Interfaith Racial Justice Resources
How do you create a new habit? They say it takes 21-days of practice to create a new habit, so some anti-racism trainers have created their own versions of a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge.
We encourage you to choose one of these, or one of the others you may find online to help give yourself some structure as you use the next three weeks to do some of your own study and work on recognizing your own participation in the systems and institutions that have been created with racist policies.
What do you hope to get out of these 21 days? You can start journaling about it, or use one of the tracking pages that are easily downloadable on the sites. Consider other things you can do to process what you are learning, including art, sculpture, or journaling with either a pen and paper or with a set of video recordings to your future self.
Some may also want to include a book group to process some of the longer readings, and so we have established a closed, private group on Facebook where participants can do so. Go to this ICCCC Racial Justice Discussion Group link to request to join. Please expect to follow the rules there to participate.
ICCCC Racial Justice Discussion Group is related to the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County’s facebook page. This group is for members of the Interfaith community who are doing a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, going through an anti-racism book together and wish to process what they are learning, and those who are doing their own, personal anti-racism work to expose their own complicity with systemic racism, and learning how to help dismantle institutionalized racism in the policies of our criminal justice, housing, employment, lending, health care, police brutality, money bail and legal systems.
Three 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge links to choose from:
America & Moore: Diversity Education, Research & Consulting (three slightly different 21-day plans to choose from)
Michigan League for Public Policy (includes information on Midwest First Nations intersectionalities)
Some denominations have created their own version of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, include the Presbyterians and Catholics at St. Bonaventure’s that include sources particular to their tradition.
After the 21 days, we will be hosting an online program called Cultural Mindfulness: An Interfaith Gathering to Explore Racial Justice, Cultural Competency, and Continue Our Work, below. We hope to find funding to help us present more great anti-racism teachers online.
You can also join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Contra Costa County, which offers ongoing trainings primarily for white people: https://www.facebook.com/SURJCCC
Local group calling for defunding, not unfunding, the police: https://defundconcordpd.org
Books to read:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad. Book Study Series, designed to support our white and white identified Centers for Spiritual Living Member Communities can be found online.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (reading guides available in the UU Section and group guide Here) https://robindiangelo.com
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation & Transformation by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes
Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips
Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
FATAL INVENTION: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Theology & Black Power, God of the Oppressed, A Black Theology of Liberation or The Cross and the Lynching Tree by the Rev. Dr. James Cone
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Dirty Hands: Christian Ethics in a Morally Ambiguous World by Garth Baker-Fletcher
God of the Rahtid by Robert Beckford
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Manchild in a Promised Land by Claude Brown
Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the of the Black Community by Katie Cannon
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Dubois
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson
The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community by Leah Gunning Francis
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement by Vincent Harding
The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How they have been Corrupted by Obery Hendricks
Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Theological Analysis of the Thought of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. by C. Anthony Hunt
Stones of Hope: Essays, Sermons and Prayers on religion and Race, vol. 3 by C. Anthony Hunt
My Hope is Built: Essays, Sermons and Prayers on Religion and Race, vol.2 by C. Anthony Hunt
And Yet the Melody Lingers: Essays, Sermons and Prayers on Religion and Race by C. Anthony Hunt
Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing by Dennis Jacobson
Race, Religion and Resilience in the Neoliberal Age by Cedric Johnson
Is God a White Racist? by William R. Jones
Justice in an Unjust World by Karen Lebacqz
Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man by George Kelsey
Strength to Love by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Suffering and Faith” in The Christian Century (April 1960) by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why We Can’t Wait by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X
Where have all the Prophets Gone?: Redeeming Prophetic Preaching in America by Marvin McMickle
Pulpit and Politics: Separation of Church and State in the Black Church by Marvin McMickle
Jesus Weeps: Global Encounters on Our Doorstep by Harold Recinos
The Search for Beloved Community by Kenneth Smith and Ira Zepp, Jr.
A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering by Emilie Townes
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
The Luminous Darkness: A Personal Interpretation of the Anatomy of Segregation and the Ground of Hope by Howard Thurman
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
Prophecy Deliverance by Cornel West
Race Matters by Cornel West
Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance by Reggie Williams
No Difference in the Fare: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism by Josiah U. Young
Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and threatens Democracy. By Cathy O’Neil http://governance40.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Weapons-of-Math-Destruction-Cathy-ONeil.pdf
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble.
Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin
Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice by Michael-Ray Mathews, Marie Onwubuariri, and Cody Sanders, editors
Chaos or Community by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart
Articles/Statements to read:
Defunding the Police Will Actually Make Us Safer – https://www.aclu.org/news/criminal-law-reform/defunding-the-police-will-actually-make-us-safer/
- “I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought of Their Privilege. So I Asked” The New York Times Magazine by Claudia Rankine (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/magazine/white-men-privilege.html)
- “The Case for Reparations” The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/)
- Reparations – The Time is Now by Coming to the Table Reparations Working Group (https://comingtothetable.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/CTTT-Reparations-Guide-August-2019.pdf)
- Coming to the Table Educational Resources page (https://comingtothetable.org/educational-resources/)
- The 1619 Project Directed by Nikole Hannah Jones (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html)
- “Why the New Emmett Till Memorial Needed to Be Bulletproof” by The New York Times Editorial Board (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/opinion/emmett-till-memorial.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share)
- Dissecting Racial Bias in an Algorithm Used to Manage the Health of Populations by Ziad Obermeye, Brian Powers, Christine Vogeli, and Sendhil Mullainathan (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6464/447)
- What is Owed by Nikole Hannah-Jones (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/24/magazine/reparations-slavery.html)
- You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument by Caroline Randall Williams (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html)
- When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs: “I’m caught in a time loop where my white friends and acquaintances perform the same pieties over and over again.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/white-antiracist-allyship-book-clubs/2020/06/11/9edcc766-abf5-11ea-94d2-d7bc43b26bf9_story.html?fbclid=IwAR3a88-aYrV630LU-Elxi8duZS184H2GyXdGNytFpH0mB5wedOi0dQ66C2c
- Cornel West on this moment of “escalating consciousness” and the need for radical democracy. (https://www.salon.com/2020/06/26/cornel-west-on-this-moment-of-escalating-consciousness-and-the-need-for-radical-democracy/)
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Joy Angela DeGruy. https://www.joydegruy.com/post-traumatic-slave-syndrome
- Race Matters: How to Talk Effectively About Race: Kenneth Hardy. https://www.socialwork.career/2015/09/race-matters-how-to-talk-effectively-about-race.html
- How To Talk Effectively About Race: http://traumatransformed.org/wp-content/uploads/Effectively-Talk-About-Race-Dr.-Ken-Hardy-11×17.pdf
- The Hard Numbers Behind Juneteenth in a Racist America: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-hard-numbers-behind-juneteenth-in-a-racist-america?utm_medium=10today.ad3li.20200619.421.1&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today—4.0-styling
- “She Loved Who She Was Becoming”: Breonna Taylor and a Family’s Fight for Justice: https://www.theringer.com/2020/6/18/21294510/breonna-taylor-louisville-police-black-lives-matter-protests
- Why Killer Cops Go Free by Ishmael Reed https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/19/why-killer-cops-go-free/
- Could the Police Kill Me, Too?’ My Young Son Asked Me: I knew I had to be honest. by Carina Ray. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/opinion/sunday/george-floyd-protests-black.html
- How Immunity for Cops and Facebook Kills Americans, by Thom Hartmann. https://ourfuture.org/20200601/how-immunity-for-cops-and-facebook-kills-americans?link_id=8&can_id=016ab72d6f89fafbfa6f82541dddbbf8&source=email-progressive-breakfast-covid-does-not-discriminate-our-health-care-does&email_referrer=email_820265&email_subject=progressive-breakfast-the-revolution-is-local-in-pennsylvania-politics
- The police have a white nationalist problem — and have for at least 15 years, by Aiden Pink. https://forward.com/news/national/447906/the-police-have-a-white-nationalist-problem-and-have-for-at-least-15-years/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter%20RSS_Test&utm_maildate=06/03/2020
- My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest. By Susan Cottrell https://www.patheos.com/blogs/freedhearts/2020/06/11/yesmagazine/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best+of+Patheos&utm_content=57
- There’s One Big Reason Why Police Brutality Is So Common In The US. And That’s The Police Unions, by Melissa Segura. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissasegura/police-unions-history-minneapolis-reform-george-floyd?utm_medium=10today.media.20200603.436.2&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today—4.0-styling
