful discussions. During this time, it is important to keep on educating ourselves about the ways in which we can interrupt racism in our own communities. Below is a list of books that were shared by participants who attended the screening of Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North. They address many of the issues brought up in the Disrupting Racism Series. 

 

 

More resources can be found on our webpage here: http://sciwoburn.org/traces  

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Black History Month Recap 

In celebration of Black History Month, we partnered with Network for Social Justice to host our Three Part Disrupting Racism Series Workshop and a screening and discussion of the film,  Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North. The Disrupting Racism Series was designed to give participants tools so they can disrupt racism on a micro-level among their own community. Participants discussed their own understanding of race and racism and learned new concepts and theories surrounding racial justice. 

Our screening and discussion of Traces of the Trade was also a big success! Nathalie Lecorps, owner of the local Haitian catering business, Gourmet Kreyol, made a special menu for this event.  Diane and Perry Constance, who appear in the film, helped moderate the post film discussion. Perry Constance served as SCI first Board Chair!   

Volunteer Needs 

SCI is still looking for volunteers to assist seniors with snow shoveling! We are recruiting volunteers who would be interested in being matched with a senior long-term.  We just need you to make sure their walk is clear, their driveway is clear and any heating or ventilation vents on the outside of their homes are cleared of snow.

If you are interested in volunteering please email Liandra Reyes at lreyes@socialcapitalinc.org or text SHOVEL to (339) 298-7789.   

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Disrupting Racism Three Part Learning Series 

Social Capital Inc. is partnering with Network for Social Justice to bring you the Disrupting Racism Series on Tuesday, February 9th, 23rd, and March 9th.  Participants will map out their own anti-racism journeys, learn key concepts and theories surrounding racial justice, and gain practical tools they can use to disrupt racism in their everyday lives. Priority for this event will be given to those who live, work, and/or worship in Winchester and Woburn, but those from other communities are welcome to attend as well.

 Each session will begin at 7PM and run for 2 hours. It is recommended that participants attend all 3 sessions but the option to register for one day is also available. 

Click here to register for the series

For more information please email SCI AmeriCorps member Sophie Ichizawa at sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org

Dinner with a Movie, Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North  

Join us for a screening and discussion on Friday, February 26 from 6-9pm! Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North is a compelling documentary which not only offers its audience the opportunity to reflect on the often untold story of the North's role in the slave trade. Dain and Constance Perry, who appear in the film, will be there to help moderate the post-film discussion. Dain Perry served as SCI’s first board chair! 

More information on the film can be found here.

Click here to register.

For more information please email SCI AmeriCorps member Sophie Ichizawa at sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org


Woburn Parent Support Forum

On Wednesday, February 17th at 6PM, the Woburn Parent Network is hosting its next Parent Support Forum. These forums are designed to give resources and support to Woburn parents. We will have a short presentation followed by a moderated discussion where parents will be able to discuss any challenges they are facing, as well as share any parenting tips or resources they may have.

Click here to register for the support forum.

The Woburn Parent Network (WPN) is a collaboration between SCI Woburn, Woburn Public Schools and The James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club. Created by Social Capital Inc., the WPN’s mission is to support local parents by fostering spaces for connections and community building, while also offering relevant programming and resources. 
 

If you would like to take part or wish to be put on our new WPN email list, please email SCI AmeriCorps member Sophie Ichizawa at sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org

Volunteer Needs

With the inclement weather approaching SCI is hoping to match volunteers with seniors for the remainder of the winter.

If you can commit to shoveling out a senior in or near your neighborhood please contact Liandra at lreyes@socialcapitalinc.org and she can match you with a senior in need.

We just need you to make sure their walk is clear, their driveway is clear and any heating or ventilation vents on the outside of their homes are cleared of snow.

If you are interested in volunteering please email Liandra Reyes at lreyes@socialcapitalinc.org or text SHOVEL to (339) 298-7789.

Seeking Translators for WPN Parent Support Forum 

The Woburn Parent Network is seeking translators for our next Woburn Parent Support Forum on Wednesday, February 17th.  We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to translate outreach materials and/or who would be willing to help lead the forum. 

We are seeking volunteers who speak Spanish and/or Portuguese but are also interested in recruiting volunteers who know French or Hatian Creole. 

If you know any of these languages and would be interested in translating for us, please email SCI AmeriCorps member Sophie Ichizawa at sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org