Spotlight On: Black Women’s Health Imperative

All February long during Black History Month, Repair the World is checking in with people and organizations working on the forefront of Black issues in America. Today we’ve got our spotlight on: Black Women’s Health Imperative – an incredible organization that educates and advocates for health equality for Black women.

Founded in 1981, BWHI has been a champion of health for more than three decades. Their campaigns focus on diseases that disproportionately impact Black women – things like cervical and breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. They educate women about their healthcare options and provide the information and tools needed to get covered by medical insurance.

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Meanwhile their campaigns – like Black Women Matter (an initiative focused on increasing the numbers of healthy black women in America) and My Sister’s Keeper (an advocacy initiative on Historically Black College campuses) – help raise awareness and foster a community of empowered, strong women.

Similar to the Black community, the Jewish community faces its own unique health risks – from genetic diseases like Tay-Sachs to a higher risk of breast cancer in Ashkenazi Jewish women. (Check out the amazing education and advocacy work Sharsheret is doing on that front.) That’s just one reason of many why we support and salute the amazing work of BWHI!

To find out more about Black Women’s Health Imperative’s work, check out their website and Facebook page.

Repair Inspiration: New Harper Lee Novel on the Way

Literary fans, file this one under pure excitement. Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, will be releasing a sequel – 55 years after the first book was published. Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird is known as one of the great books of the civil rights era. Her “new” book, Go Set a Watchman, which she actually wrote prior to Mockingbird, will come out in July. (Not surprisingly, it is currently the number 1 best-selling book on Amazon, despite being several months from publication.)

We’re inspired by Lee’s book for two reasons. Firstly, it will be exciting to read new words from the 88 year old author after years of silence. And secondly, while race inequalities continue to be one of our country’s greatest challenges, perhaps Lee’s new book can serve as a rallying call.

Find out more about Go Set a Watchman in the paragraphs below, and read the full story over at The New York Times.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel
By: Alexandra Alter

For more than half a century, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has stood apart as a singular American literary masterpiece, a perennial best seller that has provoked countless classroom discussions about racial and social injustice. It brought instant and overwhelming fame to its enigmatic author, Harper Lee, who soon retreated from the spotlight to her native Monroeville, Ala. She never published another book, leaving her millions of fans yearning for more.

Now, at age 88, Ms. Lee has revealed that she wrote another novel after all — a sequel of sorts to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” featuring an aging Atticus Finch and his grown daughter, Scout.

On Tuesday, Ms. Lee’s publisher announced its plans to release that novel, recently rediscovered, which Ms. Lee completed in the mid-1950s, before she wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The 304-page book, “Go Set a Watchman,” takes place 20 years later in the same fictional town, Maycomb, Ala., and unfolds as Jean Louise Finch, or Scout, the feisty child heroine of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” returns to visit her father. The novel, which is scheduled for release this July, tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter.

Read more…

So…What’s RTW NYC?

Hungry to Repair the World in New York City? You’re in luck! Unless you’ve been hiding under a newly fallen pile of snow, you probably know that we’ve been hard at work developing a fellowship site to launch in Central Brooklyn.

I’m Leah Silver, a second year Repair the World fellow. I served my first year with RTW in West Philly facilitating an after school science program at a local Boys and Girls Club. I’m all about social justice and appreciate breaking bread over courageous conversations involving how to better the world we live in. This year, I came to NYC to help develop our newest fellowship program that will host eight fellows in Crown Heights on an eleven month journey in direct service and volunteer recruitment around areas of food and education justice.

I’d also like to introduce you to the rest of our amazing NYC site development team. Meet Alli Lesovoy. Alli is a Northern California native who served as a fellow in Baltimore last year helping kids who were at risk for being chronically absent. She has a serious passion for knitting, avocados and all things social justice. Last but most certainly not least, I’d like to introduce Cindy Greenberg, our powerhouse of a City Director. Cindy is a proud Brooklynite going on 12 years strong with her family of 5 in the borough she loves. Cindy has spent her career helping those in need and is the perfect addition to our RTW family!

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So what’s this blog all about? We wanted to give you a first hand look into how building a program like the Repair the World fellowship works in a unique and diverse city like NYC. We’ll explore important issues that are prevalent in our community and brainstorm ways to build community around addressing the systemic inequality that permeates many aspects of our everyday lives. Thus far, we’ve experienced some amazing people, places, and things that we want to share with all of you. We also want to share this experience with the hope that you’ll join us in creating a sustainable and meaningful program for our community. We need your help!

