Racial Justice Spots

Each week the Racial Justice Group offers a Racial Justice Spot, a quote and call to action/event/educational opportunity.  The events are usually time sensitive, but we are listing the links as some of them will have recorded Zoom sessions offered.
 
 
February 17th
Without a vision the people perish, but without courage dreams die. – Rosa Parks
 
Education: Dismantling Racism training sponsored by the National Capital Presbytery: Cohort One Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. begins Holy Week and runs for four classes from March to May. Go here to learn more and register.
 
Action: 1) Become familiar with the Movement for Black Lives here.
            2) The Virginia Rent Relief Program was developed with the advocacy of VOICE . The federal moratorium on evictions expires on 3/31/2021 but there is rent relief available to qualifying families reaching back to 4/1/2020. Rent relief can cover a cover up to 15 months, including paying forward 3 months. Citizenship status is not considered in awarding relief. However, 65% of available funds must be allocated by 9/30/2021 in order for the program to extend past that date to the end of the year. Therefor, we must make every effort to spread the word and encourage families in danger of eviction to apply. Do you know a way to get the word out? Contact Dan Campbell.
 

February 10th

“Engaging in self-reflection and inspired dialogue, we can help dismantle the wall of separation by removing our personal ‘brick.’ If we each take responsibility for doing that, eventually the wall will crumble.”  Milagros Phillips, 8 Essentials to a Race Conversation: A Manual to a New Dialogue 

 

Event: Politics and Prose Live! Robert Jones, Jr.— The Prophets – in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin: https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/pp-live-robert-jones-jr-prophets-in-conversation-maurice-carlos-ruffin

Action: Trinity is a discerning member of VOICE which is focusing on housing equity and criminal justice reform. Become familiar with the Arlington Affordable Housing Plan here. More information about criminal justice reform is coming. To learn more, attend the Racial Justice Group meetings by sending an email to Magda Hanna
 
February 3rd

 “I am no longer accept the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis

Action/Education: 

VOICE Research Action Series: February Events: VA’s Rent & Mortgage Relief Program

February 4, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Meet with the one of the heads of VA’s Rent & Mortgage Relief Program. Agenda will include: 1) What is it? 2) How has it changed since it has received over $520M in federal monies for rent relief? 3) How do tenants and landlords get needed rent relief? Hear updates from VOICE leaders on what they have learned about the program as they have worked to get out the word about it to renters, school staff, landlords and others, and more…. Sign up here.