- How the Black Lives Matter movement went mainstream. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/how-the-black-lives-matter-movement-went-mainstream/2020/06/09/201bd6e6-a9c6-11ea-9063-e69bd6520940_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most
- ‘You can’t reconcile a nation that’s never been equal.’ Three black pastors reflect on this moment by Batya Ungar-Sargon. https://forward.com/opinion/448420/you-cant-reconcile-a-nation-thats-never-been-equal-an-interview-with-three/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter%20RSS_Test&utm_maildate=06/10/2020
- You Can Now Virtually Visit the Nation’s Major Civil Rights Landmarks: https://www.purewow.com/travel/u-s-civil-rights-trail-virtual-tours?utm_medium=10today.ad3li.20200622.421.2&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today—4.0-styling
- Racism, whiteness, and burnout in antiracism movements: How white racial justice activists elevate burnout in racial justice activists of color in the United States by Paul C Gorski, Noura Erekat (White-Activists-Causing-Burnout-Racial-Justice-Activists-Gorski-Erakat)
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (Peggy McIntosh_Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack)
- 10 Ways to Learn About Another Culture UMC General Commission on Religion and Race (10-ways-to-learn-another-culture)
- To Be White and Christian excerpt from White Awake by Daniel Hill, 2017 Sojourners Magazine (To Be White and Christian)
- Companies use prison labor: https://blog.globaltel.com/companies-use-prison-labor/
- Malta Justice Initiative:
- Big Businesses that Benefit from Prison Labour: http://blackeconomics.co.uk/wp/big-businesses-that-benefit-from-prison-labour/
- “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” John Lewis
John Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published in the New York Times upon the day of his funeral: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html
- Organize the Church: Voter Registration, Education and Mobilization is a United Church of Christ webinar featuring Stacey Abrams, Leah Daughtry and Traci Blackmon. Our own Elaine watched the webinar live and took great notes which are attached. They are a helpful guide and include links to resources that are referenced by the presenters. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6VgfHt6zEy7yDgdSE-fLLYEVaNBM2943 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy2F-KzpA60
- This article includes a history of voting rights in the US. (Scroll through the article to see the timeline for voting rights.) https://www.businessinsider.com/when-women-got-the-right-to-vote-american-voting-rights-timeline-2018-10
- In this 11 minute video clip Trevor Noah on the Daily Show interviews Carol Anderson who is the author of “One Person, No Vote” & The Impact of Voter Suppression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkanNI58Q-E
- This short article highlights Voter Suppression. Over the last decade states have enacted voter restrictions that disproportionately disenfranchise racial minorities and distort our democracy. “Civil rights activist Rev. William Barber II has said, ‘Jim Crow did not retire: he went to law school and launched a second career. Meet James Crow, Esquire.’” https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/new-voter-suppression
- This short article addresses how some Christian churches are addressing voter suppression in a new era. Souls to the Polls. https://sojo.net/articles/how-churches-are-addressing-voter-suppression
- https://www.history.com/news/slave-bible-redacted-old-testamentWhy Bibles Given to Slaves Omitted Most of the Old TestamentThe so-called “Slave Bible” told of Joseph’s enslavement but left out the parts where Moses led the Israelites to freedom.
- For those who would like to go more in depth… Hermeneutics of Slavery: A “Bible-Alone” Faith and the Problem of Human Enslavement. By Darius Jankiewiczhttps://digitalcommons.andrews.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1159&context=theology-christian-philosophy-pubs
- Anti-slavery letter written by Angelina Grimke in 1836https://mk0americainclatvlsi.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Grimke_Appeal-to-the-Christian-Women-of-the-South-excerpts.pdf
- “Racial Trauma in Film: How Viewers Can Address Re-traumatization” here: https://counseling.northwestern.edu/blog/racial-trauma-retraumatization-film/
Movies & Documentaries to watch to learn about Racism:
- Police: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY&feature=youtu.be
- Kimberly Jones: How Can We Win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb9_qGOa9Go&feature=youtu.be
- I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, “Remember the House.” https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/i-am-not-your-negro/
- 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets examines the shooting of Jordan Taylor.
