My work has been promoting Black History Month all month long with different activities like weekly quizes, an art exhibit, and today a presentation on African Americans and Criminal Justice. It was a reminder to me of how far our society has come, and yet how far there is still to go in providing equality in the criminal justice system. A large portion of the presentation was on the difficulty in assembling a jury of one's peers for African Americans. The majority of jury's are white and can't relate to some experiences of African Americans, and a majority of the justice system (judges, attorneys, law enforcement) are white.
Here is a link to a 10-minute documentary on the jury process called "Juror Number Six". It gave me a lot to think about in regards to the biases faced as a juror and whether any one person can truely be prejudice-free.
My take-home from the presentation was that injustice still occurs today in the African American community, they face prejudice from the law enforcement level to the prosecution level. It's important to be aware of these injustices and recognize them as real issues, serve as a juror when the opportunity arises, and recognize that we all have biases.
Here's a funny clip they couldn't show during the presentation but suggested we take a look at. It's the Kings of Comedy and Cedric the Entertainer jokes about African Americans and running. The truth behind the joke is that when people in the African American community run away from police, often it's not because they are guilty or have done anything wrong, but it's something that they've learned - it's best to avoid dealing with the police all together.
I came across this suggestion from Unclutterer and thought I'd pass it along. I tried something like this when I first got married and it lasted about two weeks. It's a great idea, though, and I'm inspired to try it again.
"Don’t feel you need to take on cleaning your entire house all in one weekend. At Chez Doland, we deep clean the kitchen and dining room on Monday, Bathrooms on Tuesday, Bedrooms on Wednesday, Living and family rooms on Thursday, and Friday is for the foyer, garage, and laundry room. After a 10 minute general pick up around the house, we focus for 20 minutes on the targeted room."
One of my dearest friends is getting married on Saturday in Los Angeles, so my hubby and I are packing up the car tomorrow and making the seven hour drive down. Sadly, it will be a quick trip and we'll drive back home on Sunday. But, this means less time off of work and we don't have to find someone to take care of our cat, Roland.
Some things I'm really looking forward to are:
1. Seeing my dear friend Sarah tie the knot here (learn more about Mormon temples here)
So, January was all about focusing on my role as Flashmeister for the run club I belong to, EBRC. I think it went well. I feel really happy about the spotlight. The club organizer says it's one of his favorite things about the club! A few weeks ago, unfortunately, I was met by some resistance from members I wanted to spotlight but who didn't want to participate. I got a little insecure about the idea, but was really encouraged by the feedback I got from other club members who think it's a great idea. I'm working on ways I can revamp it and thinking of new questions.
The newsletter is still a work in progress, but it's going to be awesome when it's completed. I wanted to take the time and make it really special, rather than rush it. The feature will be from our Yogameister who takes you through some great yoga poses for runners. We did a photo shoot at her studio where she teaches Yoga (Jack London Square in Oakland, CA). It was a really neat experience - I've never done a photo shoot before. I think it turned out well. Also, I'll include our Brunchmeister's contribution of a fantastic banana bread recipe. We have a few honorary club members who are well-known in the running community. I really want to do an interview for the newsletter.
So, I guess February has been a continuation of January's goals of working on the club.
Recently, though, I started working on my etsy site. It's still pretty rough, but getting better. I'm working on some items and will post pictures of them when I'm done. I'm really excited to see how they turn out.