July 4 we celebrate Independence Day which honors the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The declaration was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in June of 1776 and included what he referred to as "self-evident truths" saying, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Jefferson also expounded briefly upon a list of grievances that the signers of the declaration held against the King of England. This document served as justification for the American colonies breaking their allegance with England. Learn more.
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May's Featured Book Recommendations
May is Jewish-American Heritage Month and the first book selection is The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman. This book tells the true story of how Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski were able to care for and save over 300 people from the Nazis after the bombing of the Warsaw Zoo. The Jewish refugees are hidden in empty animal cages in the zoo whose code name was strangely apt: "The House Under a Crazy Star."
May is also Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and we'd like to recommend books by two authors. The first two books are by Amy Tan. The Bonesetter's Daughter: A Novel tells the story of Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing. Near the end of her life, LuLing passes on some of her stories to her daughter which tell of her life in a remote mountain village in China. Ruth learns how the difficult decisions her mother made as a young woman lead her to San Francisco, where Ruth is born. The second Tan novel, The Joy Luck Club, is about the relationship between four sets of Chinese-American mothers and daughters in San Francisco. The novel is set 40 years after the mothers' arrival to the States but circles back to tell of how the women left their native country.
The second author, Alan Brennert, has written two books set in the Hawaiian Islands. Moloka'i is the tale of a young native Hawaiian girl, Rachel Kalama, who is exiled to the leper colony on Moloka'i's north shore when she is only seven. Despite the physical and emotional difficulties caused by her leprosy, she is resilient and grows up into a compassionate and loving woman. In Honolulu, Brennert weaves a beautiful and historically accurate story of a young woman from Korea who arrives to the island as a "picture bride," someone who agrees to be married to a man she's never met. Her life isn't easy, but she manages to keep her hope and prosper in busy, bustling Honolulu.
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Here are some books that explore diversity. The most recent additions are highlighted.
7 Men and the Secred of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Daughters Are Forever by Lee Maracle
Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer
Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorm
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
Extraordinary Acts of Native Life on the West Coast by Kathryn Bridge
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
Native Son by Richard Wright
No Language but a Cry by Dr. Richard Anthony D'Ambrosio
Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray
Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko
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CCS is committed to making our services, our agencies and our communities free of the divisive and dehumanizing ravages of racism. To live out this commitment every employee is expected to pledge the following:
I will not tolerate attitudes, behaviors, or statements that alienate, offend or injure any person associated with CCS because of their racial or ethnic origin;
I will enable and support all efforts to become aware of and eliminate racism and racist behaviors within CCS and the broader community;
I will take exceptional steps to identify and root out such biases, especially where there appear to be long-standing, institutional patterns of unacceptable behavior or lack of performance.
CCS is committed to employing staff that reflect the diversity of the regional population. Professional Ethics, Mission orientation and Cultural Competency trainings are required of all employees to assist the organization in meeting its commitments in this arena.