When asked why residents should attend IMPACT Now!, Dr. David Rotenstein replied, "It’s important because racism is pervasive, and healthy communities must confront it and manage it to achieve equity.”
Dr. David Rotenstein is a Silver Spring historian and a panelist at IMPACT Now! 2017, which will take place on May 4th. Each year this community-wide convening brings together hundreds of people to lift up a shared vision of a thriving multi-cultural community. For 2017, IMPACT Now! focuses on two of the root causes that negatively impact achieving this vision--historical and structural racism.
This year’s interactive event will feature keynote remarks from Dr. Yanique Redwood, President and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities to advance the health and well-being of low income communities and communities of color. Dr. Redwood’s remarks will explore the ways that structural and institutional racism show up in society, and meaningful steps we can take to advance equity.
Following the keynote address will be a panel discussion and small group dialogues. Panelists include the aforementioned Dr. Rotenstein, Marice Morales (member, Maryland House of Delegates, District 19), and Ronnie Galvin (Senior Adviser, Center for Community Change). The panel—moderated by Dr. Redwood—will discuss the significance of history, culture, and levels of consciousness in constructing and sustaining unjust systems and institutions; and ideas for creating a more equitable future together.
As always, IMPACT Now! will feature music, food from local vendors, English/Spanish interpretation, and childcare. The event is free, but space is limited. Click here to register today!
Audacity of Hoops 2017
The Audacity of Hoops 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is almost upon us once again. IMPACT Silver Spring, in cooperation with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Office of Council Member Tom Hucker and the Silver Spring Civic Building are partnering on this year's event which will be held in the heart of downtown Silver Spring at Veterans Plaza on May 20 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be brackets for middle school and high school youth, including teams from IMPACT Sports.Over the past six years, hundreds of young people have convened to play basketball-- but with a purpose. That purpose is to raise the need for increased funding and support for more positive recreation and youth development resources in the county. The Audacity of Hoops Event serves as a visible platform that has kept this issue on the front burner with our County policy makers. Please join us on May 20 and cheer on our youth.