Friday, March 21, 2008

Dialogue Anyone?

On Tuesday of this past week, Barack Obama gave a powerful speech on racism. It got a lot of people talking about a subject that is too often swept under the rug. People talking about these issues can hopefully lead to a greater understanding of the community around us. If you are as passionate about this subject matter as I am and no one in your office cares to listen to you, then you need an outlet to speak about these issues. Boston Dialogues may be the venue for you

A couple of years ago I was referred to the Boston Dialogues. This was an organization that was started by one man who wanted to get people from all different age, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in Boston to start talking about some of these tough issues. There was a small group of 10-15 of us who met at a school in our neighborhood, one night per week, for four weeks. Everyone was really honest and open, which really helped the process and almost everyone had something they wanted to get off his/her chest.

It was a great learning experience for me and I met many people in my neighborhood, some with which I am still in contact with and consider my friends. What I took away from it is how lasting the effects of any sort of discrimination are, and that there is a lot we can learn from each other.

A new dialogue session begins Wednesday, March 26 and will meet for four consecutive Wednesdays, until April 16. All dialogue sessions will meet from 6:30-8:30pm. Register online or call 617-318-1257.

Come on Boston - let's start talking!

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