JustStories Events

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The JustStories Storytelling Festival was produced for ten years in the Chicago area. Professional storytellers led audiences of schools students, teachers and adults in powerful stories about race and diversity. Facilitation among the audience were an important part of these gatherings. Organization of this project was by interfaith and local schools and agencies in Chicago and suburbs. The last of these festivals was produced on Facebook. Be creative and adapt these ideas for your own school or organization.

 

2013 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2012 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2011 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2010 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2009 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2008 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2007 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2006 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2005 JustStories Festival (PDF)

2003-04 JustStories Festivals (PDF)

Event Archives: COR (Catholic Schools Opposing Racism)

COR (Catholic Schools Opposing Racism) which was a program for catholic high school students from across the suburbs and city of Chicago. Browse the outlines of these programs, themes and gatherings. Be creative and adapt these ideas for your own school or organization.

Programs 2000-2006

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The theme for this year is seeing. At each event we will focus on the ways we view others and ourselves through the lens and prism of race. The Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of Illinois “Moving Beyond Racism: Learning to See with the Eyes of Christ” inspires this year’s program.

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The last C.O.R. supper of the year was held at Queen of Peace High School in Burbank, IL on Tuesday, March 27, 2001. This final supper of the 2000-2001 C.O.R. series Voices That Challenge focused on diminishing the negative consequences of having groups in school communities. Given the recurrence of school violence in the last few weeks, students were eager to discuss the groups at their own schools, how those groups can foster inclusion and exclusion and the feelings that being excluded can engender in students.

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The third C.O.R. event of the year was held at the International Conference Center (ICC) in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, February 24, 2001. Uptown is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, with over 60

languages spoken in the local high school, no dominant ethnic group, people from all socio-economic strata and a third of the residents born in countries other than the United States.

Each walk took students to a different location, at which they saw a presentation either by Mehrdad Azemun, a community organizer with the Organization of the North East (O.N.E.).

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Dec 2, 2000

Georgie Torres Reyes introduces

C.O.R. attendees through means to reach our congregation.

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Oct 16, 2000

Voices that Challenge

Andrew Lyke shows us three major points of Recovery from Racism today.

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Celebrating the C.O.R. doors we’ve opened during the Jubilee Year.

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Photo Gallery of COR Suppers


SYSTEMIC STORIES: INSTITUTIONAL RACISM March 23, 2002

STORIES THAT HURT: INTERNALIZED RACISM February 20, 2002

STORIES THAT SING: COR CONCERT January 30, 2002

SOUL STORIES: INDIVIDUAL RACISM December 1, 2001

STORIES THAT DIVIDE, STORIES THAT UNITE October 10, 2001

RAISING OUR VOICES IN OUR SCHOOL March 27, 2001

RAISING OUR VOICES IN OUR COMMUNITY February 24, 2001

RAISING OUR VOICES IN OUR CHURCH December 3, 2000

RAISING OUR VOICES IN OUR FAMILIES October 16, 2000