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The mission of the Anti-Racism Task Force of TTN Long Island will be anchored in respect for and interest in all women of Long Island and Eastern Queens, the Greater New York Metropolitan area, and nationwide membership, as well as commitment to growth, progress, inclusion, and diversity. The Task Force will remain flexible in the development of TTN’s philosophy, actions, and activities, while adhering to this mission.
In line with those expectations, the Anti-Racism Task Force will:
● Be available to assist all LI TTN groups to consider programs and activities that address systemic racism to raise awareness and to encourage inclusiveness.
● Provide opportunities for learning and engagement.
● Collaborate with the chapter to work towards expanding the diversity of TTN membership.
● Cooperate with National TTN and collaborate with other TTN chapters in the development of membership.
In addition, the Task Force will:
  • Present relevant chapter- wide programs offering members the opportunity for exploration and learning.
  • Develop a local resource page for our website.
  • Provide resources for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Peer Groups. These may include, but not be limited to:
● Multi-media suggestions (books, news/journal articles, films, videos, podcasts, etc.)
● Museums and exhibitions related to learning about various cultures
● Information about relevant activities in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area that members may join
Karen Ehrlich at
Nella Yelenovic at
Anti-Racism Task Force Bulletin
Volume 1, No. 1
Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, organizations, businesses, groups, and individuals began a deep and pointed self-examination. This introspection and call to action reached TTN chapters across the country. Boston members led the movement by locating and engaging in a program through a church in their region designed to examine and address white privilege. The Boston Chapter added to this curriculum and offered
to facilitate and teach this 7- session Understanding Whiteness program to TTN members across the nation. This evolved into the recurring nationally sponsored TTN workshop,
Unpacking Whiteness: A First Step Toward Anti-Racism.
TTN Chapters have responded in a variety of ways, including our Long Island Chapter. A Black Long Island TTN member and a number of white Long Island TTN members who completed the Unpacking Whiteness workshop were brought together by our chapter’s leadership to form the original Anti-Racism Task Force. Our mission, goals and objectives are available on the chapter web site at:
The Anti-Racism Task Force will be contacting SIG and peer group facilitators to discuss enhancement of our activities. The Task Force will also arrange activities and educational experiences, and compile various resources. We will gear us towards multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion within our TTN chapter. We will continue to collaborate with National and other TTN chapters.
We hope our members will benefit from this video documentary, A Concerto is a Conversation, from Executive Producer, Ava DuVernay. Ms. DuVernay stated in an interview, “It doesn’t take you a long time to watch, but it will stay with you for a long time.”
We look forward to expanding our worldview together.
Anti-Racism Task Force Bulletin
Volume 1, No. 2
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th, the Anti-Racism Task Force is pleased to present the following options for your enjoyment and cultural expansion.
Watch this 11-minute TED x Deerfield Talk:
What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States
Fernanda Ponce provides a first person account of identity--addressing stereotypes and assumptions, and inviting the audience to dig deeper into the Latinx experience in the United States. Fernanda addresses the role of Latinx people in shaping the culture, politics, and economy of the USA. Fernanda was born and raised in Chicago, IL by Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up constantly surrounded by the large and diverse Hispanic and Latino community. Fernanda proudly identifies as a part of this community as a Latina, Hispanic, and Mexican American. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
A slice of life, “Street Food: Latin America”. 
It’s not just about the food. The series of six episodes is available on Netflix.  
Sample the trailer below
 “A Tale of Two Kitchens”
Also on Netflix, this is an engrossing tale which traverses our Southern border with Mexico. 
See the trailer below.
Here’s a PBS presentation on Rita Moreno. 
Moreno, who was born in Puerto Rico in 1931, is one of the few artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She has won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USA’s highest civilian honor. In 2015, she was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor for her contribution to American culture through performing arts. She was awarded the Peabody Career Achievement Award in 2019.
Looking for a good book for your book club? 
Consider House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.
If you’re interested in learning more about Hispanic Heritage, delve into this site.
Questions and comments for the Anti-Racism Task Force are encouraged, and may be directed to Karen Ehrlich at
and Nella Yelenovic at

Material from, 02:01:14 October 21, 2021.
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