IndyCAN E-newsletter, September 2015 issue




Season of Encounter has thousands of people talking. Next step: Plan how to share what we've learned.

By the end of September, 29 Indianapolis-area congregations will have held sacred conversations on race and faith with about 2,200 individuals of varied religious, racial and economic backgrounds. Through one-on-one conversations and housewide gatherings, Season of Encounter has ignited a community-wide dialogue about how families are impacted by structures that produce racialized outcomes.

For example, blacks and whites use drugs at the same rate, but 74 percent of those convicted of drug crimes are African American.

Two moving experiences from Season of Encounter:

"As a white woman raising a black son, I was shocked to learn how different the world is for black and white boys. I remember when my son got his driver's liscence. He was so excited. After Trayvon Martin was killed, I remember sitting him down and telling him he needed to be extra careful. You can't imagine how it feels to tell your child that he might not be safe, just because of the color of his skin. I want people to know that I am a mother who loves my children, too."

– A member of Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral


"I grew up in Mississippi, in the segregated south, where we were in daily struggle for civil rights. I never imagined I would see the day where whites and blacks would sit together talking openly about race. I learned that all of our families are hurt by holding up an ideal that none of us can reach. I am full of hope to commit to work across race and faith lines to build an Indianapolis of Opportunity for All."

– A member of Bethel AME Church

The energy continues!

Join us at our Sept. 1 Leadership Assembly to plan how we will share what we learned with mayoral candidates and criminal justice leaders – including Marion County Sheriff John Layton and a United States district attorney.


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Indianapolis delegation travels to Ferguson to stand with city in prayer and protest

One year after the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., PICO National Network and delegations of clergy and community leaders from around the country gathered to uplift the work of prophetic hope and healing in a city torn apart by a political and social climate that belies black humanity.

PICO led the Week of Righteous Resistance (WORR), a physical and spiritual protest against police brutality, against black and brown lives being overlooked and against discrimination and marginalization of people of color. Trainings centered around wrestling with principalities and powers that manifest themselves in racial prejudice, systemic evil and violence.

Rev. Juard Barnes, IndyCAN community organizer, was among the delegates to Ferguson for the WORR, and recalls a particularly powerful experience from the week:

As were leaving training one day, right next door, we witnessed seven police vehicles descend on four young black men who were congregated in the parking lot. One of our team members was a former assistant chief of police in the city of Oakland who noted countless violations of civil rights and police procedure. We were shocked to bear witness, a year after the events that had occured in Ferguson, and see police still not properly trained.

Eight delegates attended from Indianapolis, representing thousands committed to change. The weeklong event encouraged and reminded our leaders that we have entered a movement of resistance that encourages all people to stand for racial equity. Together, we can build power to change these policies and practices, in Indianapolis and across the nation.

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IndyCAN applauds new transit routes!

The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) announced in August that it now offers two shuttles, Monday through Friday, linking IndyGo's Marion County network with nearby Whitestown and Plainfield.

The North Plainfield Connector makes five stops, including at Adesa and Allpoints Midwest industrial park. The Whitestown Connector stops in the Traders Point Shopping Center and Allpoints at Anson industrial park, making five stops in all.

The new routes connect Indianapolis residents with large employers, including Amazon, Express Scripts, GNC, Walmart e-Commerce Fulfillment Center and more, offering new transportation options for thousands of current and new employees.

IndyCAN worked to lift up the need to expand mass transit in 2014. Because of you, IndyCAN leaders, we are able to celebrate these new tickets to opportunity!

IndyCAN applauds CIRTA for expanding opportunities for people to get to work, a step toward creating economic equity for central Indiana.

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Take the Implicit Bias Test

More than 85 percent of Americans consider themselves to be unprejudiced, but scientists have discovered that much of the work our brain does occurs at the subconscious level. So while most people do not believe they hold any racial prejudices, the majority of them do - without even knowing it.

The Implicit Bias Test is a fascinating look into the subconscious. Take the Implicit Bias Race Test (choose the Race IAT when given an option) today to gain some insight into your own brain's subconscious bias.

Find more resources on faith and race here.

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Do you want a career that can change the world?

We are currently looking for professionals to support grassroots social change.

Bilingual Community Organizer

Bilingual Spanish/English required

The community organizer engages people of faith and congregations to deepen their prophetic ministries. He or she will oversee Indiana's multi-faith movement to uphold the dignity of families and end criminalization of immigrants and people of color. A great candidate will have a true desire to reform local, state and national policies for the betterment of all people.

The ideal candidate is highly experienced, energized, self-motivated and dedicated to promoting racial, economic and social equity. He or she should have a track record of building bridges across cultures, especially among immigrants, African Americans and the working poor.

A successful organizer will have:

  • A passion for changing people's lives and communities
  • Respect and belief in all people
  • Anger at injustice
  • An understanding of power
  • A comfort with faith
  • Self-awareness of one's own barriers

Read more about what it takes to be a successful community organizer.

Read the complete job description and apply online.


Operations Manager/Executive Assistant

Bilingual Spanish/English preferred

A great candidate for this position will be experienced in handling a wide range of organizational support services, including administrative, information technology, database, finance and fundraising, human resources and communications.

Read the complete job description and apply online.

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Register for the Sept. 1 Leadership Assembly

See the full calendar listing in list/event-type view or month-at-a-glance view.