Before beginning the list of resources for allies, we want to acknowledge what a heartbreaking time it is for Black folks and People of Color in the UUCB community and offer resources for community and spiritual care.
Center Black lives in allyship work:
- Understanding what optical allyship is
- Check in on your Black friends and family, partners, loved ones and colleagues
- Be prepared to do the work
- Read up on antiracist works
- Avoid sharing content which is traumatic
- Donate funds and support initiatives
- Do not center the narrative around yourself
- Keep supporting after the outrage
- Stop supporting organizations that promote hate
- Start your long term strategy
From Rev. Eric Posa’s 5-31-2020 sermon:
Here’s the donation site list mentioned from Eric’s friend Mark van Steenwyk, the Mennonite pastor and Christian anarchist in Minneapolis:
Here are ways you can help right now:
TODAY: Participate in the Movement for Black Lives week of action June 1-5 (endorsed by Denver Black Lives Matter chapter) by texting ActionNOW to 90975 to receive action updates.
Amplify their calls for justice.
Justice for George Floyd.
Justice for Breonna Taylor.
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery.
Justice for Tony McDade.
Justice for Shanta Singleton and her daughters.
Contact Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and demand he call off the National Guard.
- Phone: 651-201-3400
- Twitter: @GovTimWalz
Contact Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and demand he call off the National Guard and push for charges for all four officers who were involved.
- Phone: 612-673-2100
- Twitter: @MayorFrey, @Jacob_Frey
Contact County Attorney Mike Freeman and demand he charge all four officers with murder.
- Phone: 612-348-5550
- Email: email@example.com
Call Louisville Metro Police Department to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.
Fuel the protests and organizing by donating:
Food Justice For Frontlines: People in the area are hurting, the grocery stores in the neighborhoods are no longer open, and many people are out of work. Starting Saturday Twin Cities DSA is supplying hot food and groceries (including fresh produce purchased directly from a local farm) near the 3rd Precinct.
Twin Cities Solidarity Fund provides a direct disbursement of cash without means-testing. We are still in a pandemic and people are struggling!
Get involved for the long haul through Boulder Showing Up for Racial Justice (Boulder SURJ). Fill out this form to register for a Zoom call Tuesday, June 2 and 6 PM. (You do not need to propose an agenda item to submit the form.)
Donate to street medics in Denver via Boulder SURJ.
Needs: gloves, masks, granola/energy bars, bottled water, PLAIN liquid antacid (Maalox or Mylanta type, NOT peppermint flavor)
Message BSURJ for drop-off information
Join the Boulder NAACP chapter (open to white allies as well as People of Color).
TONIGHT (June 1st, 2020):
Together Colorado has scheduled a call for Monday, June 1 at 6:30 pm (zoom information below) where we will convene white lay and clergy leaders to talk about how we will show up publicly. You all are invited and are encouraged to share this widely.
Here is the framing for the evening:
The framing I would like to propose for our time together is to think about what we are going to do in the next week, few months and year. During this week, how are we being public about proclaiming our anti-racism organizing voice? How do we plan to show up differently?
Please bring ideas and reflections to Monday’s gathering.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 927 4382 7710
From the UUA Organizing Strategy Team:
Here are three concrete things all Unitarian Universalists can do right now in response to this moment:
- Support the uprising and commit to joining other UUs in working to combat the violence of militarism and the police state: Share this message widely with your networks. Speak about your convictions in support of Black liberation. Articulate your support of Black organizing, grounded in your Unitarian Universalist faith. Have hard conversations with your family, your social networks, your neighbors. And sign up at this link to be connected with a network of UUs committing to learning, reflecting, and acting together.
- Support the front line organizers providing leadership: Give your money, ask others to give, and take up a collection at this Sunday’s service in support of organizations like Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and Minnesota Freedom Fund.
- Learn more & take action: Join the Movement for Black Lives National Call in Defense of Black life today, Saturday May 30 at 1pm ET/10am PT and plug into #DefundPolice work where you live and are building.
From Take Down the Patriarchy:
- White Privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard. It means your skin tone isn’t one of the things making it harder. There’s plenty of other privileges (socio-economic, male, heterosexual, Christian, able-bodied) but white privilege is perhaps the most enduring throughout history.
- White Privilege exists as a direct result of both historic and enduring racism, biases, and practices designed to oppress People of Color.
- White Privilege means you actively benefit from the oppression of the POC.
- You are the dominant representation on all media
- No one questions your citizenship
- Products are designed for you first
- You don’t get harassed for existing in public locations
- Inherited power and wealth
- People at work look like you
- Your actions aren’t perceived as those of all your race
- System Racism exists at all levels of society.
- The wealth gap- 90% white owned, 10% POC owned
- Black students are 3x more likely to be suspended
- Black graduates are 2x more likely to be unemployed
- Black Americans are 30% more likely to get pulled over
- Black Americans make up 40% of the prison population
- Black women are 4x more likely to die from childbirth
- Black Americans are shown 18% fewer houses
- What Should I Do with My White Privilege?
- Teach other white folks the barriers to success for POC
- Promise to listen to and amplify the voices of POC
- Be more than “not racist,” but actively anti-racist
- Confront racial injustices even when it’s uncomfortable
- Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction by Terrance Macmullan
- The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
- Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Ph.D.
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
- The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness by Matt Wray, Eric Klinenberg, Irene J. Nexica and Birgit Brander Rasmussen
- Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis
- This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognize Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World, by Layla Saad
- The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby
- Post traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing, by Dr. Joy Degruy
- How to Be Less Stupid About Race, by Crystal M. Fleming
- Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Balck Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A Blackmon
- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
- Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, by Cherrie Morago
- Black Feminist Thought, by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- How to Be an Ally if You Are a Person with Privilege
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- The Case for Reparations
- 10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books For Racism and Sexism
- Excerpt from Privilege, Power and Difference
- I used to lead tours on a plantation. You wouldn’t believe the questions I got about slavery
- Holy shit, being an ally isn’t about me!
- Allyship and Accountability Glossary
- Blacks and whites see racism in the United States very, very differently
- Born that Way: Scientific racism is creeping back into our thinking
- Fear of the Black Man: How Racial Bias Could Affect Crime, Labor Rates
- 10 Messages of Wisdom We Need to Give Black Youth Right Now
- The Racist Housing Policy that Made Your Neighborhood
- 15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial
- A ‘Historic Moment’ for Native Americans
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Parts 1-7
- Marrianne Williamson Asked White People To Apologize. She Got It Right
- They Considered Themselves White, But DNA Tests Told a More Complex Story
- Here’s How You Can Demand Justice for George Floyd
- Antiracist Research & Policy Center
- Audre Lorde Project
- Black Women’s Blueprint
- Color of Change
- Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUM)
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
- Families Belong Together
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- National Domestic Workers Alliance
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
- United We Dream