August 29, 2022
The Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE PARENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (PLTI) OF ALEXANDRIA ANNOUNCES OUR ALUMNI RACIAL JUSTICE FELLOWS
The PLTI of Alexandria Board of Directors is pleased to announce ten parent leaders selected today as our PLTI of Alexandria Alumni Racial Justice Fellows:
Angelia Hill - Youth Community Meetings
Bill Campbell -Drivers Licenses
Bill Cleveland - Recognize Overcome Racism Training
Jenny Gutierrez - Employee Nonpayment Claims
Jennifer Murphy - Bail Fund
Salma Ahamed - We Are Series
Sonnja Bennette-Brown - Divert Youth from VADOC
Victoria & Zania Morgan - Home Ownership Education
Zion Abebe - We Are Series
Zohreh Khoshnamak - Science Club Racism Survey
Our board is delighted to announce that a former Children’s Leadership Training Institute participant is also listed as an honorable mention for working in partnership with her mother! These amazing parent leader alumni fellows will help plan and facilitate the Alexandria People’s Assembly on Saturday November 5, 2022. — PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
Thanks to the generous support of the Horning Foundation, Black Women’s Roundtable Virginia, and Meyer Foundation, the alumni fellows will each receive a mini grant of $2000 to support their alumni advocacy and community building work combating anti-Black racism and advancing racial justice in Alexandria.
Registration opens for the Alexandria People’s Assembly, hosted by PLTI of Alexandria in October. Come join your neighbors as we continue to build on what our community started during the PLTI Alumni Race Equity Forum in 2019.
PLTI is working to promote racial justice through proximity, and people power. In 2018, the PLTI Alumni Association Race Equity Team created a policy evolution timeline that centers the work, and stands on the shoulders of Alexandria’s civil rights leaders drawing a connection between past and present policies impacting Alexandria families. This timeline also outlines the future advocacy required from our parent leaders and residents to create a racially equitable city. In May, 2019, the PLTI Alumni Association Race Equity Team hosted a sold out race equity forum. Sponsored by NPLI, the City of Alexandria, and ACT for Alexandria, 75 attendees engaged in a day of coalition building with city officials, ACPS staff, and community members.
Forum participants reviewed and provided feedback on the policy evolution timeline and also heard from PLTI alumni and experts in the field of race equity. This program included the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, facilitated by the American Indian Alaska Native Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on behalf of Natives in Philathropy’s Truth and Healing Movement work. The forum hosted Virginia Indigenous and Black history speakers Fredericka Joseph, Chair for the Society of American Indian Government Employee (SAIGE), and the late Nelson E. Greene, Jr., the son of Nelson Greene, one of Alexandria’s Civil Rights Leaders, known as the Concerned Citizens Network. We were also treated to additional local history remarks from Linwood Campbell, and the late James E. Henson, Sr.
Participants were asked the primary PLTI question "If you were to do one thing to create more racial justice in Alexandria, what would it be?" Participants self-selected into breakout groups that blended PLTI’s participant-led community projects into the eight areas of concern listed in the May 1968 Concerned Citizens Network letter written to the Alexandria City Council. The eight areas of racial injustice included housing, city employment, law enforcement and police protection, health and community upkeep, recreation, communication - and education. PLTI Alumni facilitated the forum and led breakout session conversations where participants began identifying possible solutions and collaborations.
There were 2 follow up assemblies prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, including a session dedicated to training alumni and residents to serve on city boards and commissions. The core 20-week class and the upcoming people’s assembly demonstrate how resident-led community building, organizing and engagement makes the City’s All Alexandria Resolution possible.
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