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Truth Download 2020

Truth Download 2020

Vision Google Meetings are Safe Spaces where we discuss race in America, systemic racism, anti-racism, police brutality, and white privilege. Community members who live in and around Johnson County Iowa have been invited, but people from other Counties are also welcome. We have difficult, personal conversations with the hope that neighbor to neighbor – we can build a racially just future for every one of us. All Religions are respected here.

#TD2020Vision Hosts Three Types of Virtual Meetings

*One is for BIPOC students attending middle school, high school, and for teens not currently able to attend school. If you find that you are more at ease discussing your personal life without white students present – this group is a good fit for you. We also welcome college students and mentors of color with experiences and insights to share.

 

Meeting Times: Every Sat. and Mon. 7pm-9pm (arrive and leave anytime)

*One is for students of all races who are Anti-Racist Allies. It’s open to students attending middle school, high school, and for teens not currently able to attend school. We also welcome college students and mentors of color with experiences and insights to share. This group’s conversations will focus on racial equity, equal justice for us all, anti-racism, and how we can build a better American future.

 

Meeting Times: Every Sat. 3pm-7pm (arrive and leave anytime)

*One is for adults of all races and from all walks of life. The discussions will center on understanding systemic racism, white privilege, police policies, procedures, and our own roles as Anti-Racist Allies. We also welcome college students and mentors of color with experiences and insights to share. When we see life through each other’s eyes – societal change is possible.

 

Meeting Times: Wed. and Thurs. 7pm-9pm (arrive and leave anytime) 1st and 3rd weeks of each month.

(If the 1st of a month is on Thurs. we will meet on Wed. – the last day of the preceding month.)

To Attend a #TD2020Vision Virtual Meeting

Students: To receive the Google Suite meeting link,
email Student.Voices@TruthDownload.org.

Explain your interest in the meeting that you will attend,
how you self-identify your race, and your age.

Adults: To receive the Google Suite meeting link,
email Mary.McCann@TruthDownload.org.

Explain your interest in our adult meetings and
how you self-identify your race.

Facebook Info Link 

 

I SEE YOU LOG...

Updates from the land of Truth Download 2020Vision young people. Their depth and ability to say what works and what hurts is humbling. BIPOC young people and White anti-racist allies document every incidence of discrimination that they experience personally or that they have witnessed. They discuss the logs or anything that they have on their minds.

 

There is a standard log format that they use. This week they decided that they want to document another aspect of each encounter. In their words, “If we are to change our own lives – change our future – we need to review the event and remember WHY we did or did not respond in a better way.”

 

The Log Includes:

Day, Date, Time, and Location

Who said or did what?

Who witnessed the act?

Who stood with me?

Who did not stand with me?

New Addition: Why did I – or – why didn’t I act to defend myself or others?

 

They explained that every time they face an aggressor – there is a reason that they do or do not act. They want to hold an incident up and decide what they should do next time. Allies who feel frozen in place when someone is being bullied for who they are – can also imagine and decide what they could do going forward. Each time “the why” I did or didn’t act might hold a key as they build a better future for themselves – for all of us.