Tuesday, February 03, 2009

February's Detroit Abides - Race the Power of an Illusion

ABIDE: to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.

If you would like to be a Detroit Abides resource or to 'table' at this important event please contact Lisa

Detroit Abides October

On the third Wednesday of every month DETROIT ABIDES screens a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community.

For more information or to get involved call “the Lab” 313.316.1411

Wednesday, Februdary 18th, 7 - 9 pm
in Eastern Market's heated Shed 5

This Month's Topic: Dismantling Racism in Detroit

This months FREE movie is Race: the Power of an Illusion

This month please join Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Detroit Evolution Laboratory, and Eastern Market Corporation for a powerful DETROIT ABIDES. On Wednesday February 18th from 7 - 9 pm we'll gather and screen 2 of the 3 part series Race: The Power of an Illusion. We will view the episodes The Story We Tell and The House We Live In. This informative documentary will assist us to establish an open dialog on Racism requisite to Social Justice and meaningful change in Detroit.

The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has become so deeply embedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that's exactly what this provocative, new three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.

The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural." The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people

For this casual event, please bring a comfortable seat. Though Shed 5 is enclosed and heated, it’s a large space so bringing sweaters, blankets and friends is advised. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Shed.

Please support and promote our partners:

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Eastern Market Corporation Detroit Evolution Laboratory

ABIDE: to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.

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