ENGAGE
Saturday, January 13th, 2018

continuing the work
seminars

 
We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (assassinated April 4th, 1968, in Memphis, TN, while supporting strike of city sanitation workers)
 
When we speak of the poor, please note, we do not take sides with one social class. What we do, is invite all social classes, rich and poor, without distinction, saying to everyone, let us take seriously the cause of the poor as though it were our own.
— Archbishop Oscar Romero (assassinated March 24, 1980, in El Salvador, while saying Mass.)
 

Dismantling Racism:  Understanding Race and Privilege
Co-sponsored by Saratoga Unites
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Dutcher Community Room
Saratoga Springs Public Library

Jean Fei

Jean Fei

This interactive workshop builds on our life experiences to better understand race and racism, how racism harms all of us, and what we can do to interrupt it. We encourage anyone who is concerned about racism to attend.  Facilitated by Jean Fei, who has designed and delivered racism awareness and people of color empowerment training since the Dismantling Racism Project in 1998. She is an independent consultant for schools, colleges, and social service programs, locally and nationally.


Immigration & Human Rights:  A Case for Central America
Co-sponsored by Saratoga Immigration Coalition
Presented by Kevin O'Brien & Terry Diggory
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Dutcher Community Room
Saratoga Springs Public Library

Nueva Esperanza del Norte Inc. (NEDN)

Nueva Esperanza del Norte Inc. (NEDN)

This program seeks to promote understanding of immigration from Central America as human experience, the ground of human rights. The recent documentary film, “The Genesis of Exodus,” which will be featured in this program, bears witness to the human experience of thousands of individuals and
families who leave Central America in the hope of fulfilling their human rights in the United States. In the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights are human rights, grounded in the essential worth of every human being regardless of country of origin or current place of residence.

Kevin O’Brien applied his training in Social Planning and Clinical Social Work for forty years in diverse roles within the network of human service care in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. From 2006 to 2016, O’Brien and other volunteers from the Saratoga Springs area ran a non-profit educational program for El Salvadoran youth, Nueva Esperanza del Norte Inc. (NEDN).   Having begun traveling to El Salvador in 1990, O"Brien continues to visit that country, working with NEDN alumni and their families,
as well as consulting with community-based NGOs.
            
Terry Diggory is a retired Skidmore College English professor. He is one of the coordinators of the
Saratoga Immigration Coalition.
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Saratoga-Immigration- Coalition-458540114506608/

 


America's Family Tree
Co-sponsored by Frederick Allen Lodge #609 and
     Mary A. Carter Temple #36

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Frederick Allen Lodge
69 Beekman Street,  Saratoga Springs, NY

Sharon Leslie Morgan

Sharon Leslie Morgan

Sharon Leslie Morgan will present on the basics of how to research one’s family ancestry. Her tutorial illuminates the historical trauma that is the legacy of chattel slavery, which continues to infect our society in the form of racism. The takeaway is that "We empower our future by honoring our past." At the end of the session, she will answer questions to help participants overcome "brick walls." Content is appropriate for people of all ages, races, and genders.

Morgan is a writer, genealogist, and human rights advocate who serves on the Sullivan County (NY) Human Rights Commission. She is the founder of the www.OurBlackAncestry.com genealogy community and the co-author, with Thomas Norman DeWolf, of the award-winning book "Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade" (Beacon Press, 2012). 

This is Morgan’s fourth appearance in Saratoga Springs. She was the keynote for last year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemoration, was a panelist for a post-film discussion of  “I Am Not Your Negro” and presented “Exploring the Wounds of Racism” with DeWolf last October.  We are honored and excited to welcome her back.