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Enter a brave space to ponder solving The Cairo Question. Engage in dialogue based on the premise that dismantling racism goes beyond laws and legislation or politics or economics. It's an inside job where personal transformation and accountability impact social change in multiple dimensions: individual, interpersonal, systemic, and structural. It's a place to get comfortable with deconstructing your inner thoughts, ideas, and beliefs to examine what flows out into the world through your words, actions, and behaviors, particularly towards others who are different from yourself.

InflexionPoint Podcast: Cultivating Change from the Inside Out Transformation Talk Radio

    • Society & Culture

Enter a brave space to ponder solving The Cairo Question. Engage in dialogue based on the premise that dismantling racism goes beyond laws and legislation or politics or economics. It's an inside job where personal transformation and accountability impact social change in multiple dimensions: individual, interpersonal, systemic, and structural. It's a place to get comfortable with deconstructing your inner thoughts, ideas, and beliefs to examine what flows out into the world through your words, actions, and behaviors, particularly towards others who are different from yourself.

    Community Conversation with Khamil Bailey, Black Business Advocate

    Community Conversation with Khamil Bailey, Black Business Advocate

    Meet Guest Khamil Bailey, Founder of Cocoapreneur, Co-Founder of Greenwood Week Pittsburgh, and The Greenwood Plan | Corporate Consultant | Speaker | Black Business Advocate Khamil's Backstory Begins in East Orange, NJ Then Evolves After Attending University of Pittsburgh. Khamil's vision of thriving Black communities was planted in her home city of East Orange, NJ; and then transplanted to the city of Pittsburgh when she attended the University of Pittsburgh. The evolution includes the Greenwood Plan, Greenwood Week, Emerald City Co-Working Space, and the acquisition of a $4.1M building in Pittsburgh PA. "Life experience and an apparent need pushed me into social entrepreneurship and solving prominent and longstanding issues of inequity against Black Americans. My areas of focus is business, enterprise, and self-sustenance within predominantly African American communities. Read Black Enterprise Article: "Pitt Building Now Black Owned Aiming to Ignite Black Businesses"

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    Community Conversations - The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

    Community Conversations - The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

    Final Community Conversation on the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa. Mavis, Gail, and Anita finish up the series of Community Conversations about the Nguzo Saba: The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa. The goal with the series was to drive home the point that Kwanzaa Principles are working ideals. These ideals can be embedded into everyday life, particularly on the journey towards antiracist activation. In this episode they finish up the final two principles.   Creativity & Faith Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
    “Be unapologetically powerful and brave. Let no one convince you there are limits or boundaries to what you can achieve.” —Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts   Watch Here: https://youtu.be/cNe8CQnIg9E  

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    Community Conversations - Apply the Principles of Kwanzaa Daily

    Community Conversations - Apply the Principles of Kwanzaa Daily

    Collective Work & Responsibility. Cooperative Economics. Purpose. In the previous episode we opened up our community conversation with a discussion of the first 2 principles of the Nguzo Saba, Unity and Self Determination. In this episode we discuss the next 3 principles — Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, and Purpose, providig personal experiences and examples of work that exhibits the principles.   Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibilility - To build and maintain our community together and make our community’s problems our problems and to solve them together. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics - To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. Nia: Purpose - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

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    Community Conversations - The Hidden Potential. of the Nguzo Saba: 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

    Community Conversations - The Hidden Potential. of the Nguzo Saba: 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

