The Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) August 1 workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will focus on Critical Race Theory – a widely misunderstood concept which the conservatives in the US are attempting to demonize in an effort to scare folks into supporting their political goals.

Southern California school districts (like others around our country) already have started to experience pushback on curriculum that gets students talking about social justice issues and equity concerns.

A panel of experts will help us understand this controversy and how we can help by talking with others more clearly about Critical Race Theory and the importance of understanding the systemic nature of the racism which still surrounds us.

This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, SMC Professor of Government & Race & Ethnicity and member of the school board for the Santa Monica/Malibu United School District.

Our panelists will be Dr. Ben Drati, District Superintendent of SMMUSD; Dr. John Pascarella, Chief Academic Officer of K12 Professional Learning at the USC Race and Equity Center; Dr. Angela Clark-Louque, Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University, San Bernardino; and Dr. Satinder Hawkins, District Director of American Culture & Ethnic Studies in Santa Monica/Malibu.

Come to see why Critical Race Theory is important, to learn what is at stake, and to take part in the discussion.

Interested folks not already on the CRJ email list can go the Committee For Racial Justice Facebook page for updates.

For more information, call Joanne at 310-422-5431.

Sunday, August 1, from 6:30 -8 p.m. zoom meeting open to all
REGISTER at: to be sent the zoom link for 8/1/21

Submitted by Joanne Berling