Evanston/North Shore

Let's Talk @ Lunch

"Always wishing that everyone in Evanston (or whatever other communities you go to) was REQUIRED to participate in something like this, at their work or through the YWCA, or their church. We all need this!"As we learn to talk THROUGH the issue of racism (instead of around it), we need to share a common language, and deepen our understanding by looking at events and institutions through a racial equity lens. One opportunity for such practice is our “Let’s Talk @ Lunch” program. Participants gather and YWCA Racial Justice Co-Directors Donique McIntosh or Eileen Hogan Heineman facilitate. Mark your calendars now for these "Let’s Talk @ Lunch" dates and locations:

YoFresh Yogurt Café, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston
First Tuesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm
Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2

Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston
2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm
Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13

Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12:00-1:00 pm
Jan.19, Feb.16, Mar. 15
This is made possible by a grant from the Skokie Community Fund.

"Every time I engage with these conversations, I am either re-energized or have gained a deeper understanding of my community and the various experiences that community members have."

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, 1215 Church St., Evanston

3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00-1:00 pm (feel free to bring your lunch)
Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 2

Additional locations coming in the Fall - watch this space for updates!

Articles we've discussed lately:

She was guilty of being a black girl: The mundane terror of police violence in American schools by Brittney Cooper
White people have a race — but everyone flips out when we talk about it by Jenée Desmond-Harris
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Letter to My Son by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm by Maisha Z. Johnson


Are you interested in having us facilitate a “Let’s Talk @ Lunch” series in YOUR place of business? Call (847) 864-8445 to speak to either Eileen (x158) Donique (x159) to get on our email list, set up a program at YOUR location, or find out more about "Let's Talk @ Lunch" or our Racial Equity Trainings.


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