    Happy New Year! Thank you for joining us for the first episode of InflexionPoint Podcast in 2024. This the spot where we are dedicated to the art of listening in authentic conversation. We challenge our audience to listen actively and intentionally for the purpose of self-awareness, understanding, personal transformation, and ultimately social impact. As a matter of fact the 2024 Theme is Community Conversations.   So What's the Big Deal With Community Conversations? Michael Halt, Founder of the Liminal School of Self-Directed Adult Learning defines Community Conversations as a process designed to be a simple and sociable informal conversation in which a small group of people come together to get to know one another, in a more meaningful way than usual, by talking about their sense of personal purpose in their lives and our community and about the issues that are of personal priority and concern. The mission of the American Libraries Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Libraries Transforming Communities is an initiative of the American Libraries Association that seeks to strengthen the role of librarians as core community leaders and agents of change. LTC addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources, and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways. One of the ways is through Community Conversations. The LTC and the Community Conversations Workbook is also supported by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, which is creating a counterforce in society powered by community-led change. Website quote: "Our task is to get on a more equitable, fair, just, inclusive, and hopeful path forward."   Community Conversation - The Hidden Potential of the Nguzo Saba: 7 Principles of Kwanzaa Frank Dobson Associate Dean of Students, Vanderbilt University, describes What Kwanzaa Means for Black Americans:  Each day of Kwanzaa is devoted to celebrating the seven basic values of African culture or the “Nguzo Saba” which in Swahili means the seven principles. The principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics (building Black businesses), purpose, creativity and faith. A candle is lit on each day to celebrate each one of these principles. On the last day, a black candle is lit and gifts are shared. Kwanzaa is rooted in the struggles and the gains of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the 50s and 60s. Professor Keith A. Mayes, a scholar of African American History at the University of Minnesota said, "For Black power activists, Kwanzaa was just as important as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Kwanzaa was their answer to what they understood as the ubiquity of white cultural practices that oppressed them as thoroughly as had Jim Crow laws.”   Watch Here: https://youtu.be/p2vF1sgcY2k  

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    Authors Who Spark Community Conversation - Robert P. Jones, President of the Public Religion Research Institute (Part 2)

    Authors Who Spark Community Conversation - Robert P. Jones, President of the Public Religion Research Institute (Part 2)

    Book Discussion - White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones Land, Labor, and Slavery “It's nothing short of astonishing that a religious tradition with this relentless emphasis on salvation and one so hyper attuned to personal sin can simultaneously maintain such blindness to social sins swirling about it, such as slavery and race-based segregation and bigotry.” ― Robert P. Jones, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity   Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism (a) The idea that God designated America as a new promised land—shaped how five centuries of Europeans would understand the “new” world and the people who populated it. (b) The right to go in and kill, conquer and reduce their persons to perpetual slavery. (c) Interconnection between land and slavery - enslavement of Africans was the continuation of genocide and dispossession flowing from the first European contact with Native Americans.   Legal Dimensions of the Doctrine of Discovery (a) First discovery. (b) Occupancy and current possession. (c) Religion - a significant aspect of the Doctrine of Discovery (d) Civilization.    From Columbus Day to Black History Month and Indigenous People’s Day Recognize the significance and need for a broader understanding of American history that includes the contributions and perspectives of Indigenous and African-American peoples.   Watch Here: https://youtu.be/cux-vwcPLtc  

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    Authors That Spark Community Conversation - Robert P. Jones, President of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)

    Authors That Spark Community Conversation - Robert P. Jones, President of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)

    Dr. Robert P. Jones: The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy emphasizes the importance of truth-telling and cross-cultural conversations in addressing the legacy of white supremacy and working towards a more equitable future. Robert P. Jones, President/Founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). Dr. Jones serves on the national program committee for the American Academy of Religion. Jones writes a weekly newsletter for those dedicated to the work of truth-telling, repair, and healing from the legacy of white supremacy in American Christianity. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future; White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, which won a 2021 American Book Award; and The End of White Christian America, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism The idea that God designated America as a new promised land shaped how five centuries of Europeans would understand the new world and the people who populated it. The right to go in and kill, conquer and reduce their persons to perpetual slavery right. Interconnection between land and slavery - enslavement of Africans was the continuation of genocide and dispossession flowing from the first European contact with Native Americans. Legal Dimensions of the Doctrine of Discovery (doctrineofdiscocery.org) First discovery. The first European country to discover lands unknown to other Europeans claimed property and sovereign rights over the lands and native peoples. First discovery, however, was usually considered to have created only an incomplete title. Actual occupancy and current possession. To turn first discovery into recognized title, a European country had to actually occupy and possess newly found lands. This was usually done by building forts or settlements. Physical possession had to be accomplished within a reasonable amount of time after the first discovery to create a complete title. Religion was a significant aspect of the Doctrine of Discovery. Under Discovery, non-Christian peoples were not deemed to have the same rights to land, sovereignty, and self-determination as Christians. Civilization. The European ideas of superiority based on the belief God had directed them to bring so-called civilized ways, education, and religion to Indigenous Peoples and to exercise paternalism and guardianship powers over them. From Columbus Day to Indigenous People s Day: Recognize the significance and need for a broader understanding of American history that includes the contributions and perspectives of Indigenous and African-American peoples. Watch Here: https://youtu.be/3TxDvMxUWnE

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