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Registration open for SDARJ's Dialogue to Action programs in Lewes, Rehoboth, Georgetown

Delaware News Desk
Milford Beacon

The spring session of Dialogue to Action, a six-week program of conversations about racism geared toward meaningful action, is set to begin in early April in Lewes, Rehoboth BeacH and Georgetown.

Sponsored by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, in conjunction with the YWCA-DE Racial and Social Justice Program, multi-racial study circles of eight to 12 people will meet with trained facilitators once a week to talk about race, racism and possible solutions to end it. The program will culminate in an Action Forum, when all participants will gather to finalize plans for specific actions to address identified issues.

Registration is open for the discussion group meetings, set to meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 to May 6 at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway; from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 4 to May 9 at the Community Resource Center, 37510 Oyster House Road, Rehoboth Beach; and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7 to May 9 at First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown.

“Racism affects our community and every person’s quality of life,” said Don Peterson, chair of the SDARJ Outreach Committee. “It shows up in inequities between groups and in tensions among people from different ethnic backgrounds, and we need to face it head-on.”

Encouraging more African Americans to get involved, former participant Marlene Saunders describes Dialogue to Action as an opportunity “to form purposeful and enlightening relations with white people… relationships that are grounded on empathy, trust and respect.”

The program is free and open to anyone ready to dive into the issues and root causes of racism and to channel their conversations into action for sustainable change.

For registration and more, visit ywcade.org/dialogue-sussex or sdarj.org.