Why are People Poor?: Seminar examining poverty in America

Justice United is joining with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) and Racial Equity Institute (REI) to ask “Why are people poor?” Titled “Understanding Poverty in America,” the analysis will help communities and congregations organize more effectively to eliminate barriers to economic opportunity. 

The program will critically examine the roots of systemic poverty, explore how wealth in American has been accumulated, and review socialized bias against the poor. For more information on the program, please contact Stephanie Perry at 919-225-6187 or stephb.perry@aol.com


Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


United Church of Chapel Hill

Anti-Racism workshop


Friday, July 6, 2012 - 8:30am to Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 5:15pm


United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC

Shocking stats on race and school suspensions in Orange County and especially Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools.

Stand Against Racism

Come to Stand Against Racism, in the Fellowship Hall at Binkley Baptist Church, located at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

We'll have refreshments and time for visiting from 9:30 to 10 a.m.;

Program events from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; 

More time to mingle and enjoy refreshments until 12:30 p.m.

Program includes performances by Mrs. Mary D. Williams, extraordinary singer of traditional gospel and freedom songs, historian and educator; Poet and performance artist Mr. C.J. Suitt, founder of the Sacrificial Poets; and the St. Ambrose Jazz Mass Quintet from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. Come listen, learn, visit, and leave with inspiration and ideas on how to Stand Against Racism in your everyday life.

Sponsored by chcPACT! and Binkley Baptist Church Board of Outreach

Stand Against Racism is a movement initiated by the YWCA in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. Our objective is to bring organizations together, who believe like we do, that united we can eliminate racism. 
Together with 65 YWCA Associations throughout the USA, we invite your organization to participate in our 3rd annual Stand Against Racism which will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010. Churches, temples, synagogues and other houses of worship are welcome to join us on May 1st and 2nd, 2010.
In 2009, the Stand Against Racism reached over 320 organizations which became Participating Sites of the Stand and collectively attracted over 30,000 people. In 2010, we are expecting the participation of approximately 1,500 organizations and over 200,000 individuals who will be taking a Stand Against Racism on April 30.


Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 6:00am to 8:30am


Binkley Baptist Church, 712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill

What Would It Take to Heal the Wounds of Racism in Chapel Hill?

What Would it Take to Heal the Wounds of Racism in Chapel Hill?

Justice in Action Committee Event

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 7-9 pm, Hargraves Center

Program Goals and Objectives:

  1. Recognize how we in Chapel Hill take for granted our own biases and how that affects our behavior
  2. Challenge our comfort zone by calling attention to how racism and predudice affect us all
  3. Challenge ourselves to recognize our own perspectives and to open ourselves to the perspectives of others
  4. Identify how our differences unite and bind us together
  5. Explore ways to engage in racial healing in our community


  • Welcome, Mayor-Elect Mark Kleinschmidt (invited)
  • Introduction, Andre Wesson, Justice in Action Committee Chair
  • Panel Discussion of "What Would It Take to Heal the Wounds of Racism in Chapel HIll?" 
    Participants include:
    • Tony Asion, Executive Director, El Pueblo
    • Takiyah Baptist, Teacher, Ephesus Elementary School
    • Chris Blue, Assistant Chief, Chapel Hill Police Department
    • Jan Boxill, Director, Parr Center for Ethics
    • Augustus Cho, Mayoral Candidate 2009
    • Kevin Hicks, Chapel Hil-Carrboro NAACP
    • CJ Suitt, Coach of the Sacrificial Poets
    • Vanessa Oniboni, V-day Activist and Director of Warmikunaq
  • Community Dialogue and Question and Answer Session, Moderated by Dan Pollitt, Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Community "Brainstorming" Session, Facilitated by Members of the Justice in Action Committee


The Fairth and Politics Institute and The Search for Common Ground held a national racial healing workshop that addressed the question, "What would it take to heal the wounds of racisim in America?"  This question is important not only at the national level, but also at the local level.  The Justice in Action Committee chose the question, "What would it take to heal the wounds of racisim in Chapel Hill?", to help our community identify paths for racial healing and concrete strategies for reducing racism and prejudice. 

Six invited panelists will deliver a five minute prepared response to the question, " What would it take to heal the wounds of racism in Chapel Hill?".  These response will be followed by a brief intra-panel question and answer session.  Once completed, the audience will be invited to ask questions and to make contributions to the dialouge.  Throughout the discussion, Justice in Action Committee members will be recording suggestions for racial healing on large pieces of paper posted around the auditorium.  After the event, audience members will be invited to add suggestions to the pieces of paper.  The suggestion will be used in the planning of a follow-up event. 

Background Information:

The mission of the Justice in Action Committee is "To adequately and effectively reflect the Town of Chapel Hill's integrity and commitment to preserving racial, economic, and social justice within the community."  In 2008, the Committee discussed ways to re-energize and expand their work.  This is the third of a series of community events hosted by the Justice in Action Committee.  The success of the Committee's work depends upon community involvement and input.  Please share your ideas for Chapel Hill's future with us.  If you have future program ideas and/or are interested in getting involved with the Justice in Action Committee, please contact our staff liasion, Mark Bayles at mbayles@townofchapelhill.org

We want to thank those who support our events with their attendance.  You make our community a better place!

Media Contacts:

Andre Wesson, Justice in Action Committee Chair:  (919) 843-8917
Emily Kelahan, Justice in Action Institutitional Racism Sub-Committee Chair:  (919) 537-8027




Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516



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