Although the United States is often referred to as a “nation of immigrants” or a “melting pot,” many immigrants are not treated as equals. Moreover, immigrants are often questioned about their cultural belonging, allegiance, English-language skills, and other areas.
PB&J, which stands for Party, Benefit, & Jam, is a nonprofit that raises awareness and money for other nonprofits through events. PB&J Jam Sessions are a series of talks to address systemic issues that keep Jacksonville divided at the most fundamental levels.
The Jam Sessions cover four themes where disparities are felt perhaps the most intensely. The intersectionality of these four areas of discrimination underscores the ways racism, sexism, and other inequalities work together to undermine us all.
The first of the Jam Sessions on February 21 focused on race (https://facebook.com/events/102774687192102/
The second event about women took place on May 10 (https://facebook.com/events/1717774638303372/
The fourth event will focus on children and take place on October 18.
PB&J is partnering with the Jessie Ball duPont Center (40 E. Adams St.) on this series of talks by holding four Jam Sessions there in 2018. The talks will feature speakers from throughout the community as well as members of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.
Jam Sessions introduce and educate attendees about the disparities that exist in our community, then give participants the tools to change these inherent problems by inviting them to volunteer for or donate to organizations working in those areas. Jam Sessions are fast-paced presentations where each speaker gets 20 slides at 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. Six to eight speakers will be featured at each event.
PB&J is also partnering with The Florida Times-Union
Editorial Page, which is publishing a story about each topic before the four quarterly events.
If you are interested in applying to speak at the Jam Sessions, please contact [email protected]
to receive a short questionnaire.