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RARE

Up coming meeting:

Last Wednesday of the month at 6 PM in zoom.

Anti-Racist action, accountability & co-learning group for all people in Central Sierra, Northern California.

Striving to build a cohesive, intercultural rural community where all people feel visible and welcome.

We always welcome new attendees! Contact us by email or (209)256-8166.

“Change is only a good thing if you change in a good way.” – Malcolm X

Resources:
Black History Bootcamp
Scaffolded Anti-Racism Resources
Anti-Racism Project Resources
Harvard’s Project Implicit

Founder-Facilitators

Dr. Betz Arroyo

Betzaida Betz” Arroyo (pronouns: She/They/He/Any) holds Doctor of Organizational Management degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Business Administration, with a Human Resources concentration from Western New England College, and a Bachelor of Administration in Human Resources from St. Leo College. Betz’s academic and professional interests are in the areas of fraud; diversity, inclusion, equity, and access; corporate culture and ethics; and organizational behavior and leadership. Betz is an Air Force veteran with over 17 years in the health-care industry working in the areas of Finance and Contracts and Program Integrity. For the past 12 years, Betz has focused on identifying fraud, waste, and abuse cases within Medi-Cal (Medicaid) as Program Integrity Operations Manager. They currently works for Optum, a United Health Care company, where they is supported by a team of Program Integrity Analysts and Data Scientists.

Colonel James Armstead

Dr. James Armstead, Jr., “Jim” (pronouns: he/him/his)
Dr. J. Holmes Armstead Jr. is a retired professor of Strategy and International law from the US Naval War College. He has taught international law, strategy and national security policy for nearly 50 years. Professor Armstead has served on faculties at Stanford University, Pepperdine University, the University of California, the University of Nevada, Southern University the US Naval Postgraduate School, Lewis University, the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. He has also lectured at the British Joint Services Staff College and taught as a visiting professor at the Universite d’ Pau in France and as an exchange professor at Richmond College at the University of London. He has lectured at senior staff colleges in Poland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Estonia and Malawi.as well as the US Army War College, and at military academies in the United States, Poland, Ukraine and South Africa.. Jim has served as a research associate at the RAND Corp which sponsored his dissertation “Lightweight Power Projection” and has been Chief of Staff to a Member of Congress. Working for the Department of Defense he served on negotiation teams enlarging NATO with the accession of Poland, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Jim has assisted in drafting constitutional reforms in Montenegro, South Africa, Poland, the Congo, and Estonia and has served Of Counsel to the American Bar Association Office of Human Rights and served legal adviser to the US – Canadian Acid Rain Treaty negotiations. Jim resides in Jackson, California and continues to write, lecture, and perform Chautauqua characters..

Meghan O'Keefe

Meghan Joy “mojo” O’Keefe (pronouns: they/them/theirs) served on the steering committee for the national network “White Advocates for Racial Equity” (AKA “WARE”) with the National Guild for Community Arts Education from 2018 to March 2021. O’Keefe’s life mission is to advance freedom of expression in rural communities. Part of that work includes an ongoing commitment to exploring, investigating, and interrogating what it means to be rural White, in an effort to identify how rural White people can take responsibility to dismantle systems of racism and White Privilege embedded in our communities, government, and culture. To learn about WARE click HERE

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