Curious to learn more? You can join us this month for an exciting educational opportunity at our upcoming Cocktails with a Conscience: What’s Your Brooklyn at Berg’n (899 Bergen Street) on February 26 to meet other like-minded New Yorkers. We’ll be exploring how the meaning of community evolves as demographics rapidly shift throughout our Brooklyn community. Pretty cool, right? Come join us and see what we’re all about.

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Stay up to date with us on this blog as we continue to explore important issues and awesome work that’s happening right in our backyard. You can also join ournewsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for immediate updates.

If you have any questions or ideas of what we should be blogging about, we want to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected].

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This Week in Links 2.6.15

More Women Ride Mass Transit Than Men. Shouldn’t Transit Agencies Be Catering to Them?
Fascinating stat: “according to a recent survey by SEPTA, the city’s transportation agency, a remarkable 64 percent of the people riding Philly’s subways and buses are women.”

The Difference Choosing Ugly Vegetables Can Make

Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?

It Takes a Village: The Rise of Community-Driven Infrastructure

What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

Low Wage Nation

Does public radio sound too ‘white’? NPR itself tries to find the answer.

Does Gentrification Cause a Reduction in Laundromats?

If Corporations Are People, They Should Act Like It

Piling on Work to Escape Gap in Health Care Law

The Typical Millennial Is $2,000 Poorer Than His Parents at This Age

Saved by the bell hooks

The Best Way to Growing Fundraising May Be Boosting Volunteerism

‘The Tyranny of the Meritocracy’

The Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland

The 21-Mile Walk to Work

It’s Easy to See Why This Man’s Grueling Commute Went Viral

Americans Think Upward Mobility Is Far More Common Than It Really Is

A Little Bit Softer Now: How To Dance To ‘Shout’ Without Ending Up On The Floor

Unemployment Has Changed. Unemployment Benefits Haven’t.

Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

On The Origins of Gender Human Capital Gaps: Short and Long Term Consequences of Teachers’ Stereotypical Biases

The new ‘cool’ cities for Millennials

The Bus Terminal Is Dead. Long Live the Bus Terminal

Brace Yourselves: Traffic Circles Are Making a Comeback

More Schools Serve Dinner as Demand Expands

A Soundtrack of Income Inequality Along the New York City Subway

Black History Month at Repair the World

February is Black History Month – a month dedicated to honoring the many achievements and contributions African American people have made in this country.

It is always a meaningful month. But this year, with issues of injustice and civil rights , and the positive uprising of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it feels even more poignant.

All February long, Repair the World will commemorate Black History Month. We will be celebrating the great work of organizations around the country working as the leaders of the justice movement – check back to the blog this month for posts and interviews. To get things started, check out this great video outlining the origins of Black History Month:

How Did You Turn the Tables on MLK Day?

Pardon us while we kvell for a minute here, but MLK Day weekend was completely awesome. All over the country, people spent the day showing up and pitching in – volunteering in their communities to celebrate the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Repair the World was no exception. Our Turn the Tables campaign inspired more than 120 hosts and 1,000 guests to sit down for a Shabbat dinner to discuss racial injustices and civil rights. Meanwhile, it gave 700 volunteers an opportunity to plug into meaningful service projects across our five partner communities (Detroit, New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh) and beyond.

Added up, that’s a lot of great minds and even more capable hands, coming together to stand up for justice and strong communities. As participant Rebecca Haskell in Oakland, California commented, “Turn the Tables provided time and space for people to broach a subject that we otherwise wouldn’t and talk about our thoughts, questions, and concerns.” We can’t think of a better way to honor Dr. King’s life and work.

If you joined in one of Repair the World’s Turn the Tables events (or if you did something else amazing to celebrate MLK Day), we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, or tweet us @repairtheworld.

This Week in Links 2.2.15

A weekly roundup of stories from across the web about issues related to Repair the World Philadelphia, Racial Injustice, Food Justice, Education Inequality, and the #TurnTheTables Campaign.

Whitesplaining ‘Selma': A Hall of Shame

Seth Goren is Director of Repair the World Philadelphia