Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) started this Social Justice page because we wanted to focus on the “humanities” part of our name. Specifically, what it means to be human and to support more effective, empathetic social change. The humanities encourage us to be resourceful and to find ways to connect across our differences. The arts provide this bridge. We hope you take advantage of the resources below.
We’ve read the headlines and seen the images: ‘South Africa is burning!’ ‘Free Nelson Mandela!’ But what about those who lived through those experiences. Was life pure terror, bittersweet or hopeful? How did apartheid influence people’s hearts and minds? Did the country’s arc bend toward justice?
These questions are addressed by Inez Maubane Jones at the Rotary Bainbridge Island meeting of May 10, 2021. She walked through that period in history. She offers us an ‘insiders look’ – a view that is particularly relevant during our country’s struggle with racial justice.
Watch her talk here
BIJAC’s Statement on the Alarming Rise of Anti-Asian racism, Hate and Violence
The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community deplores the alarming rise of anti-Asian racism, hate and violence, and we share in the Asian community’s collective grief of the horrific killings of Asian women in Atlanta.
Ever since the former president uttered – and continues to use this day – the racist tropes “China virus” and “Kung Flu,” we were afraid that horrific events like this would eventually happen.
Left unchecked, history has shown that fear, racism, hate and vengeance lead to predictable, horrible and destructive destinations.
The history on Bainbridge Island suggests a different destiny.
Peace Literacy Workshop
There’s been a shift. Thousands of peaceful children, senior citizens, and neighbors marched downtown Winslow to city hall chanting, “Black Lives Matter!”; girls and young women voiced their hurt against sexual assault; mothers petitioned and raised their concerns about protecting our children to the Bainbridge Island Police Department. All of this took place on our island as both rural and large cities across our country have continued to demand change.
We’ve been motivated, inspired, and yearning to be effective activists of lasting transformation.
The power of ‘Black Imagination’ shines in new Seattle art show
Visit this new virtual exhibition and online experience that Natasha Marin has curated: “Sites of Power.” Launching this week, it’s the fifth chapter in Marin’s Black Imagination series, a years long series of art experiences centering Black stories, Black complexity and Black joy.
Youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman recites her stunning poem at Biden inauguration
AHB Statement regarding “Zoom Bombing”of Clarence Moriwaki Pearl Harbor Day Live-Stream Talk
AHB is saddened and horrified by the racist comments made by the anonymous cowards who “zoom bombed” Clarence Moriwaki's extraordinary zoom presentation “Let it Not Happen Again, Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion,” sponsored by Humanities Washington and Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.
Mr. Moriwaki is President of the Japanese American Community and founder and former president of Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.
The shocking display of bigotry and racism underscores the importance and timeliness of Clarence Moriwaki's message. Clarence shared a human, historical account of the national tragedy of Japanese American exclusion during WWII and spoke to parallels today regarding fear, racism, and failure of political leadership.
I invite those of you who haven’t heard Mr Moriwaki's important talk to listen to the replay here.
What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?
Prof. Loretta J. Ross is combating cancel culture with a popular class at Smith College.This article was published in the New York Times on Nov. 19, 2020
Nyla Conaway, 19, remembers being “called out” for changing her profile picture on Instagram in solidarity for … something. She can’t quite remember what for, only that an older student she didn’t know told her it was a scam. “It just made me feel really embarrassed, like a ton of people had seen it and now I just looked really stupid,” she said.
Katie Wehrman, 18, still feels guilty for calling out a boy in her high school for something he said about a local politician and L.G.B.T.Q. rights — schooling him in an all-class Snapchat group.
Sophia Hanna, 18, has never been called out herself, but has spent more time than she’d like to admit during this pandemic watching two beauty bloggers call each other out.
“It just fires something emotionally,” she said, noting that she doesn’t even like makeup tutorials. “There’s like a dopamine trigger that makes me keep scrolling.”
Where do we go from here? Many hurting yet hopeful
This opinion piece by Ashley Mathews was originally published on Bainbridge Island Review on Saturday, September 12, 2020
I am a nearly 42-year old Black woman who still bears the scars of once being a girl always left out. I cannot speak for every Black person on Bainbridge Island, but I think part of mattering is knowing that we are part of the conversation and being thought of at all.
Most Islanders are new to the language of diversity, equity and inclusion, but find themselves now needing to be knowledgeable and comfortable speaking on all things related to race. Add to that being parents and where do we even begin?
None of this comes naturally, and we are bound to make mistakes as we stumble blindly through these ever-changing times. The fact that we are beginning to have these conversations and start to frame what actionable change could look like should be cause for hope.
COBI recently became a member of The Government Alliance on Race Equity, which is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. It is at this momentous intersection of history, social justice and necessity that we find ourselves searching for a new city manager.
What is inequality and social justice?
Equality is when each person is seen as equal in the eyes of the law. A government that protects human rights makes one set of laws for everyone, not different laws for different people. Social justice is when each person can exercise their rights within a society. A government that promotes social justice ensures that everyone has physical security, education, healthcare, and employment. This is part of the Learning for Life and Work section of BBC Bitesize Secondary (KS3) level.
What is your story? How are you feeling? TELL IT through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, writing, essay, letter, song, performance, film or whatever your medium, and we will share your “voices” on currentsonline.org, Facebook and Instagram.
The 30th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020 • This groundbreaking new cookbook from chef, bestselling author, and TV star Marcus Samuelsson celebrates contemporary Black cooking in 150 extraordinarily delicious recipes.
It is long past time to recognize Black excellence in the culinary world the same way it has been celebrated in the worlds of music, sports, literature, film, and the arts. Black cooks and creators have led American culture forward with indelible contributions of artistry and ingenuity from the start, but Black authorship has been consistently erased from the story of American food.
