On the Table

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New Memphis offers On the Table to our alumni as an opportunity to create conversations on important community topics that allow different point-of-views to be expressed and heard. These events are limited in size to foster a comfortable, engaging environment, so you are encouraged to register quickly.

Topic: Racism, A Public Health Crisis

Last year the Shelby County Health Department declared that racism is a public health crisis. What does this mean for residents? Declaring racism a public health crisis allows for creation of policies which reverse the effects of systemic racism. The American Public Health Association, declares that "racism hurts the health of our nation by preventing some people the opportunity to attain their highest level of health".

In this discussion, we will take a look at how the Shelby County Health Department plans to address racism as a public health crisis.

May 17, 2021, 6pm -8pm

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  • January 2020  - Topic: 2020 Census and Equity: The discussion focused on understanding how the Census helps our country apportion federal funding and spending, draw congressional districts and collect taxes.
  • February 2020 - Topic:  Ibram X. Kendi's How To Be An Antiracist": We discussed how racism intersects with class, culture, and geography. It shapes the way we see and value ourselves. Kendi offers a clear way through this prison-house taking us on a path to forming a just and equitable society and this, a healthier community.
  • July 2020 - Topic: Session 2: Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist": This discussion dug deeper into current culture surrounding race relations, but all addressed actionable items for us as a community.
  • September 2020 - Voter Rights and Representation : This discussion addressed your rights and your responsibility as a voter. What does it mean to be a responsible citizen after you cast your ballot? What does voter suppression look like and how can we advocate for change in our neighborhoods?
  • November 2020 - Education Environment during COVID: It takes a village to uplift and educate every child in our community. This discussion addressed the current educational landscape as it pertains to virtual learning during COVID. Together we discussed barriers, solutions, and innovative ideas that have sprouted as a result of new demands.
  • March 2021 - Topic: Activism in the Workplace. In this session we explored social justice in the workplace and how employees and employers are expected to communicate their values.

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