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Community Conversation

SHARING OUR TIME, SHARING OUR KNOWLEDGE.

Held the 4th Monday of each month

from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. E.T.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Our conversation continues on February 26, 2024 

7:30 to 9:00 PM EST

We have spent the last several sessions sharing concerns, informations, and actions taken by community members regarding the growing housing crisis in Montgomery County. Where do we go from here? Please join us to share your thoughts and actions and ideas for future conversations. 

Learn more about Montgomery County's Homes for All Initiative.

 

If you are able, consider including a donation to a CODE BLUE shelter in your area or to any of the shelters below that our Community Conversation participants shared information about during our recent conversations.

 

The Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting Church on the Mall  

Hospitality Center, Norristown Norristown Hospitality Center

Lutheran Church, Lansdale Lansdale Code Blue Shelter at Trinity Lutheran Church

Beacon of Hope, Pottstown Beacon of Hope



Below are links to recent articles about the homelessness crisis in our communities.

 

Montgomery County Code Blue Shelters Step Up Ahead of Major Temperature Drop 

LETTER: Montgomery County Must do more for the Homeless


Pottstown Posts Notices that Homeless Must Leave Land Along Schuylkill River Trail

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Thank you to all who joined for our previous discussion of Laura Coates' book Just Pursuit. 

 

This instant New York Times bestseller offers “a firsthand, eye-opening story of a prosecutor that exposes the devastating criminal punishment system” (Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award–winning author of How to Be an Antiracist) in this “compelling collection of engaging, well-written, keenly observed vignettes from [Laura Coates’s] years as a lawyer with the US Department of Justice”

(The New York Times Book Review).

”On the front lines of our legal system, Coates saw how Black communities are policed differently; Black cases are prosecuted differently; Black defendants are judged differently. How the court system seems to be the one place where minorities are overrepresented, an unrelenting parade of Black and Brown defendants in numbers that belie their percentage in the population and overfill American prisons.”

 

Our discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s Book, Just Mercy, In May began a journey of increased understanding of the impact of racism on our criminal justice system. In selecting, Just Pursuit, we continued the discussion and the development of a call to action to be a source of hope and change.

Books allow us to have conversations involving people we may not have the chance  to meet, but value knowing. Finding the time to read, can be challenging.  Interested in participating in a Community Book Group?  

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Just Mercy, was written in 2014 and includes a detailed discussion of the Equal Justice Initiative founded by Bryan Stevenson. Visiting the website will further inspire, but also distress you.

 

After visiting the web Equal Justice Initiative website, consider viewing Bryan Stevenson’s Keynote Address on March 31st, 2023 at United Nations Outreach Programm on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. It is 30 minutes well spent.

See information below on the Compassion Project by way of an example of such a project, as well as additional sources of information/inspiration  in service of thinking  about how to frame a “call to action.”

 

Compassion Prison Project (Letter Writing Campaign

See Lamar Johnson’s story of the impact of human connection

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