- The House I Live In looks at the true cost of the War on Drugs. https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/house-i-live-in/
- Do Not Resist: a documentary on the militarization of local police since 9/11. http://www.donotresistfilm.com
- 13th. Netflix film explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration. Free on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8
- Just Mercy. 2019 film about a young Afro-American lawyer taking the case of Walter McMillian an Afro-American death row inmate wrongly imprisoned for the murder of a young white girl. Offered free in June on many streaming channels. Watch for free. https://www.justmercyfilm.com.
- This Far By Faith: Howard Thurman: https://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/people/howard_thurman.html
- James Baldwin at Cambridge University: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=james+baldwin+at+cambridge+university
- Eye On the Prize: Parts 1-4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpY2NVcO17U
- Malcolm X: The Ballot or the Bullet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRNciryImqg
- Dick Gregory, Race, Comedy, Justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD9wJoEfHvE
- The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks and Books to Add to Your List: https://parade.com/1046031/breabaker/anti-racist-tv-movies-documentaries-ted-talks-books/?fbclid=IwAR0l_qHix7LiNilqGydmmANXstDmwHIAmttd-3GaXSPjmNpujSLRf4wrkoQ
- Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes: by Jane Elliot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebPoSMULI5U
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: by Joy Angela DeGruy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGjSday7f_8
- Cracking the Codes: film by World Trust Social Justice & Equity Movement Building. https://www.world-trust.org/individual-streaming-ctc
- White Like Me: film by Tim Wise https://vimeo.com/ondemand/whitelikeme
- orghas a list of available free films and television shows from their website: https://www.pbs.org/articles/2020/06/racism-in-america/
- Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am on PBS https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/toni-morrison-the-pieces-i-am-about/12366/ or amazon for purchase.
- True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality: Equal Justice Initiative or HBO: https://eji.org/projects/true-justice/
- The Apollo: Documentary on HBO. https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-apollo
- Nothing But a Man: Film from 1967 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbNKQwoDrHA
- Medicine for the Melancholy: 2008 film on Amazon streaming. https://www.amazon.com/Medicine-Melancholy-Wyatt-Cenac/dp/B006OJ9MUU
- Let it Fall: LA 1982-1992: 2017 film on Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/title/80183783
- The Interrupters: 2011 film on PBS or Amazon. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/interrupters/
- Brother to Brother: 2004 film on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Duane-Boutte/dp/B008MA0X0M
- Talk to Me: 2007 film on Vudu or Hulu. https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Talk-to-Me/128882
- The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist: Ibram X. Kendi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCxbl5QgFZw
- Revealing White Privilege and Healing Racial Trauma with Dr. Kenneth Hardy, RYSE in Richmond, CA. https://vimeo.com/427600351
- How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time by Baratunde Thurston on TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/baratunde_thurston_how_to_deconstruct_racism_one_headline_at_a_time#t-721003
- Call To Mind: Spotlight on Black Trauma and Policing. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=559125224731745&ref=watch_permalink&mc_cid=ea4e374b2c&mc_eid=fb4fab8012
- Why America’s police look like soldiers. https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/315159142822124/
- Reconstruction film with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. https://www.pbs.org/weta/reconstruction/about-the-film/henry-louis-gates-jr/
- 10 Ways white supremacy wounds white people: A tale of mutuality: https://www.afsc.org/blogs/acting-in-faith/10-ways-white-supremacy-wounds-white-people-tale-mutuality
- American Caste System: Isabel Wilkerson: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/magazine/isabel-wilkerson-caste.html
- Race Forward has many short videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjGQaz1u3V4
- The Color of fear (1994) Full length Award Winning documentary. Worth watching and listening with deep reflection on how diverse American feel and experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikVFCsFXfQo
Listening to Podcasts:
- Seeing White: http://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
- Pod for the Cause by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights https://civilrights.org/podforthecause/
- About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge https://www.aboutracepodcast.com
- Code Switch: NPR https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast: https://www.raceforward.org/media/podcast/momentum-race-forward-podcast
- What can we do to help get rid of racism? by Clementine Lue Clark, ChristianScience.com https://www.christianscience.com/christian-healing-today/daily-lift/what-can-we-do-to-help-get-rid-of-racism?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=christian-science-daily-lift&utm_content=
Sermons to hear:
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III’s Trinity UCC Chicago:
- “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery”(https://www.facebook.com/trinitychgo/videos/vb.106911545842/3230348080322262/?type=2&theater)
- “When is ‘Someday?’ (https://www.facebook.com/trinitychgo/videos/vb.106911545842/251321799637413/?type=2&theater)
89 RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, AND COMMUNITIES:
Resources by Tradition:
Archbishop of Canterbury says portrayal of Jesus as White should be reconsidered: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/27/uk/justin-welby-jesus-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
We are having another race unity gathering on Thursdays until July 30th at 7 pm on Zoom. We hope to continue the conversation on this “most vital and challenging issue facing America.” Please feel free to invite others and share this info. See updates below.
