Community organizations to hold virtual summit focused on race, hatred and social justice – SILive.com

Posted By on October 12, 2020

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Communities United for Respect and Trust (CURT), a coalition of organizations and community members committed to making Staten Island more inclusive, will host a series of public Zoom meetings as part of its 17th annual summit focused on race, hatred and social justice.

The summit will run from Tuesday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 18, with pairs of daily Zoom workshops at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The meetings will feature youth town hall meetings and community conversations led by experts and advocates, according to a release from the organization.

The workshops will cover a range of topics, including hate crimes in the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, racism, anti-semitism, mindfulness, a history of Staten Islands racial past and other subjects.

Co-sponsors of the summit include City Councilwoman Debi Rose, the Anti-Defamation League, the NYPD, District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, the Mayors Office of Human Rights and dozens of others.

This years summit is aimed at providing a forum to discuss relevant topics that will educate all in the uncomfortable truths about the bias that lives in all of us, even like-minded individuals who promote issues of social justice and equality, the release said.

The summits keynote speaker is Jerry Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, and the journalist who broke the story of the original criminal case of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing and the murder of the Freedom Riders.

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