Committee for Racial Justice presents:
Gathering to Uplift, Inform and Inspire During the Pandemic

Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 6:30pm -8:00 pm
Join CRJ by Zoom on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 6:30pm -8:00 pm

 Dear Committee for Racial Justice Family,

 Because we are experiencing so much physical isolation during these trying times, it is important that we find new ways of connecting with each other. So, although we cannot have our April workshop at Virginia Avenue Park as we usually do, we can and will have a workshop on Sunday, April 5, in the form of a Zoom conference. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and close at around 8.  More Zoom information will be sent to you in the next email.
Although we will have updates on some current CRJ related issues, this meeting is being planned with two main goals in mind:

  1. To provide a “space” within which we can check in with each other about how we are faring during this crisis. We will aim to give each other moral support and share information about available resources.


  1.  Simply to lift each other’s spirits in a variety of ways. There will be uplifting musical selections, and there will be centering and grounding activities that will help us access sources of strength, hope, and courage that lie both within us and beyond us.

Two amazing community leaders will serve as our primary guides for the evening.
It is hard to imagine anyone more richly qualified to help us nurture and strengthen the interpenetrating realms of community and iinner self than our special guest, Alisa Orduna. On the one hand, Alisa has been on the frontline of homelessness and social services for nearly two decades in the cities of Los Angeles, Philadelphia and, now, Santa Monica. She served as Los Angeles Director of Homelessness Policy, and she is now Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Homelessness for the City of Santa Monica. On the other hand, she is a passionate explorer of a variety of soul-strengthening, healing modalities. Alisa has her master’s degree in a field that needs multiple words to describe it: “Depth Psychology, Community, Liberation, Eco-Psychology;” and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in this field at Pacific University. She describes herself as being interested in “racial equity, homelessness, African traditional religions, Divine Feminine Intelligence, Indigenous practices, and decolonization of being.” She knows that the healing and uplifting of community and the healing and uplifting of individuals must go hand and hand.  Welcome, Alisa!
Our second guide will be our own Rev. Janet McKeithen, Janet is minister of the Church in Ocean Park and a member of the steering committee of the Committee for Racial Justice. She is a phenomenal spiritual and social justice leader, whose field of compassionate influence on behalf of racial justice, as well as social justice more generally, includes and also stretches far beyond the confines of Santa Monica.
The CRJ steering committee looks forward to talking with and seeing many of you next Sunday, April 5th, on Zoom.

Also, if you haven’t yet signed our paper petition or gone online to register your support for a request from CRJ and CPR (Santa Monica Coalition for Police Reform) for our police department to remove officer Navarro from his current assignment as Pico Neighborhood Resource officer, please go on this link now -          -                to learn more about this issue and sign on if you agree.