Dear Justice Seeker,

Voter suppression. Family separation. State violence. These are just a few of the symptoms of the root causes of oppression within our nation, our cities, our neighborhoods. Now, more than ever, we need folks who are committed to justice. This is why the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit (formerly the Summit Against Racism) is revamping its efforts to create community in the midst of struggle. We have a new name, new logo and more importantly a revitalized perspective on what racial justice looks like in Pittsburgh.

Our intention behind the new format is to create more opportunities that bring the community together in conversation around healing the division in our country in imaginative new ways. Our objective is for these discussions to translate into sustainable collective action which joins and expands existing movement work within the city of Pittsburgh. This year, we are calling those who are ready to move beyond racism in theory and who are ready to do the personal anti-racism work necessary for systemic change.

Our theme for the 2019 PRJS is Moving Forward Together: An Honest Confrontation and Resource for an Anti-Racist Community. We face deep divisions across our country, region, city, and world. We, the people must step up to reckon with the continued violence on people across ideological divides to reconcile the injustices and to begin to repair our frayed social fabric.

The PRJS topic for this year is Reckoning, Reconciliation, and Repair. In order to pursue justice for all, we must fully acknowledge the ways white supremacy oppresses people of color, actively seek ways to equitably re-distribute power and resources, and envision a way forward which unapologetically centers marginalized folks. We will explore and re-imagine this process within the realms of education, criminal justice, healthcare, finance, and other societal institutions.

For those of you that attended SAR in the past, you will see that we have adopted a new format for our 21st year. The opening ceremony will take place on January 25, 2019, at Union Project, 801 N Negley Ave, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The full-day Summit follows on January 26, 2019, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. A final call to action will be made at our closing Organizing Dance Party that evening at Union Project, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

PRJS is committed to holding a space which builds community by actively dismantling the structures that gain power through the systems of oppression that marginalize folks. We unapologetically center folks who are black and brown, trans, queer, gender non-conforming, youth, immigrant and people with disabilities.

For more information, please contact us at
[email protected]pittsburghracialjusticesummit.org.

In solidarity,
The 21st Annual Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit