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Date: Mon Jun 07 1999 - 09:02:20 EDT

Southern States Action Report Newsletter
June 1999

The Southern States Action Report is a service of the Southern Catalyst
Network (SCN). SCN is a regional alliance devoted to combating prejudice
and bigotry in the Deep South. For more information on SCN, call
504-865-6100. To submit news items regarding progressive work,
organizational programs, news of interest, or hate-group activity in your
area, contact area, contact


ERACISM - Join the ERACE group in New Orleans, Louisiana for on-going weekly
discussions on Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Cafe'
Reconcile (1631 Oretha Castle Haley) and on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. at C.C's Coffee Shop (2800 Esplanade Ave.). For more information,
contact Rhoda Faust at 866-1163

June 16-18
will host at three-day Train the Trainer Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Leadership for Diversity Forum is an extensive community relations
training program for a community leaders. NCBI trains leadership teams in
effective methods of prejudice reduction and intergroup conflict resolution.
For more information, contact Smith Williams, Director, or Kristin Harper,
Office Manager at 205-320-1963

June 28- July 19
SOUTHERN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (SEP) - SEP is holding a 3-week training
session on the basics of community organizing, grassroots fundraising, and
overcoming "ism" in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information on the
Project, please contact SEP at 423-984-6500 / 343 Ellis Ave., Maryville, TN
37804, E-mail: 37804, E-mail:


1. PBS Hosts Television Race Initiative

The Television Race Initiative (TRI) is a multi-tiered effort in which
diverse, character-driven, high-profile television broadcasts create an
opportunity for sustained community dialogue and problem solving around the
issue of race relations. In partnership with national and community- based
organizations, TRI uses storytelling - in the form of public television
broadcasts - to break the ice and encourage essential conversations that
lead to constructive action.

The latest in the series is the PBS documentary Rabbit in the Moon, directed by
Sundance award- winner Emiko Omori, which will air on July 6th, 1999 at 10 p.m.
on PBS (check local listings). This powerful program reflects on the personal
and political consequences of internment during WWII for the Omori family in the
Japanese American community. Omori asks her family and other detainees to
reflect on their experiences at the internment camps.

For more information about how to use the broadcast of Rabbit in the Moon to
spark and sustain dialogue around race relations in your community,
workplace, or place of worship, contact Anisha Narasimhan with the
Television Race Initiative at 415-553-2841 or Television Race Initiative at 415-553-2841 or


2. Alabama Men Plead Innocent in Murder of Gay Man

(Associated Press, May 20, 1999)

3. Texas Hate Crimes Bill Dies in Senate

Texas lawmakers abandoned a hate crimes bill that would include specific
protection for homosexuals.

(Associated Press, May 16, 1999)


4. Florida Teens Charged in Hate Crime

Three teenagers are being accused of spraying swastikas on a Jewish temple
in Miami, Florida.

(Miami Herald, May 25, 1999)


5. ACLU and Children Advocate challenge: Florida Ban on Lesbian and Gay

SPECIAL NOTE - WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: Every child deserves a safe, loving
environment in which to grow up. While the ACLU and Children First make the
argument in court, Equality Florida, a civil liberties organization for the gay,
lesbian, and transgendered community, is working to educate the public. For more
information, please send an
e-mail message to e-mail message to

(Equality Begins At Home Press Release, May 26, 1999)


6. Louisiana House Passes Prayer in School Bill

(Lafayette Daily Advertiser, May 21, 1999)


7. Klan Rally Canceled in Addis, Louisiana

(West Side Journal, May 20, 1999)


The following resources can be ordered through the Center for Living
Democracy at or by calling 802-254-1234

1. Teaching Tolerance - Sara Bullard, (Bantam Doubleday, 1996): Provides
practical advice on a basic level, a list of organizations to contact for
more information and a recommended reading list.

2. Bridging The Racial Divide - Paul Martin Dubois and Jonathon Hutson
(Center for Living Democracy, 1997) : The compilation of finds from CLD's
year-long research into the extend of interracial dialogue in communities
across the nation.

3. Facing the Challenge of Racism and Race Relations: Democratic Dialogue
and Action for Stronger Communities - Study Circles Resource Center, 1997):
A How to guide on organizing and facilitating dialogue circles that span
issues of race, ethnicity and culture.

4. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria? And Other
Conversations About Race - Beverly Daniel Tatum (Basic Books, 1997) : An
accessible theoretical and practical book that explains the development of
racial identities.

5. Healing Into Action: A Leadership Guide for Creating Diverse
Communities - Cherie Brown and George Mazza (National Coalition Building
Institute, 1997) : A practical guide for creating diversity in any
organization or community. Provides theories, examples, and activities.

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