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Council Member Elections

If you consider yourself a supporter or constituent of Roots of  Justice, please take a minute to cast your vote for two new members to our Accountability Council (board). (The poll closes on September 17.)

Starting a New Story

by Conrad Moore Ignorance is bliss. White people can decide if and when they want to enter the discussion about systemic racism, or not. We need to go much farther than just conversations about race. It is time to get to the hard work of dismantling institutional racism. The YWCA’s Race Against Racism is merely
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“The kingdom of God for which the true

“The kingdom of God for which the true

“The kingdom of God for which the true prophets are now in the streets crying out, demanding, will upend our white world no matter how much we believe ourselves to be allies. Perhaps we can participate in that coming kingdom, but we do so in a confessional posture…not a prophetic stance.” http://rachelhackenberg.com/dear-white-preachers-take-off-your-prophets-mantel/

When There is No Peace: Where are the Saints? Reflections on visiting Ferguson.

When There is No Peace: Where are the Saints? Reflections on visiting Ferguson.

Pam Nath has been living and working in New Orleans for the past seven years. She works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States and is a Roots of Justice trainer. She wrote this post for distribution to various Mennonite church publications as well as ROJ. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has
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I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 2

Jennifer Harvey’s second post on feeling bad about being white. Here, she summarizes of Janet Helms’s work on white racial identity development.

Andrea Smith on Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism

Andrea Smith on Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism

Since 2000, colonialism has been an important part of the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training. Andrea Smith brings her insightful analysis in this fine piece on her Decolonization blog, “The Colonialism That is Settled and the Colonialism That Never Happened.” With a historical analysis, she points to the interconnections between settler colonialism and anti-Black racism: [S]ettler colonialism does not
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I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 1

I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 1

So true: Critiquing “whiteness” doesn’t degrade white people. Rather it expects white people to be mature and open to growth.

Tammerie Day wrote this post reflecting

Tammerie Day wrote this post reflecting

Tammerie Day wrote this post reflecting on 2 workshops ROJ presented at #WildGooseFest http://ow.ly/yyXDi

Vincent Harding has Transitioned

Vincent Harding has Transitioned

Vincent Harding, one of the great Civil Rights leaders, died yesterday. Roots of Justice feels a special connection to him, since he and his wife Rosemarie we involved in some early racial justice work with Mennonite Central Committee, ROJ’s former parent organization. “You can’t start a movement,” Harding said, “but you can prepare for one.” via Rest
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Story: ROJ makes an impact

Story: ROJ makes an impact

Your support of Roots of Justice makes possible the story that Dawn Longenecker tells in this video. The young adults in the Discipleship Year program that Dawn directs leave their year of service having attended ROJ’s Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training and take what they’ve learned into their next positions. As Dawn says, “It’s exciting!” Your gift of
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