Clergy, Faith and Community Leaders Against Racial Segregation

Join us for a Zoom meeting for updates and next action steps in our struggle for Freedom, Justice, and Opportunity

Tuesday, June 28, 1:00 PM

 

Last month, our coalition celebrated a major win in the fight against racial segregation with the Acting Commissioner's denial of the Absecon secession petition. We must now press ahead to see that statewide reforms are enacted that will reverse and repair the damage of school segregation across the state.

Join us for a conversation about progress that's been made and action plans proposed to keep up the momentum as we engage the Governor and legislative leadership around a transfomative agenda for racial juctice and opportunity for all New Jersey students.

 

 

Sign up here to register for this meeting.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Leadership Training for Inclusive Communities, June 9 -12, 2022

LEADERSHIP TRAINING BY BUILDING ONE AMERICA and the SUMMIT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

June 9 through June 12, 2022, Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE.

_______________________________________________________________________

FROM DIVERSITY TO SHARED POWER

Demographic diversity has been increasing throughout American society.  While membership and even leadership in many organizations have reflected this change, power and decision-making often fail to keep up with the racial, ethnic, generational and gender make up of our communities and institutions, including labor unions, local government, and religious congregations. This failure has left us weaker and more easily undermined by those who do not share our values of inclusion and opportunity.

One reason for this persistent power gap is that we too often confuse the visual trappings of diversity with genuine equality and political and economic integration. When members of underrepresented groups secure leadership positions they frequently begin at a significant disadvantage. Generational layers of power, privilege, experience and networks of formal and informal relationships are at play in any public arena where power is wielded and important decisions get made. These dynamics are taken for granted or denied by the powerful, while often unseen or not easily understood by the powerless. We frequently find ourselves in organizations, committees, boards and leadership structures that are diverse in name and appearance, but in reality are decidedly lopsided when it comes to the exercise of power.

As Frederick Douglass famously reminded us, power never did and never will be given away by those who have it to those who don’t.

Building One America’s training does not claim to make people more powerful nor does it create diversity, but it does better equip emerging leaders from diverse and working-class backgrounds to better understand and navigate the dynamics of power and politics and to have the tools to compete effectively and further themselves and their values in the public arena. Moreover, it will help individual leaders to recognize more clearly their own potential and motivations to build a powerful and meaningful public life.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE

 __________________________________________________________________

Who: This training is for leaders from anywhere who want to become more effective in making a difference – including organizers, leaders and volunteers from the faith community, labor unions, electoral politics, public office holders and grassroots rank-and-file leaders. 

What: The training teaches ordinary people to unleash their capacity to impact the social, political, environmental, and economic decisions affecting their lives. The training has been designed and will be conducted by experienced organizers affiliated with Building One America and the Summit for Civil Rights. The training is unique in combining elements of leadership training developed over the past fifty years by national community organizing networks, with a contemporary analysis and strategy for developing multiracial institutional and social power to build more inclusive and equitable communities.

Topics covered include:

  • An orientation and reflection on power
  • Understanding self-interest as a way to build membership, engage allies and adversaries, and become a more focused and self-motivated leader
  • The role, value, and techniques of one-on-one organizing
  • Conducting and understanding a power analysis
  • Distinguishing the “public” from the “private” in order to build an effective public life
  • The key principles and elements of strategy and tactics and issues and action
  • Identifying and developing leaders
  • The importance of organized money
  • Principles and techniques for effective meetings
  • Personal reflection, strategic planning and developing a personal path to power

The training is not just an intellectual exercise. It challenges and helps experienced leaders and emerging leaders to identify, reflect on, and overcome internalized attitudes and beliefs that stand in the way of becoming more powerful and impactful. The goal is to produce more powerful leaders and to facilitate the expansion of more powerful and more unified multiracial coalitions and structures.

When:  The training will take place over four days starting Thursday, June 9 through Sunday June 12, 2022.

Where: Stocton Universty, Galloway Township Campus, Galloway, NJ

Cost: Tuition plus room and board is $625 per participant for affliaites and sponsoring organizations. 

