poc caucus

Orange County Health Department People of Color Caucus
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
12 pm to 1 pm
Whitted Building – 3rd Floor BOH Room


Please join us for OCHD’s POC Caucus! We will meet this Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm on the third floor of the Whitted Building. Feel free to bring your lunch with you!
All people of color who have completed REI’s Phase l workshop, Latinx Challenge, and/or training with OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc. are invited and encouraged to attend. For newer participants, please see our purpose outlined below – we look forward to welcoming you to our caucus!
For August, we would like to discuss the video below.
Eddie Glaude, the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University speaks about the recent tragedies in Texas and Ohio and why blaming Trump is the easy route for many. While many people believe that Trump’s rhetoric and his lack of condemnation of white supremacy has incited some to act violently, let’s discuss the deeper narrative of America.
America is a country built on violence and suffering of Native American and African people. How does this history continue to manifest itself in today’s society? In what ways has this history and the manifestations of this history been hidden, covered, and concealed to continue to support white supremacy and ignorance? In what ways, seen and unseen are people of color paying the price today?  In what ways have you believed in or not the myths and legends that have been told about America? If this is America, what part can you play to embrace our history and dismantle white supremacy or do you believe our country is doomed to repeat tragic actions such as those that occurred in Texas and Ohio, again and again?
We welcome all of your thoughtful questions and considerations about the video and other related topics so that we can reflect more deeply together. As usual, we hope the analysis from REI will help inform what we share, and we intend to create a protected space to speak openly, learn from one another, and heal together. We hope to see you there!
Krishnaveni Balakrishnan
POC Caucus Liaison
HPES Division

Questions? Comments? Want to connect but can’t attend? Something else?
Email Veni at kbalakrishnan@orangecountync.gov
POC Caucus Meets Bimonthly:
First Wednesdays of each months @ 12 pm @ Whitted
Third Fridays of each month @ 1 pm @ Southern
Check out more details about OCHD’s POC Caucus

People of Color caucus in order to:

  • to build more meaningful, equitable relationships with each other
  • to deepen our analysis of systemic inequity, particularly regarding racism in the US
  • to process our experiences of oppression & internalized inferiority, moving towards healing
Community Events
Anything to add let Veni know.
  • Black Ladies in Public Health NC Meet Up – August 10th – Click here for more information.
  • Black August in the Park – August 10th – Click here for more information
  • "Race, Gender, and Jim Crow Lecture Series" - Philip Rubio will discuss his book "There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality." – August 15th – Click here for more information.
  • The Correct Thing: Palmer Memorial Institute Film Screening – August 17th – Click here for more information.
  • Stagville and the Roots of Durham Tour – August 17th – Click here for more information.
  • A Year of Reading James Baldwin with Jaki Shelton Green: Baldwin's 1963 book of essays, The Fire Next Time – August 18th – Click here for more information.
  • No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone – August 21st – 25th – Click here for more information.
  • African American Cultural Festival – August 31st and September 1st - Click here for more information.
  • "Race, Gender, and Jim Crow Lecture Series" - Andre Vann will present on his research titled "A New Birth of Freedom: The Hawkins Family During the Jim Crow Era from Henderson, NC to Boston and Cambridge, MA." = September 19th – Click here for more information.
  • Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance Gallery Opening – September 19th – November 21st – Click here for more information.  


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