We will read Bahá’í writings and quotes, present current events regarding the issue of race and consult on ways to eliminate our own prejudices and implicit biases as well as eradicate the illness of race related problems and systemic injustices in this country — continuing our two-fold moral purpose.
We will once again have two beautiful souls as facilitators: Bahia Reneau and Teryl McAlaster who will guide discussions and bring relevant study to the meetings. This can be an emotionally difficult and spiritually trying subject to discuss, so we are hoping to create a space for respectful and consultative discourse.
From the letter we studied, “The tensions, divisions, and injustices that currently beset America are symptoms of a longstanding illness. The nation is afflicted with a deep spiritual disorder, manifest in rampant materialism, widespread moral decay, and a deeply ingrained racial prejudice. As a result, millions of our fellow Americans, subject to systemic injustices in many facets of life, are prevented from making their full contributions to society and of partaking fully in its benefits. No one is immune to this disorder―we are all members of this society and to some degree suffer the effects of its maladies. That we live in a critical time can be seen in the way essential questions of identity, social vision, and global relations are being raised to a degree not seen in decades. Increasing numbers of our fellow-citizens are actively in search of solutions both moral and practical to answer them.”
- The Contra Costa Bahá’ís have a NEW website for Virtual prayer gatherings hosted by Baha’i families which are open to every resident of the county.
- Also, I have attached the recent message from the Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly to all the people of America on the current conditions in America regarding racial prejudice – which is the “most vital and challenging issue.” This letter was written Juneteenth and is quite beautiful and uplifting.
- I have added our race unity gatherings to the ICCC calendar of events which we have been sponsoring for 2 years and Dolores White and Bahia Reneau were moderating before quarantine – but since going virtual this year, Bahia and another beautiful Black American young lady, Teryl McAlster are facilitating it. I really feel it is important to see black (and brown) women leading groups like this. It is now on Zoom and the following is the email I send out:”We will read Bahá’í writings and quotes, present current events regarding the issue of race and consult on ways to eliminate our own prejudices and implicit biases as well as eradicate the illness of race related problems and systemic injustices in this country — continuing our two-fold moral purpose.We will once again have two beautiful souls as facilitators: Bahia Reneau and Teryl McAlaster who will guide discussions and bring relevant study to the meetings. This can be an emotionally difficult and spiritually trying subject to discuss, so we are hoping to create a space for respectful and consultative discourse.From the letter we studied, “The tensions, divisions, and injustices that currently beset America are symptoms of a longstanding illness. The nation is afflicted with a deep spiritual disorder, manifest in rampant materialism, widespread moral decay, and a deeply ingrained racial prejudice. As a result, millions of our fellow Americans, subject to systemic injustices in many facets of life, are prevented from making their full contributions to society and of partaking fully in its benefits. No one is immune to this disorder―we are all members of this society and to some degree suffer the effects of its maladies. That we live in a critical time can be seen in the way essential questions of identity, social vision, and global relations are being raised to a degree not seen in decades. Increasing numbers of our fellow-citizens are actively in search of solutions both moral and practical to answer them.”Tina Edraki is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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“Let each one of God’s loved ones centre his attention on this: to be the Lord’s mercy to man; to be the Lord’s grace. Let him do some good to every person whose path he crosseth, and be of some benefit to him. Let him improve the character of each and all, and reorient the minds of men. In this way, the light of divine guidance will shine forth, and the blessings of God will cradle all mankind: for love is light, no matter in what abode it dwelleth; and hate is darkness, no matter where it may make its nest. O friends of God! Strive ye to banish that darkness for ever and ever.”
– Bahá’í Writings
Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities prepared for the Buddhist Teachers in the West Conference.
“The title of this booklet refers to the ongoing suffering which exists in our sanghas for many People of Color. The oppressive racial and economic conditioning of our greater society, whether intentional or not, manifests in our sanghas. Practitioners of color face many obstacles of access, as well as of attitude, when attempting to join Western Sanghas in order to develop and sustain their practice. It is extremely difficult and painful for people who are already marginalized in society to then be marginalized again in their spiritual community.”
