Interested in learning more about Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)? This group formed in 2017 to educate parents and support Newton Public Schools (NPS) in its efforts to respond to racism. One program ("Courageous Conversations") is being rolled out over five years in Newton Public Schools.
To learn more about FORJ or to get involved, contact Amy Behrens at Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy is the FORJ Coordinator and parent coach helping form school teams--groups of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in monthly all-school FORJ meetings. These meetings offer opportunities for education, planning, and networking. Parents/guardians are welcome to join at any time.
Want links to websites, books and more? See the FORJ website at https://forjnewton.wordpress.com/resources/
Newton Public Schools: newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2953.
Tuesday, January 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Angier Elementary in Newton
FORJ parents Carl and Nadine Thompson will interview Dr. Robin Bernstein, a professor of African-American studies at Harvard, about her perspective on how ideas of “childhood innocence” are constructed racially from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.
PART 1 -7:30-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Bernstein will help us think about how we need to be asking different questions in order to move our schools and society forward to ensure justice, protection and equity for all children. The Thompsons will share a bit about their own experience of raising African American boys in Newton during the Q & A part of the discussion. Please read this article by Dr. Bernstein if you have time: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/opinion/black-kids-discrimination.html
PART 2 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Meet with other high school parents to reflect on what you learn from the discussion.The FORJ Planning Team will be available to offer support and resources as needed. This is also a great time to spend just getting to know each other better. Please bring a computer if you wish to take notes.
Thursday, February 8 (snow date February 13), 7:30 p.m., location TBD
FORJ Team Presentations and Planning Meeting
We will host an evening for self-selected FORJ teams to present what is working well at their schools and to be available to other teams who want guidance and inspiration. Everyone will also have an opportunity to meet with his/her own team to do some planning for 2018.