Community Conversations

From August 2017 to January 2018

Download the calendar here.


In response to the White Supremacist rally planned for August 26, 2017, HRC developed an ongoing series of conversations about race, hate speech, and discrimination. These “Community Conversations” are meant to inspire courageous dialogue on issues of equity and direct action in a healing space, with an opportunity for participants to express love and provide help against hate.
Community Conversations are generally held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the 25 Van Ness building, and are expected to continue through at least January 2018.  Approximately 80 attendees have already been logged at the four Community Conversations held to date.
Community Conversations Calendar
8/23/17: “Civil Rights Movements in San Francisco” with Rev. Arnold Townsend; co-hosted with the Department of Police Accountability 
8/30/17: “The Impact and Trauma of Racism” with Denise Boston, Ph.D.
9/6/17:  “Update: Civil Rights Movements in San Francisco” with Rev. Arnold Townsend
9/13/17:  “Drumming Circle with Roadmap to Peace” with Arturo Carrillo and Chris Reyes
9/20/17:  “Vicarious Resilience” with Denise Boston, Ph.D. 
9/27/17: “What if I’m Cisgender, White, Heterosexual, or All Three? Intersections, Privilege and Fierce Ally-ship!” with Tarah Fleming, Our Family Coalition
10/4/17: “Accessing Higher Education While Incarcerated” with Jason Bell, Project Rebound
10/11/17: “Undocumented and Unafraid: Local Perspectives on the Immigrant Rights Movement” with Prishni Murillo, Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
10/18/17: “Power & Privilege” with Director Davis
10/25/17: “PTSD and Youth: How Trauma Effects Students' Behavior” with Darrick Smith, Ed.D. 
11/1/17: “Self-Care” with Denise Boston, Ph.D. 
11/8/17: “Artists as Activists & Healers” with Director Davis
12/10/17: “Human Rights Day Celebration” featuring food, art, and keynote from Danny Glover 
1/26/18: “Inclusivity & Authors: The Case for Community-based Publishing” with Zetta Elliott, Ph.D.



A partial list of the agencies HRC has partnered with as part of its Community Conversations:

Black to the Future
Roadmap to Peace
Pacific Islander Taskforce
Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
Department of Public Health 
Our Family Coalition