“ And I believe what European-Americans are being called on to do for starters is just this: to listen and be open to voices of color. Put down defensiveness and ask “What is it like for a Person of Color to live in this society or to practice in this sangha?” or “What might this person go through?” Begin with a sense of not knowing, yet wanting– deeply wanting– to understand why so many Buddhists of color feel alienated from most Western sanghas.
Only from this openness and understanding can we all join together to act in ways that will create sanghas that are truly welcoming to all peoples.”
Buddhist Peace Fellowship:
“As an organization devoted to Buddhism + social justice, we are deeply moved by, and grateful for, the incredible Black-led and ally-supported movement organizing coming out of Ferguson, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Oakland, and so many other places. That these movements are visibly helmed by black women and queer people, makes them all the more heartening. We hope this toolkit continues to further the larger work for collective liberation.“
Here is a link to an article specifically about George Floyd and what is happening now.
Here is a link at the same website where you can find conversations around race or courses (starting at $19) for Buddhist practices to address racism.
The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad
Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on Racist Killings: https://www.ccarnet.org/central-conference-of-american-rabbis-statement-on-racist-killings/?fbclid=IwAR3xb7tsFI0Nzq-SY-XrUlQlLjcmvhXyzj21mjUGtrL30l6IsXt5zj1qio4
JCRC link Includes information about Jews of Color Initiatives
Anti-Defamation League, SF Office:
Bend the Arc: Black Lives Matter. We’re rising up for Black liberation.
Jewish Gateways: https://www.jewishgateways.org
Jews of Color Initiative: https://jewsofcolorinitiative.org
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice: https://www.jfrej.org
Be’chol Lashon: https://globaljews.org
Jewish Multicultural Network
Articles in J Weekly on Race and the Jewish Community
· Jewish youth urge Oakland school district to eliminate school police (https://www.jweekly.com/2020/06/24/jewish-youth-urge-oakland-school-district-to-eliminate-school-police/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=3caac653e6-coronavirus-6-26-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-3caac653e6-216)
· How I learned to love myself as a Black Jew: (https://www.jweekly.com/2020/06/19/how-i-learned-to-love-myself-as-a-black-jew/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=5826764a91-coronavirus-6-23-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-5826764a91-216459201)
· For Jews of color, protests are reminders of pain — even within Jewish community: (https://www.jweekly.com/2020/06/11/for-jews-of-color-protests-are-reminders-of-pain-even-within-jewish-community/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=72f23e8f4b-coronavirus-6-12-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-72f23)
· Black Jews are grieving, and we need you to help us mourn: (https://www.jweekly.com/2020/06/09/black-jews-are-grieving-and-we-need-you-to-help-us-mourn/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=233c07fde6-coronavirus-6-10-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-233c07fde6-216459201)
· Unrest over police brutality hits home with S.F. black-Jewish unity group: (https://www.jweekly.com/2020/06/05/unrest-over-police-brutality-hits-home-with-s-f-black-jewish-unity-group/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=e6fbe7782b-coronavirus-6-9-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-e6fbe7782b-)
Dear Temple Isaiah family,
At the 1963 National Conference on Race and Religion, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel spoke these words:
“At the first conference on religion and race, the main participants were Pharaoh and Moses. The outcome of that summit meeting has not come to an end. Pharaoh is not ready to capitulate. The Exodus began, but is far from having been completed.”
With the Exodus still undone, our hearts break with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other black men and women whose lives have been unjustly taken from them. We, too, share in the outrage felt across our nation at the pervasiveness of racism in our midst.
It is not enough to not be racist. We must be actively anti-racist, which means stepping up, learning together and acting together. We, individually and collectively, must stand by those in our African-American community, including Jews of color.
We are walking around now in fear of a plague, but we must remember our black brothers and sisters are always all the time walking around in fear of the plague of racism. Now is the time to act, to speak up, and to lean into relationship.
