Great News and MLK Day March 2017

Thanks to you, WE DID IT! We surpassed our fundraising goal of $3000 for our 2017 Monterey County Gives! Big Idea, CommUNITY Conversations, raising a total of $3460. Read more about this project in our most recent newsletter.
Thank you to all of our supporters, and please stay tuned to learn how you can participate in these workshops and discussions where people from diverse backgrounds will come together and discover common ground on difficult issues. We also look forward to a culminating celebration and resource fair later this year.
NCBI would also like to invite our friends to walk with NCBI in this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day March.
WHAT: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March in Seaside
WHEN: Monday, January 16th at noon (plan to arrive by 11:30am)
WHERE: The march begins on the corner of Broadway and Noche Buena and ends at Oldemeyer Center; find NCBI with our red banner
Save the Dates for Other Upcoming Community Actions:
Jan 19th: Black Lives Matter-Seaside and Pause the Calls Rally at Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Jan 20th: Rally for Unity and Equality at Window on the Bay
Jan 21st: Women’s March at CSUMB
Find details about these events on the Monterey Peace and Justice Center’s website

One NCBI Workshop Participant Shares Her Experience

Combined Destinies Workshop: An Opportunity for Healing

By Evelyn Kahan

On Saturday March 12, 2016, a multi-racial group of 24 attended an exciting and thoughtful workshop based on a book entitled COMBINED DESTINIES: WHITES SHARING GRIEF ABOUT RACISM edited and authored by NCBI’s own Ann Todd Jealous and Carolyn T. Haskell. Workshop participants had read two specific chapters (made available by download) from the book before arriving on Saturday. The afternoon began with two focus pieces: Sue Parris and J.T. Mason each read their short yet powerful writings, from the book. Armed with all that, we were launched directly into the heart of an experience. An inner circle of participants spoke of racism in their own lives. The variety of those experiences, from all corners of our country, were eye-opening, expanding my knowledge of the many insidious as well as open ways that racism shows up in the U.S., how it impacts people of color, and a glimpse of what that does to white people, whether the racism comes from us or we witness it.

We explored how those experiences made us feel. Our stories were “played back” to us by our partner in the outer circle who had practiced active listening. The three hours sped by as deep thought and feelings of the participants carried us on a healing journey facilitated by Ann and Caroline. All participants wanted more of this healing and edifying experience. Happily it is likely Ann and Caroline will grace us with a new workshop along this journey to end racism.