Spotlight on the WNPJ member group, Families for Justice of Dane County

Families for Justice is a network of people working to dismantle white supremacy through multi-generational community organizing and direct action. This week we're talking about: A return to the conversation about Police-free schools, Re-Thinking Thanksgiving and 'real rent" , and urging all to see the Broom Street Theater production of "Geneology".  More information below...
 
  
What is Families for Justice? We work to disrupt and dismantle racism and white privilege in our school systems and communities. To advance our efforts, we use tools such as honest and compassionate dialogue, peer education, leadership development, community organizing and direct action. We are committed to listening to and strategizing with those most impacted, and to engaging more white parents and their families in being an active part of the solution. Our priorities are informed by national organizations such as the Movement for Black Lives and local organizations such as Freedom Inc.
 
We define “family” broadly – our community is open to everyone.
What We do: 
 
1) Create Space for education and community building 
- We host quarterly potlucks for people to learn more about us – with all ages welcome!  We host informal and kid-friendly study sessions to deepen our understanding of the work we’re doing. And we offer a number of workshops on how to talk with our kids about race, racism, and white privilege, as well as workshops on Black Lives Matter, mass incarceration, reparations, and white supremacy. Childcare is provided at these events.
 
2) Action and Community Engagement
- We are pushing for systemic change that addresses the root causes of racial oppression. This work may take many forms: public forums, protests, press conferences, letters to the editor, or speaking out at city council and school board meetings. We feel it is necessary to put pressure on our institutions and challenge them to enact these changes. (And we try to do this work in a way that makes it accessible to family members of all ages!) 
 
3) Consulting Services 
-Families for Justice is available to be of assistance to your school, organization, network or group for consultation and support. Payment for services is redirected to grassroots organizations led by people of color. Contact us to learn more.
 
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This week we're talking about: 
A return to the conversation about Police-free schools, 
Re-Thinking Thanksgiving and 'real rent" 
Urging all to see the Broom Street Theater production of "Geneology.
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A RETURN TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT POLICE-FREE SCHOOLS
 
ACTIVIST MATTHEW BRAUNGINN TALKS NEW WAYS TO RESPOND TO FIGHTS AT SCHOOL
 
Following recent fights at East High School, some parents are attributing the rise in violence to the absence of School Resource Officers. Listen to local activist Matthew Braunginn's podcast "Finding the Warm of Our Sun" to hear how "another district, which at the surface level seems to have had a worse fighting problem, solved this through community and community alternatives."
 
 
FREEDOM INC's FAQs
 
Local organization Freedom Inc., whose youth organizing is responsible for the MMSD school board's 2020 decision to end the contract with the Madison Police Department, fought long and hard to eliminate policing from the Madison Metropolitan School District. In the lead up to that win, they published an FAQ addressing the concerns most commonly voiced in opposition to that removal.
 
 
READY TO HELP KEEP MMSD COMMITTED TO POLICE-FREE SCHOOLS?
 
A group of allies working in partnership with Freedom Inc's youth organizers are gathering virtually on Saturday, November 27 from 9:30 - 11 AM to discuss ways of building analysis, capacity, and resiliency for future calls to keep police out of schools and bring transformative justice in. 
 
 
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RE-THINKING THANKSGIVING + "REAL RENT"
 
 
SOME RESOURCES WE LIKE
 
Check out the Indigenous Solidarity Network's Rethinking "Thanksgiving" Toolkit. (attached)
 
Looking for stuff for the kids in your life? Find books and many other resources for all ages about Wisconsin First Nations here.
 
Have you heard about "real rent" and efforts to reinstate Indigenous governance? Read more here.
 
 
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And a COMMUNITY EVENT
 
 
"GENEALOGY," A COMIC DRAMA ABOUT REPARATIONS
 
“Genealogy,” written by Joe Queenan and TJ Elliott, is a comedic drama about reparations that plays Friday-Sunday at the Broom Street Theater and runs through Nov. 21
 
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To learn more about this WNPJ member group, see: 
Families for Justice of Dane County 
Contact: Robin Lankton 
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