Groups to present ‘Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity’

Saturday, February 22, 2020
3:00 pm—5:00 pm
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside CA 93955

The public is invited.  Free admission.
RSVP at Eventbrite.

About this Event:

Cracking the Codes is a World Trust film written, directed, and produced by Dr. Shakti Butler.  Dialogue is a crucial step in dismantling the dynamics of race-based social and economic disparities, yet conversation around race is often hard to navigate.  Dr. Butler designed the film to deepen the national conversation on race by stimulating authentic conversation around the causes and consequences of systemic inequity.   The film screening will be interwoven with dialogue facilitated by Whites for Racial Equity co-founders, Sue Parris and JT Mason.  The public is invited to join the conversation at this free event.  RSVP in advance at Eventbrite.  Light refreshments.

“In the U.S., race –more than any other demographic factor– determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. This film reveals a self-perpetuating system of inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity”– World Trust.   Read more about the film at

Co-hosted by the YWCA of Monterey County, National Coalition Building Institute of Monterey County, Whites for Racial Equity, and Monterey Peace and Justice Center.

Co-sponsored by: Natividad Medical Foundation, Macy’s, Central Coast Federal Credit Union,  Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, and the Hearts and Minds program, a project of the YWCA of Monterey County.

About the Facilitators:
Sue Parris is Chapter Director of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Monterey County Chapter and Regional Director for NCBI in the Western United States.  She has provided consulting for over 25 years to government and nonprofit organizations on racial and social equity issues, improving organizational equity and inclusion practices, and facilitating conflict resolution.  She is a co-founder of Whites for Racial Equityand currently serves on WRE’s Steering Committee. 

JT Mason is a long-time community organizer. She is a co-founder and Steering Committee member of Whites for Racial Equity, a group focusing on anti-racism work.

Joe Livernois

About Joe Livernois

Joe Livernois has been a reporter, editor and columnist in Monterey County for 35 years.