Diversity and Racial Justice

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To join the Diversity and Racial Justice Committee, please send an email to Committee Chair Teddi Silverman at info@ncjwsf.org. We hope you will join us in these important efforts!


October 17, 2023
5:30pm – 6:30pm

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As attacks on transgender rights and freedoms increase across the nation, is the Bay Area providing a safe and nurturing space for its transgender community? What strategies are Bay Area leaders and activists using to secure rights for local transgender people, particularly transgender youth? Please join us for a panel discussion with local leaders who strive to make the Bay Area a safe place for transgender people.

Featured speakers:

Pau Crego, Executive Director of the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives

Honey Mahogany, District Director for Assemblymember Matt Haney and Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party

Rick Oculto, Education Programs Manager of Our Family Coalition

Maceo Perrson, Board Chair of the San Francisco LGBT Center and Special Projects Manager of the City and County of San Francisco – Human Services Agency

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February 27, 2023
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Via Zoom

Now more than ever, we are reminded of the critical need for police reform. At the same time the public is fearful of crime. How do we address police reform in a progressive region such as the Bay Area? In this timely and thought-provoking panel discussion, Bay Area experts discussed the efforts towards police reform in an economically and racially diverse area and the types of obstacles blocking systemic change.

Our featured speakers included:

Chief Susan E. Manheimer (Ret.) 
Former chief of police for San Mateo and Oakland


John L. Burris

Attorney at law


Diana Rosenstein
Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability



March 1, 2022
5:30pm – 6:45pm

Via Zoom

We presented this lively and thought provoking panel discussion with Bay Area experts to learn about the critical need for criminal justice reform. We expanded our knowledge of challenges and successes in shaping local policies and reform strategies.

Our featured speakers were:

The Honorable LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
California Superior Court Judge (Ret.)
Former Police Auditor for the City of San Jose

Chesa Boudin
San Francisco District Attorney

Otis R. Taylor, Jr.
Supervising Senior Editor of Race and Equity at KQED 

Tanzanika Carter 
Assistant Sheriff for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office 

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June 3, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Via Zoom

On june 3, NCJW and broader Bay Area community members had a special opportunity to hear from two mothers whose sons’ precious lives had been tragically taken away by police shootings.  We listened to the mothers and learned how we can help prevent other senseless killings by supporting  the work of their foundations and urging for immediate police reform.

This special program included:

Opening Address by
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 13th District of California

Discussion by our featured speakers

Rev. Wanda Johnson ~ BIOmother of Oscar Grant

Rev. Wanda Johnson is CEO of The Oscar Grant Foundation, a 501(c)3, that helps at-risk youth, grieving families, students support and enrichment, education, and hunger. Johnson has become an amplified voice of empathy and compassion for individuals seeking justice, grieving, and healing from innocent lost lives by hands of law enforcement. Her beloved only son Oscar Grant III was shot and killed by an Oakland Bart transit officer on January 1, 2009.

Jeralynn Blueford~BIOmother of Alan Blueford

Jeralynn Q. T. Brown-Blueford is the Co-Director of the “ALAN BLUEFORD CENTER 4 JUSTICE,” which was born out of the tragic death of Jeralynn’s youngest son, Alan. On May 6, 2012,  an Oakland police officer shot  in the back and killed 18-year old Alan Blueford, a student at Skyline High School.

Moderated  by
Pastor Mike McBride


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Stuart Robinson, featured speaker

Proactive Anti-bias Seminar

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Via Zoom
5:30 PM 7:00 PM

The NCJW San Francisco Racial Justice and Diversity Committee presents:
A Non-Judgmental and Inspiring Talk about Unconscious Bias and its Impact

On December 9, NCJW members and fellows gathered for an educational and proactive seminar providing insights, perspectives and solutions and strategies to achieve greater racial equity and understanding. Presented to communities across the nation, this seminar gives you tools and data upon which you can contribute to a healthier racial culture. We were deeply moved by the inspiring presentation of the featured speaker:

Stuart K Robinson
Motivational Speaker, Career Coach and Educator
CEO & Co-Owner of Brady, Brannon and Rich Talent Agency

Author of the popular book, “It All Begins With I”, Stuart K Robinson is CEO/Partner of Brady, Brannon & Rich Talent. He is a nationally known motivational speaker and is widely regarded as one of Los Angeles’ top acting instructors. Stuart has supplied voices for over 300 film/animated projects and has appeared in countless television commercials, most notably in a three-year stint as Fruit of the Loom’s Purple Grapes. In addition to appearing in Broadway, Off Broadway and regional theater productions, he has directed, written/composed many musical theater and solo show productions.

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Diversity in the jewish community 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

In this training, we looked at our social justice activism through a racial equity lens and got a deeper understanding o our Jewish history and identity in the United States. We expanded our knowledge about Jews of Color.

Our featured speaker was 
Lindsey Newman 
Director of Community Engagement of Be’chol Lashon
Board Member of NCJW San Francisco