Making connections at the CERD review

By Alfeia DeVaughn Goodwin
No Front Lines, a Philadelphia based support group for Veterans who have transitioned into the workforce.

The day began with the excitement of knowing we would be received at Palais Wilson for the CERD opening session. Many of us utilized the evening as somewhat of a crystallizing moment, transforming our thinking from journey to arrival. Geneva is quite an interesting place layered with decades of thinking, planning, and art. Everyone appears entrenched with not only their issue but the issues of others and how these matters intertwine and eventually began to involve one another. On the way to Palias Wilson I met an amazing person among the plethora of amazing people. Chanravy Proeung of Providence Rhode Island (Southside-west), who serves as Co-Director of 'Providence Youth Student Movement,' engaged me in conversation about her work and what it entails. The Providence Youth Student Movement is focused on creating a provision of support for their target population of young people in Southeast Asian communities of Providence Rhode Island. When reflecting on the history and resiliency of student movements in my hometown of Philadelphia, I can guesstimate that the Providence Youth Student Movement is the trend-tracking ticket in town. Chanravy is an advocate for the addressing of issues such as "interpersonal and or institutional violence, creating and developing a dialogue on healing, addressing racial justice profiling to deportation, and racial justice around Asian communities". The act, idea, and inclination of a restorative justice and practice floats freely in and about both my conversation and mind during my walk to Palias Wilson for the CERD opening session.