Social Justice Workgroup

Who We Are

Members of the Indian River CARES coalition, a group of local non-profit leaders, first joined together in the summer of 2020 to draft a Unified Statement of Support for Racial Justice Reform in Indian River County in response to the May murder of George Floyd.
Like many organizations across the nation, this was but a first step.  We decided to form a Workgroup with a commitment to meet monthly to examine how we might be able to focus our energies on strengthening the mission of Indian River CARES: to Connect, Advocate, Renew, Educate and Strategize with an emphasis on Education.

What We Do

As a Workgroup, our efforts have been focused on meeting monthly via Zoom to educate ourselves and each other in Community Conversations on the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We have invited leaders in Indian River County and the Treasure Coast region to share what is currently being done, what is planned, and how we as community members can help.
We have identified these areas of current concentration: 
•    Criminal Justice
•    Education
•    Finance/Banking & Industry
•    Health
•    Real Estate/Housing


For more information on our work or how you can get involved contact the Workgroup Leadership Team: 

Our Programs: Community Conversations 

Our programs are currently held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11 am-Noon via Zoom. To be added to our invite list, please contact

Our past programs:

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Thank you to the Center for Spiritual Care for housing the Seeds of Change Lending Library for the Racial Justice Workgroup, an initiative of Indian River CARES.

Visit the library at: Center for Spiritual Care  1550 24th Street 
To contact: 772-567-1233


Thank you to Workgroup Member Ann Belinkoff for the compilation of recommendations:

Upcoming Meetings

For more information and to receive the zoom links please email Laura Kelley at

Upcoming Programs

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Civil Rights: State, Local and National Campaigns Opens IR CARES Social Justice Scholars Series January 11 

Register today for the opening program January 11 in the virtual social justice education series organized by the non-profit coalition Indian River CARES. 

The series will open Tuesday, January 11 with Dr. J. Michael Butler, Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at Flagler College.  He will speak on Civil Rights: State, Local and National Campaigns in Florida. The hour- long program will offer a brief historical overview and focus on the local barriers that still exist. A moderated Q& A will follow.

"I'm honored to be included in these important conversations.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with the group and anticipate a thought-provoking conversation on some difficult, yet extremely important topics. "  

The talks will be held over Zoom on the second Tuesday of January, February and March from 11 am.- 12 pm. The virtual series, called “Florida Talks: Walk the Talk,” is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary.  To sign up, visit: Walk the Talk 

The series will continue on February 8, Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs will present Strange Fruit in Florida. Dr. Hobbs is an Associate Provost and Associate Professor of History for Florida Memorial University and founding president of the South Florida Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.  She serves as facilitator and curriculum designer for the non-profit South Florida People of Color. 

The University of Florida’s Dr. Vincent Adejumo will speak on Black Masculinity in Florida March 8. Dr. Adejumo is a Senior Lecturer in UF’s African Studies program. 

Each of the scholars' programs will include advanced recommended reading for participant discussion purposes. In person "deeper dive" conversations will follow hosted by Workgroup members from Sacred Kashi, Gifford Youth Achievement Center and the DEI Committee of Sunrise Rotary. 

The primary mission of the Indian River CARES coalition is to connect, advocate, renew, educate and strategize in ways to strengthen the community.  Its Social Justice Initiative has met as a workgroup monthly since July 2020 in conversation with local leaders on the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Visit to learn more about past programming. 

“Florida Talks: Walk the Talk” is a partnership program between Florida Humanities and the host organization Center for Spiritual Care.  Funding was provided by Florida Humanities and the program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.