Listening, Learning, Sharing: Community Organizing Team News
Over the last year, I’ve been part of an amazing team that came together for the first time in April 2017, when the group launched. Since then we have forged new relationships, we learned about community organizing, and we organized a series of small group listening circles within the temple community, in order to better understand our congregants’ experiences with race, racism and racial inequities, especially here in Charlotte.
On Sunday, April 15, we had a successful “report back” session with members of our synagogue community. There was a lot of energy in the room, incredibly powerful stories of why standing publicly for racial (and economic) justice is important, and a deep commitment from many people who want to keep going to create positive social change in Charlotte.
We will be digging deeper into three areas of focus – PreK-12 Education, Criminal Justice and Affordable Housing – that our congregants lifted up in the listening circles. If you’d like to learn more, help build relationships, and be part of creating change, let me know.
– Chris Bishop, Co-Chair, Community Organizing Team
Listening Campaign Report Back Session