Weekly Newsletter | August 4, 2020

August 5:  Building Bridges of Social Justice in Salem   
The program committee has discussed bringing programs related to current events, particularly regarding racial justice. August 5th will be the first related program.
DJ Vincent, from Salem Leadership Foundation will present a program on the questions:   How can we BECOME leaders who practice BRIDGING difference and creating BELONGING in Salem?  D.J. is the South Salem Lightening Rod and Deputy Director for Salem Leadership Foundation. In January of this year DJ helped launch a Bridging Cohort of community leaders interested in racial and social justice. This group formed based upon a training from Ben McBride the founder of the Empower Initiative in California. Ben McBride’s focus is to transform public safety through bridge-building. He trained over 100 department and law enforcement executives in California over the last 3 years. DJ will be describing his experience using McBride’s “Belonging Window” to help understand how we see people and situations from different perspectives. He will share how the Bridging Cohort is bringing a variety of community leaders together to increase understanding of racial differences and seek solutions to racial injustice issues in Salem.

Program Chair: Linda Bednarz
Message from President Sue
In reviewing our program this week from DJ Vincent regarding how we can become leaders who practice bridging difference and creating belonging in Salem I found the quotes below for reflection.  

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“So, let us not be blind to our differences–but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.””
Robert F. Kennedy
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you–always.” Oprah Winfrey

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