CANCELED: The Community Table: Appropriate Protest

Thursday, May 3, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM





Inspired by this year’s TEAMWestport Teen Essay Contest, The Community Table, our community conversations series explores the issue of appropriate political protest.

(This program was origianlly scheduled for April 10.) The focus of this year’s essay contest is the issue of 'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states, “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular. In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.” In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Community partner: TEAM Westport

“The Community Table,” our bi-monthly community conversation series, plants civil conversations in the public sphere around issues of culture, diversity and public policy. Each month, explore a broad range of topics with authors and experts. Then, we’ll break into small groups for facilitated conversations that take a deeper dive into those topics. The series aims to engage the community in meaningful conversations about the important cultural and political questions of the moment and to foster understanding and respect for and across our differences.

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