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Systemic racism is major topic of new social justice group


Systemic racism is one of a myriad of issues an emerging social justice group plans to tackle in New Bern and Eastern North Carolina.

Creating and Sustaining Equity of New Bern – CASE – is the result of summer discussions by Craven Community College sociology teacher Caitlin Trombley, her husband Robert and five young professional women in town – Kelly Rogers, Bailey Evans, Niki Potter, JoAnna Wishon, and Heather Guthrie.

The conversations evolved into the decision to create a nonprofit action group and get real answers.

“Our mission is to eliminate inequality and build a more equitable community by providing education, training, assistance and supportive resources to the area,” said Trombley, who along with her husband, are New Bern natives.

CASE is still working on attaining its official nonprofit status, but the founding members are ready to roll as far as presenting live, small-group workshops exploring long-standing minority issues.

Trombley said finding a workshop location is one of the group’s challenges, an effort that has been hindered by COVID-19 and its restrictions.“We are also ready to offer workshops to businesses and groups,” she said.Heather Guthrie, a clinical therapist in New Bern since 2017, joined the CASE efforts because she sees racial justice and equity […]

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