Due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) will hold its monthly workshop on the second Sunday of September.
On Sept. 12 CRJ will host a second discussion about Critical Race Theory. Why do we need it? How does it impact us? Why there is opposition? How can anti-racists talk to others about the need for Critical Race Theory? What do those in opposition want to accomplish?

We are living in an era where disinformation is battling with truth and history for control. New legislation in some states bans ideas, as well as research designed to combat racism from classrooms and workplace training, by labeling them as “divisive” and “anti-American.” What is at the root of this conflict? And what are its consequences?

LaToya Baldwin Clark, an Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, will be one of our resource people. She is a core faculty member of the Law School’s Critical Race Studies Program, and she writes and teaches about education law, family law, and property law from a critical race perspective. Dr. Baldwin Clark received her B.S. in Economics cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Criminology. She then earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Sociology and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. Dr. Baldwin Clark is also a mother to three Black children and is active in the Culver City Unified School District Community, serving as the VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Culver City Council PTA.

Another resource person will be minister Stanley Talbert, a PhD candidate at Union Theological Seminary in NYC where he studies Systematic Theology and African American Studies. He has written about Critical Race Theory and is the graduate assistant of the Society of Study of Black Religion which is a society of the top black scholars of religion and theology in America. He served as the chair for Early Career Scholars section of the Christian Scholars’ Conference and a co-founder of Dikaiosune (an organization focusing on social justice and faith). Talbert was a participant of the 2015 Millennial Leaders Project, where fifty young activists, leaders, and clergy across the United States were selected to engage social issues from the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He has given lectures and presentations across the nation, as well as internationally, and is currently a resident of Santa Monica and involved in social justice work in the LA area.

Stanley Talbert received his Master of Philosophy (‘19) and Master of Divinity from Union (‘16), his BA from Pepperdine University (‘12), and his AS from Southwestern Christian College (‘10).

If you are not on our email list, check the Committee For Racial Justice Facebook page closer to Sept. 12 for updates on further resource people and come to see why Critical Race Theory is important, to learn what is at stake, and to take part in the discussion.

For more information, call Joanne at 310-422-5431.
Sunday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. – zoom meeting open to all
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lfu-tqzgtHtQPDaCvIMfNOQ4XTqtoC31h.

Then you will be sent the zoom link to join the meeting.
Submitted by Joanne Berlin