SUSO Series: Confronting Systemic Injustice

Three Part Series: January 26, February 2 & 23

January 26, Sheff vs. O’Neill
Guest speaker Elizabeth Horton-Sheff will present an update on the 1996 Connecticut Supreme Court case that resulted in a landmark decision regarding civil rights and the right to education. She will discuss the successes and the work that remains to be done to ensure a quality integrated public education for all Connecticut students. Courtney Bourns will moderate the discussion. Healthy snacks and beverages provided.

February 2, True Justice
We will show the acclaimed documentary “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.” Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. The film provides an intimate portrait of this remarkable man, follows his struggle to achieve greater fairness, and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it. Martey Rhine, a white woman with a passion for social justice, will lead a discussion. Lunch provided.

February 23, White Privilege
We will continue a deeper dive into a conversation about racism and white privilege. In fall 2019, we learned about the history of our racist systems and how oppression has continued. As we explore the impact of white privilege over black, indigenous and other people of color, our primary focus will be on self-exploration. Martey Rhine will facilitate the discussion. Healthy snacks and beverages provided.

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