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can beaccessed HERE. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS 

The training institute helped me become a more powerful leader, acting more strategically, efficiently, and decisively, creating greater accountability for myself and others - Eloise Henry, President, Richmond Heights (OH) City CouncilTESTIMONIALS 

 ...a very powerful training. It equipped me with the tools to reinvent myself - Rev. Rohan Hepkins, Mayor, Yeadon, PA

This is the most relevant, intense and productive conference I have ever attended - Heather Sorge, Campaign Organizer, Healthy Schools Now

Despite 40 plus years in politics, I found the 4-day training to be new, useful, and refreshing.  It was helpful in expanding my own political power and in understanding and dealing with others who are exercising theirs. Ant it led to new and significant relationships for me - Dale Miller, Member, Cuyahoga (OH) County Council

Completely caught me by surprise. I thought I knew what being a leader meant, but the training showed me parts of leadership that I knew nothing about. It really helped me with my networking skills and in my new position as President of CWRUs Black Student Union. I’m excited to see what it can do for more people in our community - Aliah Lawson Executive Chair, Black Student Union, Case Western Reserve University

Learned how our stories of powerlessness informs our own path to power. I had great moments of clarity - Ashley Bennett, Freeholder, Atlantic County

It was helpful. Extraordinarily. Thank you! - Tomea Sippio-Smith - Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PA) Education Policy Director

Training was awesome. Confirmation for me as well as new found skills – Alexis Rean-Walker, HPAE, Secretary-Treasurer

 Learned new skills for active listening and relationship development; clearer understanding of power dynamics that drive organizations and elected leaders; deeper understanding of structural causes of inequity and a path to racial integration; and practical steps to develop an inclusive and powerful network that can drive change - Tom Bullock, Member at Large, Lakewood (OH) City Council

Key learning moments were understanding my power, self interest and anger.  Thank you! – Martha Camacho-Rodriguez - Cerritos College, Trustee, Norwalk, CA

I’ve become more confident and feel that I have fully stepped into my leadership role - Safronia Perry, Executive Director, Hope Station (PA) Area Neighborhood Council

 I used to stay in the back of the room, rarely speak, and try to be invisible. The training helped me to find my voice - Darnelle Crenshaw, Student, Case Western Reserve University  

The training did a terrific job encouraging us to reflect on times when we feel powerless, and to consider how those times can help shape how we react to the world and drive us in our work. - Tim Nelson, Vice President, Braham (Minnesota) Evangelical Lutheran Church Council, Chair, Braham (Minnesota) Area Education Foundation

Thank you. The training was awesome – Taylor Picket Stokes, Rescue Mission of Trenton

The training rocked my world and gave me a new roadmap for action. Amazingly intense and perspective-shifting. Great content, compelling examples, helpful exercises and an energized group of participants. - Gary Forman, Trustee and Executive Committee Member, SOMA Action

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Take Action Against Racial Segregation

Join us at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City in our fight for Freedom, Justice, and Opportunity

Monday, April 11, 6:30 PM, Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City - 1701 New York Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

We are meeting at the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District Board of Education Meeting at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, 1701 New York Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215.

We will gather outside at the North wing parking area (If you are coming from the New York Avenue entrance go left around the building to the covered parking area) and from there we will go together to the meeting.

In 2019 The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District Board of Education voted to accept Absecon’s students who are now assigned to Pleasantville, making them a party to Absecon's illegal and immoral effort to secede and further segregate our region.

Absecon’s separation petition is a part of a campaign of illegal secessions taking place across the state where majority white school districts are trying to secede from majority black and brown districts.

The members of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School Board of Education may not be aware that they agreed to participate in an illegal and unconstitutional scheme. It will be our job to let them know and to urge them to reverse their unlawful decision.

Sign up here to register for this action.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

March Against Racial Segregation

March for Freedom, Justice and Opportunity

Sunday, March 20, 1:30 PM, Starting at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ.

Join us as we march for justice, freedom and opportunity for all our children, Sunday,March 20 at 1:30 pm beginning at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 353 S New Rd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232.

You can sign up here.

Here in New Jersey, we have tolerated levels of racial and economic segregation in our schools not seen since the days of Jim Crow in the South.
Sunday, March 20th, is the 57th anniversary of the start of Dr. King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery to confront Alabama’s segregationist governor.

It also marks the one year anniversary of the historic march from Pleasantville to Absecon demanding Governor Phil Murphy stop school district secessions and end racial segregation in our schools.

Unfortunately, it also marks one year of being ignored by Governor Murphy while his administration ignores and worsens racial segregation in our schools.

