Out of the many atrocities happening in the U.S., important conversations that are finally emerging into the mainstream and public consciousness involve the country's history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and the roles and responsibilities that each of us hold in our communities. I'm thankful that in the career choices I've made, I've worked in environments of thoughtfulness and compassion where these conversations aren't shied away from, and with the rise of social media, it's heartening to see these dialogues multiply. I want to use this space productively to point you to some resources shared by my colleague Elisabeth (content posted below written by Elisabeth Long). Sending all of you peace, love and hope for our future.
- POWER is organizing a Philly is Charlottesville march and rally tomorrow, Wednesday August 16th at 7PM. From POWER: White supremacy is not just a ‘Southern thing.’ Symbols and systems of white supremacy are also at work in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. While we applaud the thousands who took to the streets this weekend in solidarity with Charlottesville, we call upon the same persons to march with us to tear down white supremacist structures in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Join us on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 PM as we pull the veil back on injustice within our own borders.
- Philly Showing Up For Racial Justice is hosting a (free) training on Thursday evening, Spotting White Supremacy: Capacity Building for White Allies. From SURJ: Join members of SURJ’s political education working group for a capacity building training at Friends Center on August 17th from 6:30-8:30pm. Grounded in experiential education, this two-hour training will focus on developing white folk’s capacity to identify/spot when racism is showing up in multiracial movements and actions. We will unpack the ways in which our socialization as white folks influence our intentions, expectations, relationship to control (and more), in multiracial spaces. Participants will leave the training with skills to become more aware of these dynamics so that we can become more accountable and effective allies in our movements for social change. The content of this training is designed for folks who identify as white AND is open to all.
- Teacher Action Group Philly is hosting After Charlottesville: Confronting White Supremacy in Ourselves, Our Schools, and Our City an event to bring educators and community members together to organize for how we can individually and collectively confront white supremacy in ourselves, our classrooms and schools, and our city, as the year begins. Wednesday, September 13th, 5:00-7:00PM, The U School, 2000 N. 7th St. Philadelphia, PA
- Councilmember Helen Gym is calling for the the take down of the Frank Rizzo statue by City Hall. You can sign the petition, a part of the Movement for Black Lives’ policy demands, here.
- Interview with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer
- Southern Poverty Law Center’s Ten Ways to Fight Hate
- Political Research Associates’ article giving a breakdown on the forces involved
- What Charlottesville means for our Black family: article on talking to kids about what happened is a resource created by the UVA Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.