Thursday, January 21, 2016

Truth and Dare at the Summit Against Racism!

"Truth and Dare: A Comic Book Curriculum for the End and the Beginning of the World," will be featured at the 18th annual Summit Against Racism in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 23:

Environmental Justice: Is it a beautiful day in your neighborhood?
Interactive Workshop for Everyone 
Long Hall Room 215
SESSION BLOCK 2  12:50 – 2:20pm

Each participant will receive the powerfully illustrated comic book curriculum, “Truth and Dare”. We will discuss strategies and tactics to apply environmental justice and address environmental racism in Pittsburgh. Environmental justice is about where we live, work, play, and go to school as well as the physical and natural world. Environmental justice can address power imbalances, lack of political enfranchisement, and redirect resources so that we can create safe, healthy, and sustainable ways to live. “Now’s the time! This is it! The crescendo, and the moment we have been waiting for. Not the end, but the beginning!  All of the world’s profound spiritual and revolutionary traditions converge for the preservation of life and beauty, in the world and time in which both are threatened.”

Presenters: Wanda Guthrie, GreenFaith Fellow and Chair of the Thomas Merton Center Environmental Justice Committee; Celeste Taylor, member of the Black Farmers and Gardeners of Pittsburgh Co-op and Manager of the Monticello Hospitality House and Garden, Homewood; and Raqueeba Bey, President, Mama Africa’s Green Scouts, and Co Founder Black Farmers and Gardeners of Pittsburgh Co-Op. For More Info Click Here

About the Summit

The annual Summit Against Racism is a one-day conference that happens the Saturday after Martin Luther King Day.  The first Summit took place in 1998 after the heartbreaking death of Jonny Gammage, a Pittsburgher, who was brutally murderd by 5 police officers.

The Summit is a day for open dialogue, to generate ideas and action, to move the Pittsburgh region forward into a place we can be proud to call home. The workshops address current and emerging challenges facing our region and nation.

The conference is a program of the Black & White Reunion and coordinated by a planning committee made up of volunteers.  Twice in the history of the Summit has their been financial resources to pay a part time coordinator.

This gathering is an effort to build Pittsburgh’s most important bridges, the bridges that span our relationships and strengthen the justice movement in our steel city.

For more information, visit

"This illustration by Jia Sung shows water color portraits of those who lost their lives in the Charleston church terrorist attack. Jia writes: I’ve been working on a series of portraits memorializing the victims of the Charleston shooting, and reaffirming their presence – a small gesture of tenderness in the face of great violence."

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