Racism in the Adirondacks: Online meetings target it and what can be done

June, 2020

It’s being called an “Antiracism Campaign” for the Adirondacks.

A series of virtual “Listen-in” and “Teach-in” sessions focusing on mobilizing the greater Adirondack community on the issues of racial equity and justice begins next week. The series is being offered by the Adirondack Diversity Initiative in partnership with the Adirondack North Country Association.

The series, said organizers, is in response to peaceful protests across northern New York in recent weeks, “as people and communities seek ways to engage in the broader national movement for racial justice.”

The first Listen-in session,”Antiracism 101: Checklist for white allies and activitists,” will feature Nicky Hylton-Patterson, director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative and a panel of black activist-scholars from across the region for a talk about the black experience in America. The online session will take place via Zoom and is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented wave of passion and support for racial justice across the nation and here in the North Country,” said Hylton-Patterson. “Our hope is that ADI’s new Antiracism Campaign will educate and empower white allies and activists so they can understand and combat systemic racism within their own communities and social networks.”

Read the full article in NYup.com

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