The purpose of the Racial Justice Committee is to encourage and help focus the Amherst League of Women Voters’ work to understand and challenge systemic racism, both locally and nationally. We will collaborate with other like-minded local efforts who share this goal. We intend to educate ourselves and our organization about racism at the individual, community and organizational levels with a commitment to listening. We seek a solution-oriented understanding of what it means to be anti-racist. In working against racism in our community, we intend primarily to partner with other organizations rather than initiating projects on our own.

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Racial Justice Task Force

Balancing Data and Democracy...

January 20, 2023

...the Restorative Work of W. E. B. Du Bois & the Importance in This Moment with Prof. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center. Register.

Our Fragile Democracy...

December 17, 2022

...and the Importance of an Engaged Citizenry, with speaker Sudha Setty, Dean of the City University of New York School of Law. Register in advance.

Tote2Vote

October 07, 2022

The latest project of Dr. Shirley Whitaker will be discussed during this next installment of the Judy Brooks Conversation Series. Register.

Conversations Earl Miller, CRESS director

July 06, 2022

Earl Miller, Director of the Town of Amherst's Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service (CRESS) will be the next guest in LWVA's Judy Brooks Conversation Series. Register here.

Racial Justice Committee Annual Report 2021-2022

June 15, 2022

The LWVA’s Racial Justice Committee (RJC) has been meeting bi-monthly since April 2020. We are: Andrea Battle, Lydia de Faveri Spiegal, Rebecca Fricke, Meg Gage, Martha Hanner, Ash Hartwell, Bonnie Isman, Renee Moss, Marcie Sclove, and David Williams.

On March 22, 2021 we held a Zoom Forum of Groups working on racial justice. 185 people attended. This was the beginning of the Amherst Racial Justice Network (ARJN). We have taken more steps to develop ARJN and will see how it all proceeds.

LWVA Gives First Civic Action Grant for Restorative Justice Program

June 15, 2022

In May 2022, the LWVA Grant committee awarded its first grant, $1000 to the ARHS Restorative Program.

Letter and Invitation from RJC

May 19, 2022

May 22 welcome to Amherst for three exceptional individuals. Pictures!

Homelessness in Amherst

April 18, 2022

With Kevin Noonan, Executive Director of Craig's Doors, continuing the Judy Brooks Conversation Series. Register in advance.

Brown Bag: Future of Amherst Schools

January 23, 2022

Speaker: Doreen Cunningham, ARPS Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity and Human Resources. Click to join.

Racial Justice Committee Goals and Objectives

December 19, 2021

The Racial Justice Committee outlines its goal and objectives for 2022.

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