1962 Fighting the Good Fight
In 1962 the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities (CICTC) was able to push forward with important educational efforts with K-12 schools and through film showings. Their fight to provide clothing and furniture for Native Americans continued. The newsletters also provide insight into the organization's regular events such as the annual picnic, Human Rights Workshop, and a 4th-anniversary celebration.
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February's Branches brought news of the CICTC showing "The Chosen People" from the NBC television series "Prejudice USA" on February 22nd, a review of Senator McCarthy's talk at St. Mark's Auditorium in St. Paul, and news of a successful "Indian clothing lift". Most notable was distressing news that the St. Paul Port Authority was making plans to clear Riverview or "Old West Side" for an industrial park, noting unfair property appraisals and no relocation assistance. The Authority planned to have the space cleared by September, giving an unreasonably quick turnaround time for residents.
April's Branches includes news of Martin De Porres' upcoming canonization, and the upcoming human relations institute. Work continues on collecting clothing and furniture for Native Americans. An announcement is also made of the CICTC's second family party.
In October the CICTC jointly advertised an event to bring congressional candidates together to discuss important civil rights issues. The CICTC also kept extremely busy planning events including several K-12 human relations days, the 4th annual Human Rights Workshop (at St. Catherine University), general meetings, and their annual picnic.
Think about . . .
Standing up for yourself or others is a scary and brave thing to do.
- Describe a time when you experienced or witnessed bullying. What did you do, or what would you do differently, to resolve the bullying?
- What simple change can you make to help everyone in your community feel more included, loved, and respected?