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  Coalition4Justice - Past Programs

Coalition4Justice - Past Monthly Speaker Series:

  • April 8, 2024 - America's Affordable Housing Crisis: Addressing Disparities and SolutionsSPECIAL GUEST: Kem Smith, Distinguished honoree and graduate of the Maryland Realtors Leadership Academy. Since the Great Recession, Americans across have been afflicted by the affordable housing issue, which is only becoming worse. 
  • March 11, 2024 - THE CULTURE OF RACE IN THE U.S.: Why It Matters and Why You Should CareSPECIAL GUEST: Brian G. Evans, Ph. D.
  • February 12, 2024 - BEYOND THE PLATE: Unlocking the Mind-Body Connection in Obesity and mental Wellbeing. Special Guests: Nadia Ali, M.D., B.S., MPH, ABIM, ABOIM, ABHIM, FACP, Susan Maroto, and Wendy Sedlack

  • January 15, 2024 - RACIAL HEALING: How Can We Create a Culture of Belonging in the US? Special Guests: Walter Palmer, JC, Founder and Director of the Palmer Foundation, & Mr. Marcus Allen, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sister Independence Region.

  • December 11,2023 - HEALTH INEQUITY: Legacy of Discrimination and Racism in the U.S., SPECIAL GUEST Bill England, MSW, Coalition Director for the Here For Us advocaccoalition at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network in Montgomery County.


  • October 9, 2023 - HAUNTED GETTYSBURG: Dark Tourism, Racism, and U.S. History. SPECIAL GUESTS: DR. FAVIAN JONES, Assistant Professor, Arcadia University & DR. KEVIN REVIER, Assistant Professor, Arcadia University. Take your virtual seat for an unsettling journey, as we examine the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and the lingering specter of white supremacy.

  • September 11, 2023 - My Journey through Alcoholism to Recovery as a Woman of Color. Join us as present a powerful event on The Addiction Epidemic in America, and one woman's story of struggle and recovery.SPECIAL GUEST: TALIA JONES, Program Coordinator, NET Centers

  • August 14, 2023 - JOURNEY TO A JUST BUDGET: Where We Are, Who Wins and Loses, and How We Go Forward. Join us as we examine the current Pennsylvania budget battle, uncover winners and losers, and explore a fair and equitable path forward. Special Guest: Pennsylvania State Senator, MARIA COLLETT.

  • July 10, 2023  - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Oppression Behind Closed Doors. A powerful online event on domestic violence led by an interfaith panel challenges communities of faith to be upstanders, not bystanders. Special Guests: DR. SAUNDRA STERLING EPSTEIN,  Ed.D., director of  Welcoming Shuls and Communities Project of ESHEL; Jewish Council member. AZIZ NATHOO,  Muslim Interfaith and Peace activist, educator, lay chaplain, and grief and crisis counselor. TIA MAY, motivational speaker, woman of color faith leader, mother, survivor of domestic violence, and author of her memoir, Suffering in Silence. CORTNEY MARENGO, Director of Community Outreach at Laurel House, a domestic violence agency located in Montgomery County, PA.

  • May 8th, 2023 - ANTI-ASIAN HATE: Then and Now. Examine the origins and solutions to anti-Asian hate in America and how hate affects all Americans. Special Guests: NYDIA HAN: Emmy award winning television journalist, co-anchor Action News Sundays in Philadelphia, PA and consumer investigative reporter. JIMMY CHONG, ESQ.: Founder of The Chong Law Firm, PA, with offices in Wilmington, Philadelphia and Lansdale, PA. 

  • April 10th, 2023 - Equity and Justice: The Role and Responsibilities of School Board Directors. Special Guest Jill Dennin, B.A., ex-school board member and teacher, discusses why School Board elections matter for Democracy, Equity and Justice.

  • March 13th, 2023 - Ascent in Academia as a Person of Color: The Impostor Syndrome is a Lie. Special Guest Dr. De'Broski Herbert, renowned immunologist and native son of Mississippi shares his remarkable journey to become tenured faculty at an Ivy League University.

  • February 13th, 2023 - A Personal Story: Nigerian American Physician Claims Her Place in Medicine. Special Guest Yvonne Ukwu, M.D., daughter of Nigerian immigrants Ike Ukwu PHD and Henrietta Ukwu, M.D., learned early that hard work pays significant dividens. She shares her unique story and journey in the medical world and pharmaceutical sector.

  • January 9th, 2023 - Black Male Hopelessness: Causes & Solutions. Special Guest: Dr. Walter Gholson III, accomplished college educator and administrator, Vietnam veteran, and passionate advocate for Black youth, examines the complex societal root causes of Black male hopelessness, while exploring transformative solutions. 

  • December 12th, 2022 - With Liberty & Justice for All Children: A Grassroots Organization's Story: Special Guest Speaker REVIDA RAHMAN, MBA, Co-founder of OneWillCo, shares strategies and insights for achieving safety and equal opportunities for all children.

  • October 10th, 2022 - Trauma and Historical Trauma Among Native Americans: Special Guest Speaker Dr. Tami DeCoteau, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

  • September 12, 2022 -Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice: Reform, Prevent, and Heal. Special Guest Speaker: Jesse Kohler, Executive Director, CTIPP, discusses why trauma advocacy is important, how CTIPP is helping to advance mental wellness across sectors, and shares his own personal story. presentation recording.