Now, In The Rise, chef, author, and television star Marcus Samuelsson gathers together an unforgettable feast of food, culture, and history to highlight the diverse deliciousness of Black cooking today. Driven by a desire to fight against bias, reclaim Black culinary traditions, and energize a new generation of cooks, Marcus shares his own journey alongside 150 recipes in honor of dozens of top chefs, writers, and activists—with stories exploring their creativity and influence.
Black cooking has always been more than “soul food,” with flavors tracing to the African continent, to the Caribbean, all over the United States, and beyond. Featuring a mix of everyday food and celebration cooking, this book also includes an introduction to the pantry of the African diaspora, alongside recipes such as:
Chilled corn and tomato soup in honor of chef Mashama Bailey
Grilled short ribs with a piri-piri marinade and saffron tapioca pudding in homage to authors Michael Twitty and Jessica B. Harris
Crab curry with yams and mustard greens for Nyesha Arrington
Spiced catfish with pumpkin leche de tigre to celebrate Edouardo Jordan
Island jollof rice with a shout-out to Eric Adjepong
Steak frites with plantain chips and green vinaigrette in tribute to Eric Gestel
Tigernut custard tart with cinnamon poached pears in praise of Toni Tipton-Martin
A stunning work of breadth and beauty, The Rise is more than a cookbook. It’s the celebration of a movement.
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Knowing Your History & Teaching Social Justice
List complied by Dania Santana of Embracing DiversityLatino USA. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this is the only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program from NPR. This is my personal favorite because of the different pieces they present, because they do a lot of investigative journalism, something I truly love as a journalist myself. Also, they are always bringing different voices to their shows, which makes for awesome stories that represent the multicultural fabric of this country. Yes, you will learn a lot about Latinos specifically if you aren’t Latino, but there is a lot more to this show than the Latino experience. If you are Latino, you are going to relate to many stories and others will make you cry. No matter your background, though, I’m sure this will touch you and broaden your horizons.
Code Switch. Lead by a team of journalists of color, this podcast address the awkward and often had conversations around race and racism in the United States. For those who don’t know how to face these types of conversations, they offer an honest and empathetic view of race, ethnicity and culture as they present themselves within communities of color. They offer not only their professional expertise but also their inside perspectives as members of such communities that will make you laugh, reflect and get out of the comfort zone.
This American Life. This amazing podcast it’s a window to the American experience; the stories you hear here are fresh, different and interest. Sometimes they take you on a journey with an event from the past, and sometimes it’s analyzing the inner workings of family drama and fall out, while some shows have lots of comedy or personal essays. The pick a theme and approach it from different perspectives through diverse stories. This show it’s extremely popular and if you haven’t listen to it, you are definitely missing out.
Otherhood. This one I had heard a lot about, but just started tuning in recently. Like the name accurately suggest, this podcast addresses the experiences of immigrants or the children of immigrants while navigating American culture and always being viewed as the other. I love this concept because of my commitment to validate the first-generation American experience, and this shows does exactly that. The show addresses the emotions they go through and how now that those generations are getting older, they are having a huge impact on this country. I love their promo line, too: “What would the news sound like if media were diverse? Listen to what you’re missing — with Otherhood”.
Multicultural Film List
List Courtesy of Pierre-Antoine Louis & Wesley Morris of The New York Times
The Netflix documentary “13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay, explores the way in which police brutality and mass incarceration go hand in hand. The film got its name from the 13th Amendment, which in 1865 abolished slavery and involuntary servitude “except as punishment for a crime”; scholars and historians examine how that quickly led to the systematic criminalization of black people. This powerful and thought-provoking documentary walks us through the system of incarceration and the economic forces behind racism in America, specifically its compound effects on black people since the abolishment of slavery. PIERRE-ANTOINE LOUIS
I couldn’t settle on a single piece of art that captures what led to this moment. It’s too vast. Instead, here’s some work, in different media, that can serve as a gateway not so much to explain where we’ve found ourselves but to amplify it.
“Uptight,” Jules Dassin (film, 1968)
“Medium Cool,” Haskell Wexler (film, 1969)
“A Different World,” “Honeymoon in L.A.” Parts 1 and 2 (sitcom, 1992)
“The Glass Shield,” Charles Burnett (film, 1995)
“Clockers,” Spike Lee (film, 1995)
‘Detroit ’67’ (2013)
Multicultural Reading List
BLACK MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
A Poem from Lavannya, 17
and one deadly microbe,
brought the whole world to a standstill,
and locked us in our home.
I didn’t know I’d miss school,
or the endless work,
but this self-isolation,
really is cruel.
They say history books will record this,
as the time everyone stayed home,
as if we’ll need something,
to help us remember this.
I miss being with my best friend,
and I miss her hugs.
I hope ‘Stay at Home’ doesn’t extend.
I dream of a day,
where masks aren’t needed.
A world without fear of infection.
I wish this virus,
will soon be defeated.
What Does Social Justice Mean to YOU?
“I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence
Things To Do During a Pandemic and Social Injustice
By Denise Stoughton
I’d cleaned this house a million times before,
I’d cleaned this house from top to bottom,
Everything in place.
Dusted, scrubbed, vacuumed, disinfected,
I felt protected.
Polished, organized, purged, cleansed
I felt perfected.
My God, right here in plain sight?
How did it get there!
Smaller than a granule of moon dust, it caught the light,
It just set there!
I swept it into the dustpan quickly,
Poor thing looked so sickly.
Tiny mollusk of a thing.
Spring cleaning, dear.