1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:07,950 Oh how many have you ever bought a book from beacon press wonderful beacon press 2 00:00:07,950 --> 00:00:12,570 has long been the UU's voice to the wider world and I'm happy to see that 3 00:00:12,570 --> 00:00:17,220 the press continues to do good work and to flourish and here to tell you about 4 00:00:17,220 --> 00:00:22,470 it this morning is beacons presses director Helen Atwan do you and come up 5 00:00:22,470 --> 00:00:34,649 and talk to us well thank you and talk about a hard act to follow that was the 6 00:00:34,649 --> 00:00:41,250 most inspiring the most electric speech I'm so proud to be the director of 7 00:00:41,250 --> 00:00:48,660 beacon press working with this dynamic and wonderful administration so it's a 8 00:00:48,660 --> 00:00:54,090 real privilege as always to report to you on the work of beacon press and like 9 00:00:54,090 --> 00:01:00,570 the entire Association we have also been very focused on confronting the systemic 10 00:01:00,570 --> 00:01:07,439 issue of white supremacy and working to dismantle it first I want to affirm that 11 00:01:07,439 --> 00:01:14,760 books do matter we're reaching a lot of people these are just two examples from 12 00:01:14,760 --> 00:01:21,299 our comprehensive social impact report which you can read on our website jumpin 13 00:01:21,299 --> 00:01:32,090 a little ahead here but oh I'm so sorry ok better yeah I'm so sorry 14 00:01:32,270 --> 00:01:39,299 sometimes our books work in ways we couldn't foresee like these two 15 00:01:39,299 --> 00:01:45,930 congressional interventions on gun violence and prison reform both issues 16 00:01:45,930 --> 00:01:52,979 of course which disproportionately impact communities of color beacon first 17 00:01:52,979 --> 00:01:59,509 published this book 25 years ago two years before I came to work as director 18 00:01:59,509 --> 00:02:05,549 after all that time we've managed to pull back all the rights that were 19 00:02:05,549 --> 00:02:10,530 licensed so we now have the hardcover paperback eBook 20 00:02:10,530 --> 00:02:18,030 the audiobook all with new material this book may be older than some of you 21 00:02:18,030 --> 00:02:24,660 listening to me but I promise it will speak to you as powerfully as it did to 22 00:02:24,660 --> 00:02:31,530 readers of all races and generations 25 years ago and Cornel West continues to 23 00:02:31,530 --> 00:02:36,540 be on the front lines in the fight for racial justice we just saw his photo 24 00:02:36,540 --> 00:02:43,830 with our president on the screen just a few minutes ago today we are seeking out 25 00:02:43,830 --> 00:02:49,590 new activists with new ideas and perspectives who have a lot to teach us 26 00:02:49,590 --> 00:02:56,100 about what true racial equity looks like and how we might achieve those goals in 27 00:02:56,100 --> 00:03:02,060 fact it was Cornel West who called out to us the work of Charlene Carruthers 28 00:03:02,060 --> 00:03:09,180 we're learning more about what it takes to build community to honor people and 29 00:03:09,180 --> 00:03:16,920 to find common ground in Krystle Fleming's memorable title we need to 30 00:03:16,920 --> 00:03:21,560 learn how to be less stupid about race 31 00:03:22,040 --> 00:03:28,470 we're examining closely what steps we need to take all of us to have more 32 00:03:28,470 --> 00:03:35,070 inclusive and equitable society in our churches in our workplaces and even in 33 00:03:35,070 --> 00:03:42,810 our friendship circles many of you have seen we can go on to Robyn D'Angelo in 34 00:03:42,810 --> 00:03:51,390 action and know the power of her ideas for the first time and for us she put 35 00:03:51,390 --> 00:03:57,329 those ideas into an accessible inexpensive book we couldn't bring her 36 00:03:57,329 --> 00:04:03,660 to Kansas City but we do have the book at the inspirit bookshop in the exhibit 37 00:04:03,660 --> 00:04:09,090 hall and we will try very hard to bring Robyn back for workshops at the next GA 38 