It has been a year in which the pandemic response has served to further expose school segregation while causing a catastrophe of learning loss.

This spring we begin a new offensive of sustained and militant action aimed at pressing our legislators and our governor to give this crisis the attention it deserves.

We will gather at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1:30 PM where we will begin the march for Freedom, justice, and Opportunity.

 

Watch Rev. Willie D. Francois preach against racial segregation and secession in NJ.

Click here for a copy of the flyer

Clone of “I didn’t know n✴︎✴︎✴︎✴︎✴︎s were allowed”


You may have heard that a despicable racial expletive was used during a recent city council meeting in Absecon, NJ. The statement has since been denounced by city leaders and is being investigated by law enforcement. Still, incidents like this cause fear, mistrust and can only serve to reinforce a belief that racism is behind Absecon’s drive to segregate itself from the Pleasantville School district.

Sign up to March for Freedom Justice and Opportunity, Sunday, March 20, 1:30 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ.

In a recent New York Public Radio report about New Jersey’s segregated schools, “it’s just the element” is how one Absecon resident described the "problem" with Pleasantville and its students. In that same broadcast, Absecon School Superintendent, Dan Dooley denied his push to leave Pleasantville was racially motivated yet stunningly called it “an equity issue” for his students “because”, he said, “those with means go other places”. Mr. Dooley is correct that it is an “equity issue” but he failed to acknowledge how his plan would create the means for Absecon kids to “go other places" while leaving Pleasantville students more isolated and more segregated than ever before.  

Last year, Building One America and Mount Zion Baptist Church marched on Absecon to demand their leaders abandon their illegal and immoral campaign to secede from Pleasantville. We called on the Governor to reject the Absecon petition on the simple grounds that it is unconstitutional and it is wrong. 

One year later we’ve heard nothing from Governor Murphy and there’s been no change in the stance of Absecon’s leadership despite their verbal condemnation of overt racism. This Sunday, March 20, 2022 we will march again. This time will call on Absecon to show us that their denunciations of racial epitaphs are more than just words. We will call on them to withdraw their petition and join with us to press Governor Murphy and our legislative leadership to develop a real, lasting, and fair solution to the problem of school segregation and educational opportunity here and across New Jersey - a solution that will give all students, white, Black, Brown, rich, poor and middle-class the “means” to access and enjoy a thorough, efficient and a quality education in a society where everyone is allowed everywhere

Sign up here to march for freedom justice and opportunity

 

 

“I didn’t know n✴︎✴︎✴︎✴︎✴︎s were allowed”


You may have heard that a despicable racial expletive was used during a recent city council meeting in Absecon, NJ. The statement has since been denounced by city leaders and is being investigated by law enforcement. Still, incidents like this cause fear, mistrust and can only serve to reinforce a belief that racism is behind Absecon’s drive to segregate itself from the Pleasantville School district.

Sign up to March for Freedom Justice and Opportunity, Sunday, March 20, 1:30 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ.

In a recent New York Public Radio report about New Jersey’s segregated schools, “it’s just the element” is how one Absecon resident described the "problem" with Pleasantville and its students. In that same broadcast, Absecon School Superintendent, Dan Dooley denied his push to leave Pleasantville was racially motivated yet stunningly called it “an equity issue” for his students “because”, he said, “those with means go other places”. Mr. Dooley is correct that it is an “equity issue” but he failed to acknowledge how his plan would create the means for Absecon kids to “go other places" while leaving Pleasantville students more isolated and more segregated than ever before.  

Last year, Building One America and Mount Zion Baptist Church marched on Absecon to demand their leaders abandon their illegal and immoral campaign to secede from Pleasantville. We called on the Governor to reject the Absecon petition on the simple grounds that it is unconstitutional and it is wrong. 

One year later we’ve heard nothing from Governor Murphy and there’s been no change in the stance of Absecon’s leadership despite their verbal condemnation of overt racism. This Sunday, March 20, 2022 we will march again. This time will call on Absecon to show us that their denunciations of racial epitaphs are more than just words. We will call on them to withdraw their petition and join with us to press Governor Murphy and our legislative leadership to develop a real, lasting, and fair solution to the problem of school segregation and educational opportunity here and across New Jersey - a solution that will give all students, white, Black, Brown, rich, poor and middle-class the “means” to access and enjoy a thorough, efficient and a quality education in a society where everyone is allowed everywhere.

