The PAC will present the third installment in our Speaker Series this year! Coming Tuesday, March 9th from 7-8pm,
join Merlyn Horton for an informative, engaging and useful look at
parenting online today and some immediately accessible tools and
techniques to manage our current challenges. A custom website, with
links to all resources and tools referenced in the webinar will be
provided to access to all. More info at https://www.safeonline.ca/
Reserve your tickets now. Please pay what you can afford. Donations to
cover the cost of the speaker are very much appreciated. Tickets available through Eventbrite now https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/safe-online-info-that-clicks-keeping-kids-safe-in-a-technological-world-tickets-143024380773
Happy Black History Month! And Happy Lunar New Year too!
Hastings Anti-racism Committee (HARC) has another week’s worth of inspiring stories and resources!
We hope you enjoyed all the stories from last week’s email and have shared some of what you learned with your kids. Now let’s dig in to this week’s stories!
1. Joe ‘Seraphim’ Fortes was so beloved by Vancouverites that more than 10,000 lined his funeral procession in 1922.
2. What you may have ‘learned’ about The Black Panthers may be far from the truth!
3. COINTELPRO was a counterintelligence agency that targeted and infiltrated groups that were deemed a threat to US politics. Both Martin Luther King and the Black Panthers were main focuses of the organization. One of COINTELPRO’s main core goals was to equate Black people and the civil rights movement as a constant, disruptive threat to white people and civil society. Sounds familiar!
4. Markiel Simpson is a local Black activist and a Hastings Elementary Alumnus(!) He works with the BC Community Alliance – an organization working hard to combat anti-black racism in BC schools. Listen to Markiel HERE
And donate to the BC Community Alliance’s important work
5. Maya Penn is an environmental activist, sustainable fashion designer and TED speaker, among many other talents….and she’s only 20 years old!
6. Visit Iron Dog Books, on Hastings St, to support local and pick up your next book by a Black author!
Follow their instagram for book suggestions
Connect with Iron Dog Books
Check out the VPL’s kids list
7. The Ensemble Theatre Company, in Vancouver, are running an online festival – Us: A Black Peoples Month Festival.
8. An online speaker’s event is happening this Friday at 10am! Changing The Narrative – is ideal for educators or anyone wanting to learn more about Black history in BC.
P.S. Some of our favorite kids’ books: A Place Inside of Me by Zetta Elliott, Happy to be Nappy by bell hooks, When Stars Are Scattered by Omar Mohamed & Victoria Jamieson, A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee. Tell us yours!
Happy Black History Month!
Mental Health and Wellness Tools for Children and Families during COVID
This online workshop explores the impact of COVID on the mental health of children & families, and provides tools to support better mental well being.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 |7:00 – 8:00 pm | Zoom
We have a parent education speaker focused on anti-racism. On Wednesday, January 20th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, join Michelle Wing to discuss what is anti-blackness, decolonization and white fragility. She will also share how racism shows up in schools and how it can be addressed.
Cost: By donation (sliding scale of $0-$20)
Monday, January 18, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:15 pm | Zoom
Any Hastings parent or guardian who is interested in supporting the work of anti-racism in the PAC is invited to join.
The PAC is committed to supporting the work of anti-racism at Hastings. At the end of the last school year, the PAC issued a statement of support for standing against racism, and committing to playing a role in creating a safe, inclusive and equitable environment at the school. While some members of the PAC executive have had some initial conversations about how we can work towards this goal, we believe that this is important work that many parents may be interested in being involved in.
To this end, we are hosting a series of Zoom meetings. We are inviting any parents who are interested in sharing and brainstorming ideas about what kind of anti-racism work we can engage with together. We will collectively decide on some actions to move forward with and look at roles we can all play.
You are invited to join us for this important conversation.
Friday, January 15, 2021
While Black Shirt Day won’t be an official event this year, ARC is working hard to make it a reality for 2022. This year’s inaugural event will be an important step in raising greater awareness of the civil rights struggle, and help foster solidarity against all forms of racism.
A small action can make a big difference. Join ARC to raise awareness this Friday, January 15th by wearing your black shirt.
Watch the segment from Global News.