YWCA Greater Cleveland

It's Time to Talk



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Friday, February 23, 2018
8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center

More than 1,300 men and women have participated in conversations about race, discrimination, unconscious bias, and cultural competency in our community through It's Time to Talk.

Unfortunately, these important discussions are becoming harder to have. After the polarizing 2016 presidential election, the Southern Poverty Law Center noticed a dramatic jump in hate violence and incidents of harassment and intimidation around the country. Sadly, we routinely see these stories on the nightly news and across social media. It is our hope that It's Time to Talk can create a safe space to engage with multiple voices and embrace the reality of multiple perspectives. After the event, the real work begins, as our community shares, works, and learns together.


SCHEDULE, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Powerful keynote speakers, Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee
Small group conversations about race & racism 
Discuss action steps that you can take
Lunch and networking
Next steps to create change 


Would you like to sponsor It's Time to Talk?

The proceeds from this event will directly support YWCA Greater Cleveland's ongoing efforts to stand up for social justice, host workshops and conversations about race, and join existing efforts that support our mission of eliminating racism.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor It's Time to Talk
please fill out and return the form below to Christine Kohls, Director of Development

Scan and email form to ckohls@ywcaofcleveland.org
or call 216.881.6878 for more information.

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About our Featured Speakers: Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee

Andrews Collins was a police officer with the Benton Harbor Police Department for nearly 5 years until he resigned due to an investigation for misconduct and then served 18 months in federal prison for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

Jameel Zookie McGee was in the process of opening his own business when he was arrested by Collins on false drug charges. He was sentenced to 10 years and served four years in federal prison until his case was overturned when Collins admitted to falsifying evidence.

After being released, both men worked together at Café Mosaic, a coffee shop and community development program in Benton Harbor. Now Collins works as a staff associate for Young Life South West Michigan and McGee is part of Americorps working directly for E.S.S. Emergency Shelter Services, where he assists the homeless in finding housing. Their story has been featured on CBS Evening News, the Steve Harvey Show, and the documentary film "Walking While Black." Mcgee and Collins regularly speak together at universities, schools, churches, and civic organizations about their path to forgiveness and friendship.

Their newly-released book, Convicted, tells the incredible story of Andrew and Jameel. "As current as today's headlines, this explosive, true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation." - Amazon description


This program is supported by grant number 2017-VOCA-43552111
awarded by the Ohio Attorney General's office.
Victims of Federal Crime will be served.




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