Sign up here to march for freedom justice and opportunity

 

March Against Racial Segregation

March for Freedom, Justice and Opportunity

Sunday, March 20, 1:30 PM, Starting at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ.

Join us as we march for justice, freedom and opportunity for all our children, Sunday,March 20 at 1:30 pm beginning at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 353 S New Rd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232.

You can sign up here.

Here in New Jersey, we have tolerated levels of racial and economic segregation in our schools not seen since the days of Jim Crow in the South.
Sunday, March 20th, is the 57th anniversary of the start of Dr. King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery to confront Alabama’s segregationist governor.

It also marks the one year anniversary of the historic march from Pleasantville to Absecon demanding Governor Phil Murphy stop school district secessions and end racial segregation in our schools.

Unfortunately, it also marks one year of being ignored by Governor Murphy while his administration ignores and worsens racial segregation in our schools.

It has been a year in which the pandemic response has served to further expose school segregation while causing a catastrophe of learning loss.

This spring we begin a new offensive of sustained and militant action aimed at pressing our legislators and our governor to give this crisis the attention it deserves.

We will gather at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1:30 PM where we will begin the march for Freedom, justice, and Opportunity.

 

Watch Rev. Willie D. Francois preach against racial segregation and secession in NJ.

Tell Phil Murphy to End School Segregation

Sign-on to letter to Governor Murphy supporters and allies.

Governor Murphy has ignored us. He has refused to meet with our coaltion and our leaders to discuss a proposal to end the terrible and unjust system of racially segrgated schools in New Jersey.

We must get his attention and demand a meeting. To do this we will talk to his major contributors and his most important political allies in New Jersey and across the country. 

To start, we will write a letter signed by many community leaders, labor, faith and civil rights leaders like yourself.

Here is a summary of the letter:

  •  • New Jersey has a horrific and shameful problem of school segregation by both race and class (one of the worst in the nation). Under Governor Murphy this system of inequality has only gotten worse.
  •  • For several years, our coalition of civil rights and grassroots leaders have asked to meet with the Governor to propose real solutions. 

• But Governor Murphy has ignored us and refuses to meet. 

• The letter asks his supporters to urge the Governor to meet with us so we can begin to work with the legislature to end the opportunity-destroying system of racially segregated public education in our state.

Find full LETTER HERE.

 

Leadership Training for Inclusive Communities

LEADERSHIP TRAINING BY BUILDING ONE AMERICA and the SUMMIT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

June 9 through June 12, 2022, Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE.

_______________________________________________________________________

FROM DIVERSITY TO SHARED POWER

Demographic diversity has been increasing throughout American society.  While membership and even leadership in many organizations have reflected this change, power and decision-making often fail to keep up with the racial, ethnic, generational and gender make up of our communities and institutions, including labor unions, local government, and religious congregations. This failure has left us weaker and more easily undermined by those who do not share our values of inclusion and opportunity.

One reason for this persistent power gap is that we too often confuse the visual trappings of diversity with genuine equality and political and economic integration. When members of underrepresented groups secure leadership positions they frequently begin at a significant disadvantage. Generational layers of power, privilege, experience and networks of formal and informal relationships are at play in any public arena where power is wielded and important decisions get made. These dynamics are taken for granted or denied by the powerful, while often unseen or not easily understood by the powerless. We frequently find ourselves in organizations, committees, boards and leadership structures that are diverse in name and appearance, but in reality are decidedly lopsided when it comes to the exercise of power.

As Frederick Douglass famously reminded us, power never did and never will be given away by those who have it to those who don’t.

Building One America’s training does not claim to make people more powerful nor does it create diversity, but it does better equip emerging leaders from diverse and working-class backgrounds to better understand and navigate the dynamics of power and politics and to have the tools to compete effectively and further themselves and their values in the public arena. Moreover, it will help individual leaders to recognize more clearly their own potential and motivations to build a powerful and meaningful public life.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE

 __________________________________________________________________

Who: This training is for leaders from anywhere who want to become more effective in making a difference – including organizers, leaders and volunteers from the faith community, labor unions, electoral politics, public office holders and grassroots rank-and-file leaders. 

