MaldenCORE conversation series

Pictured on left, Daniel StrongWalker Thomas of the Global Initiative for Indigenous Advancement, Inc. (photo from GIAI website). On right, Malden CORE's 4th Wednesday conversation - pre-pandemic (Photo by Susan Margot Ecker)

MaldenCORE will hold a series of 4th Wednesday Conversations beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6:45 pm with a presentation by Daniel StrongWalker Thomas, Traditional Chief of the Delaware Nation (Anadarko Okla.), Lenape People, and a descendant of the Oneida People (of Green Bay,Wisc).  The topic for discussion will be Indigenous social justice issues. Due to the pandemic, the conversation series is online.

Thomas serves as the President of the Board of Directors and Chief Servant Leader of Global Initiative for Indigenous Advancement, Inc. (GIIA).  As Keeper of Fire for GIAA, he believes that the concentration on the four pillars of social, health, education, and economic status will help generate the overall wellbeing of Indigenous People worldwide.  When he attended Salem State University he was awarded the Charlotte Forten Distinguished Scholar Award and was a member of the honors society.

MaldenCORE, Malden Community Organizing for Racial Equity, hosts 4th Wednesday Conversations, community gatherings for community members, to learn about and confront systemic racism. Speakers introduce topics and then participants break into fall groups to share personal experiences, learn together and generate ideas and plans for change-making at the local level. 

Past topics include social justice issues and systemic racism in housing, education, the criminal justice system, and healthcare. Next month the topic will be on policing.

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