How Baha’is Build Communities to Fight Racism and Violence | Syda Segovia Taylor

In this talk, produced by, inner-city Chicago activist leader Syda Segovia Taylor shares how she lost four of her students to gun violence and in this riveting talk, she organizes for a path toward healing. To heal the illnesses of her community, Taylor discusses how she brought a range of concerned organizations together to address racism, violence and mental health, applying the Baha’i teachings to capacity-building for individuals, organizations and institutions in her neighborhood. 

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You can also listen to our blogcast with Rainn Wilson where he interviews Payam Zamani, co-founder of

You may also be interested in our blogcast episode with Joy DeGruy, whom Syda refers to in her talk. Here is the link: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 10: Joy DeGruy

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In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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