  • Aug 8 at 7:30 pm Advocating for Fairness in Our Challenging Political Landscape presented by Dr. Carol Kuniholm, co-founder and Chair of Fair Districts PA. 

  • July 11 at 7:30 pm What is DEI and Why is it Important in Education and the Workplace? presented by Kassem Lucas, JD partner & head of DEI at Troutman Pepper, examines how DEI and the law intersect in the business and educational sectors.

  • June 13, 2022 Kem Smith, founder of Champy Investment Group, LLC, successful realtor, and real estate investment counselor, reveals how the U.S. Government in concert with steering by the real estate industry, strategically segregated America.

  • May 9, 2022 Michelle Williams, MS. SPHR, SHRM-SCP presents Sharing Personal Story about Dealing with Race, Complexion and Class

  • April 25, 2022 - Ellen Price-Maloy presents Fighting Voter Suppression presentation slides

  • April 11, 2022 7:30 pm - Protecting Civil Rights in a Culture and Era of Racial and Social Dissonance. Special Guest Speaker Leticia Chavez-Freed, Esq. 

  • March 28, 2022 - Bernadine Ahonkhai Using Critical Race Theory Lens to Analyze Racial and Social Disparity Issues presentation slides

  • March 14, 2022 - SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS: George Whitehair, Mr. Khoi Pham, and Ms. Heather Wilson Pham "Give Me the Opportunity": Celebrating and Honoring the Accomplishments and Legacy of Montgomery County’s Dr. Frank E. Boston- African American Icon. presentation recording

  • Feb 14, 2022 - Walter D. Palmer The Intersection Between Racism and the National Health Crisis in the US presentation recording

  • Jan 10, 2022 - Brendan O'Malley Personal Experience Prosecuting Major Crime Cases/Gun Violence in Philadelphia

  • Dec 13, 2021 - Marcus Allen of Big Brothers Big Systers of Philadelphia presentation recording

  • Nov 8, 2021 - Collaborating with the Faith Community in Promoting Justice presentation recording

  • Sept 13, 2021 - Honorable Judge Edward Levine will discuss Implementing New Approaches to Mitigate Bias and/or Inequitable Outcomes in the Justice System

  • August 9, 2021 - The Role of Banks in Closing the Racial Wealth Gap SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: April Donahue presentation slides| 

  • July 12, 2021 - The Law and Your Community SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: David Perry

  • June 14, 2021 - Mass Incarceration and The United States Criminal Justice System: What’s is Wrong with it? SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Matthew Wilkov, Esq., Partner at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford presentation slideshow

  • May 10, 2021 - How to Go Beyond the Allyship in Higher Education: Advocates, Agitators and Co-conspirators SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: Doreen Loury, Ph. D, Arcadia University and Maurice Antoine "Tony" Davis,M.A,Montgomery County Community College  presentation slideshow | 61 Forms of Voter Suppression Document | presentation recording

  • April 26, 2021 Fighting Voter Suppression with Ellen Price-Maloy presentation slideshow

  • April 12, 2021 -Angela McIver, MA-Chief Executive Officer, Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern PA. Presentation on air Housing to the Rescue: From Centuries of Disenfranchisement to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as Amended. presentation slides

  • March 22, 2021 - Discussion of the video Celebrate Black History Month with The Carlos Watson Show

  • March 8, 2021 - Mr. Stanley Straughter on Income and Wealth Disparity in the United States presentation slides

  • February 22, 2021 - Discussion of video The Amber Ruffin Show: How did we get here

  • February 8, 2021 - Aima Ahonkhai Nottidge, MD on The Intersection Between Racial Equity and Public Health in the United States video to watch before presentation, presentation slideshow presentation recording

  • January 25, 2021 - Dr. Bernadine Ahonkhai's presentation on Disparities in Health and Health Care in the United States video we watched before presentation presentation slideshow

  • January 11, 2021 - Mr. Tim Dutton, Director of UNITE Pinellas, Florida on Building A Racially Equitable and Legally Just Society presentation recording

  • December 14, 2020 - Guest Speaker, Robin Burstein, Anti-Defamation League, on 2020: The Intersection of Antisemitism and Racism presentation recording

  • November 9, 2020 - Guest Speaker, Numa St. Louis, on 2020: American Democracy and Voting Rights presentation recording

  • October 26, 2020 - Guest Speaker Ky Adderley presentation recording

  • October 12, 2020 - Discussion of video How to talk to non-Black kids about racism

  • September 14, 2020 - Movie in the Park: John Lewis: Good Trouble

  • September 7, 2020 - Discussion of the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • August 24, 2020 - Guest Speaker Carlton Johnson

  • August 10, 2020 - Discussion of TED Talk  How to Deconstruct Racism one Headline at a Time by Baratunde Thurston

  • July 29, 2020 - Finalize goals and objectives

  • July 13, 2020 - Finalize mission statement and tag line and develop coalition goals and objectives

  • June 29, 2020 - First meeting - member introductions and develop mission statement and tag line

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