What: The training teaches ordinary people to unleash their capacity to impact the social, political, environmental, and economic decisions affecting their lives. The training has been designed and will be conducted by experienced organizers affiliated with Building One America and the Summit for Civil Rights. The training is unique in combining elements of leadership training developed over the past fifty years by national community organizing networks, with a contemporary analysis and strategy for developing multiracial institutional and social power to build more inclusive and equitable communities.

Topics covered include:

  • An orientation and reflection on power
  • Understanding self-interest as a way to build membership, engage allies and adversaries, and become a more focused and self-motivated leader
  • The role, value, and techniques of one-on-one organizing
  • Conducting and understanding a power analysis
  • Distinguishing the “public” from the “private” in order to build an effective public life
  • The key principles and elements of strategy and tactics and issues and action
  • Identifying and developing leaders
  • The importance of organized money
  • Principles and techniques for effective meetings
  • Personal reflection, strategic planning and developing a personal path to power

The training is not just an intellectual exercise. It challenges and helps experienced leaders and emerging leaders to identify, reflect on, and overcome internalized attitudes and beliefs that stand in the way of becoming more powerful and impactful. The goal is to produce more powerful leaders and to facilitate the expansion of more powerful and more unified multiracial coalitions and structures.

When:  The training will take place over four days starting Thursday, June 9 through Sunday June 12, 2022.

Where: Stocton Universty, Galloway Township Campus, Galloway, NJ

Cost: Tuition plus room and board is $625 per participant for affliaites and sponsoring organizations. 

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can beaccessed HERE. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS 

The training institute helped me become a more powerful leader, acting more strategically, efficiently, and decisively, creating greater accountability for myself and others - Eloise Henry, President, Richmond Heights (OH) City CouncilTESTIMONIALS 

 ...a very powerful training. It equipped me with the tools to reinvent myself - Rev. Rohan Hepkins, Mayor, Yeadon, PA

This is the most relevant, intense and productive conference I have ever attended - Heather Sorge, Campaign Organizer, Healthy Schools Now

Despite 40 plus years in politics, I found the 4-day training to be new, useful, and refreshing.  It was helpful in expanding my own political power and in understanding and dealing with others who are exercising theirs. Ant it led to new and significant relationships for me - Dale Miller, Member, Cuyahoga (OH) County Council

Completely caught me by surprise. I thought I knew what being a leader meant, but the training showed me parts of leadership that I knew nothing about. It really helped me with my networking skills and in my new position as President of CWRUs Black Student Union. I’m excited to see what it can do for more people in our community - Aliah Lawson Executive Chair, Black Student Union, Case Western Reserve University

Learned how our stories of powerlessness informs our own path to power. I had great moments of clarity - Ashley Bennett, Freeholder, Atlantic County

It was helpful. Extraordinarily. Thank you! - Tomea Sippio-Smith - Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PA) Education Policy Director

Training was awesome. Confirmation for me as well as new found skills – Alexis Rean-Walker, HPAE, Secretary-Treasurer

 Learned new skills for active listening and relationship development; clearer understanding of power dynamics that drive organizations and elected leaders; deeper understanding of structural causes of inequity and a path to racial integration; and practical steps to develop an inclusive and powerful network that can drive change - Tom Bullock, Member at Large, Lakewood (OH) City Council

Key learning moments were understanding my power, self interest and anger.  Thank you! – Martha Camacho-Rodriguez - Cerritos College, Trustee, Norwalk, CA

I’ve become more confident and feel that I have fully stepped into my leadership role - Safronia Perry, Executive Director, Hope Station (PA) Area Neighborhood Council

 I used to stay in the back of the room, rarely speak, and try to be invisible. The training helped me to find my voice - Darnelle Crenshaw, Student, Case Western Reserve University  

The training did a terrific job encouraging us to reflect on times when we feel powerless, and to consider how those times can help shape how we react to the world and drive us in our work. - Tim Nelson, Vice President, Braham (Minnesota) Evangelical Lutheran Church Council, Chair, Braham (Minnesota) Area Education Foundation

Thank you. The training was awesome – Taylor Picket Stokes, Rescue Mission of Trenton

The training rocked my world and gave me a new roadmap for action. Amazingly intense and perspective-shifting. Great content, compelling examples, helpful exercises and an energized group of participants. - Gary Forman, Trustee and Executive Committee Member, SOMA Action

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Event Date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 3:00pm
Event location: 
Galloway Township, NJ
Event Fee: 
Tuition is $625 per participant (including lodging and meals)

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