00:04:09,090 --> 00:04:13,200 it's a really terrific book we're very very proud of it 39 00:04:13,200 --> 00:04:19,680 and we couldn't have done it without a big assist from uua staff one of beacons 40 00:04:19,680 --> 00:04:24,110 most celebrated stress is in pulling in putting a historic 41 00:04:24,110 --> 00:04:31,010 plans on current issues and reframing the master narrative these books look 42 00:04:31,010 --> 00:04:36,830 closely at the legacy of civil rights movements and at what we can learn from 43 00:04:36,830 --> 00:04:42,860 the outrages of our past the terrible and justices we visited on African 44 00:04:42,860 --> 00:04:50,470 Americans as in medical experimentation on slaves in the 1840s or the army 45 00:04:50,470 --> 00:04:57,110 hanging at Leavenworth all eight of the black soldiers on death row while all 46 00:04:57,110 --> 00:05:07,580 nine of the white soldiers were freed and this in the 1960s our author's work 47 00:05:07,580 --> 00:05:14,810 to surface that history to lift up those stories so we can learn from them and so 48 00:05:14,810 --> 00:05:22,850 we can learn how history teaches us to resist in the political arena and even 49 00:05:22,850 --> 00:05:30,770 on our playing fields many of you know our revision American history series on 50 00:05:30,770 --> 00:05:38,900 the next slide many of you know our revision american history series through 51 00:05:38,900 --> 00:05:44,600 writes there it is rocks and on borrowed teases revolutionary book and indigenous 52 00:05:44,600 --> 00:05:54,140 peoples history of the u.s. that book has now sold over 100,000 copies that's 53 00:05:54,140 --> 00:05:59,320 something to applaud 54 00:05:59,320 --> 00:06:04,820 these are the latest books in that series the Paul Ortiz was just published 55 00:06:04,820 --> 00:06:11,630 and the Dyna Barry Kelly gross is coming out later this year again appending the 56 00:06:11,630 --> 00:06:18,860 master narrative and while we focus on these urgent issues of racial equity 57 00:06:18,860 --> 00:06:24,770 we're also publishing books that address the full range of social justice issues 58 00:06:24,770 --> 00:06:30,950 that we're all concerned about part of the struggle for racial equity is the 59 00:06:30,950 --> 00:06:37,160 fight for economic justice workers rights good jobs and good pay and of 60 00:06:37,160 --> 00:06:43,160 course it all starts with our public schools and making sure all children are 61 00:06:43,160 --> 00:06:49,570 afforded a quality education not the Betsy DeVos vision of privatized 62 00:06:49,570 --> 00:06:56,360 religiously affiliated an even cyber charter school that have white supremacy 63 00:06:56,360 --> 00:07:04,070 built into their very fabric all the issues you see displayed here are part 64 00:07:04,070 --> 00:07:13,430 of building a just society so I give you these words from the Reverend Barbara we 65 00:07:13,430 --> 00:07:20,210 need you to stand up again to speak up again to come together again until 66 00:07:20,210 --> 00:07:29,180 justice is realized love is actualized hate is demoralized war is neutralized 67 00:07:29,180 --> 00:07:36,650 racism classism and religious bigotry is marginalized and the Beloved Community 68 00:07:36,650 --> 00:07:44,810 is actualized we have two powerful authors about to speak at workshops I 69 00:07:44,810 --> 00:07:51,620 hope you can join us at one of them and I want to say that we couldn't do this 70 00:07:51,620 --> 00:07:56,060 work without your support and the support of the UUA and the Veatch 71 00:07:56,060 --> 00:08:03,680 program at shelter Rock and for the past two decades we've been lucky enough to 72 00:08:03,680 --> 00:08:08,950 have Tom Hallock helping us guide our work daily 73 00:08:10,020 --> 00:08:13,590 Tom stand up 74 00:08:22,810 --> 00:08:29,570 in July he leaves us but not entirely he will be on our Board of Advisors we 75 00:08:29,570 --> 00:08:34,789 can't thank you enough and thank you all for listening and for supporting our 76 00:08:34,789 --> 00:08:44,999 work