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821 Book Club: June 2017

The 821 Project’s book discussions expose the local community to social justice and multicultural perspectives through literature. June's discussion will be connected to the themes and topics raised in “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate" by Naomi Klein. The book talks about how climate change is challenging us to change our economic systems or risk making the condition of our world even worse. Klein also states that our relationship with nature and one another can be improved and we can combat climate change if we work hard enough. Watch the documentary, read the book, or do both, and join our discussion in June!

Meet 821

Learn more about The 821 Project, an organization promoting global citizenship in south Louisiana through social justice and intercultural education programs. Learn the story of 821 and about the different programs that we provide to expand south Louisiana's roots to the world. See how you can get involved and join us on our journey! "Meet 821" will be hosted at The Guru, located on 1857 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA on June 4, 2017, from 4PM to 7PM.

Statement On DOJ Decision

Recognizing the disappointment and despondency in the community upon hearing the DOJ’s decision in the case of Mr. Alton Sterling, The 821 Project would like to reaffirm its values of social consciousness, global citizenship, cultural humility and multicultural community empowerment in Baton Rouge and beyond. We applaud all efforts made by community and political leaders to improve police/community relations and expand awareness of racism since last summer’s tragic events. We must continue to address the poverty, geographic segregation, cultural exclusion, and disenfranchisement of African Americans in our local community. At the same time, we must also avoid silencing marginalized voices as

Religious Identity As A Component Of Social Identity

Photo credit: Amazon Prime There are thousands of religions represented in the world, and several hundred recognized in the United States. Each religious identity represented in the world has a unique relationship with political, educational, and cultural power structures present. However, religious identity as a part of one’s social identity tends to be overlooked, especially in our local community. Our identification with a religious group or lack thereof may influence our interactions within our community. In addition to this, some religious identities may receive certain privileges and influence that others may not receive. In the United States, sociologists have asserted that Christian-

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