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Is This My America?

Is this My America? Land of the free, home of the brave? Is this my America? This is a land taken from Native Americans, a foreign land to enslaved Africans who were bought and sold like cattle, a "land of opportunity" to Hispanic and other immigrants who were encouraged to come and work, and later demonized. Is this my America? We love America--this is our country with all its greatness, freedoms, opportunities, and yes, also its flaws, demons, and hypocrisy. If America wants to take responsibility for its greatness, it should--it must take responsibility for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, to name only a few. That responsibility doesn't just mean eventual multi-million dollar settlements. It means that serious conversations about systemic and institutional racial injustice need to be a national conversation. Yes, this is My America. Ask us what we're doing to make it a better place. We'll answer and ask you the same. 

Engagement and Action
This Thurs., June 4th, Frances Causey and TiBA leadership will discuss current events and use the Long Shadow to provide a historical perspective on the racial dynamics of this country. Click here for free access to watch The Long Shadow and register to join the conversation. 

Why Didn't I Know That?

TiBA joined with Pizza & Social Justice, ComeUnity, and others to submit a proposal to Governor J. B. Pritzker to recognize Race Amity Day in Illinois on Sun., June 14, 2020. Race Amity Day is a time to celebrate and affirm the richness of our diverse racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds across America. Massachusetts was the first state to establish Race Amity Day in 2015. We encourage you to contact the Governor's Office in Illinois and your home state to encourage recognizing Race Amity Day. 

On Fri., May 1, 2020, TiBA held a virtual celebration of its second year of showing The Long Shadow. Frances Causey, volunteers, partners, and supporters joined the conversation. If you'd like to get more involved with the work that TiBA is doing, email us at 

So many videos have gone viral about the racial turmoil, hurt, and devastation that is happening in our country. One that really touched our hearts was 12-year old Keedron Bryant singing, "I just wanna' live." Check it out on Google or Youtube. 
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The TiBA Board of Directors are Pres. Sharon Hatchett, Esq., Vice-Pres. Xcylur Stoakley, Sec. Julie
Shelton, Esq., Treas. Tom Denio, Amania Drane, Dr. Raquel Farmer-Hinton, Van Gilmer, & Mae Smith.

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