*Talk to Your Children:
If you have children and have not yet had a conversation with them about this week’s tragic events and the long history that has led up to this moment, now is the time. Even young children can engage in deep conversations about fairness and how we should not judge by the color of our skin. Older children can learn from you that racism is real, that protest has long been an American tradition, and that we cannot equate loss of life with loss of property. Teach them George Floyd’s name and that he deserves to be remembered. Here is a helpful resource:
The Exodus began, but is far from being completed. The work of racial justice is sacred and it needs each and every one of us. Let us help bring about a day when all people truly will know what it means to live and breathe freely.
Rabbi Jill Perlman
Cantor Leigh Korn
Rabbi Alissa Miller
Rabbi Jay LeVine
Rabbi Nicki Greninger
* Other resources from the Temple Isaiah letter were distributed into the areas of concern throughout this resource.
Temple Isaiah Book Discussion on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Monday, July 27 12pm-1pm
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Rabbi Perlman as we discuss the book White Fragility. This discussion is taking place within the context of Isaiah focusing on racial justice as a Jewish issue. Part of this work requires education and self-reflection, which is why we are choosing to read and discuss the work of Robin DiAngelo.
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Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
Northern California Islamic Council statement
Black American Muslim Youth Speak Out | Confronting Racism Virtual Town Hall
“Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massingale
Natural Saints: How People of Faith are Working to Save God’s Earth by Mallory McDuff
Climate Church, Climate World, How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal.
Catholic Resources for Racial Justice 2020
Required reading: A Black Catholic syllabus (U.S. Catholic)
JustFaith (Catholic & Ecumenical) Faith & Race Congregational Study Series:
Just Faith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbKzU9TJhrY&t=3586s
1 – Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege
2 – Faith and Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice, and Restoration
3 – Faith and Racial Justice: Changing Systems and Structures
St. Bonaventure’s Anti-Racism resource page, including their 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge.
White Fragility Discussion guide by Gail Firsyth-Vail (UU White Fragility Discussion Guide)
United Church of Christ
The following is a list of resources you can access to engage in anti-racism work.
Things to Listen to
For Young People
For families with young people
(not all appropriate for all ages of children)
- Filmography for Black History, Black Experience
- Bay Area cultural sites to visit(not recommended at this time)
- Talking with Kids about Race: Reading Between the Lines[curated list of reads]
Unity Walnut Creek
White Fragility Study Group
Eight sessions – Thurdays July 9 through August 27, 2020, 7-8:30 pm
Love offering of $10-$20 per session suggested.
Pre-Registration is required (See PayPal link on the Site)
Zoom log-In Information will be Sent to you at a later date
You may pre-pay for all sessions or pay per session
50% of the class proceeds will go to JusticeForMilesHall.org
Black Owned Businesses in CCC & the East Bay:
California Search: https://www.supportblackowned.com/states/ca
BAOBOB – Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses Directory App:
Bookstores: Please order the resources you can from Black-owned or local, independently owned bookstores, some of which are listed below.
Marcus Books in Oakland is the oldest Black-owned bookstore in the country, 60 years old this year. They aren’t taking online orders right now, but can be reached at 510-652-2344 to place orders. Their store is open at 3900 Martin Luther King Way (near MacAurthur BART), Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, for those willing to wear a mask. Please go in small groups, and use the hand sanitizer available there.
Multicultural Children’s Book Store is located at 2325 Hilltop Mall Drive, Richmond, but there are doing all of their orders online at https://www.multiculturalbookstore.com. You can see all the books they offer there. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gamara Shiloh 510-322-4781 or 510-209-3063. Great source for children’s books with diverse characters and topics.
Railroad Book Depot is a Black-managed store, managed by Janice Glover, the wife of Supervisor Federal Glove. It is is operated by Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation. It is located at 650 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, CA. They are open for phone orders, Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon telephone is 925-427-2334. New Books, Used Books, Consignment Sales and More at Pittsburg’s only independent bookstore. Their online bookstore is at https://www.railroadbookdepot.com/online-store.
Ashay By the Bay is an online Black-centered bookstore in Vallejo that’s operating online at https://ashaybythebay.com. Their website says that “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unexpected huge surge in orders, we are going to pause our store from July 1st – 15th to cach up. During this time you will be able to browse, but you won’t be able to make purchases or use Gift Cards. Our top priority right now is our customers with existing orders. Please know that we will continue to ship as quickly as possible and you can contact us regarding any delayed deliveries and expected ship dates. When we fully reopen our promotions will continue and life will go on. Thanks again for your understanding and patience. Ashay By The Bay” Keep them in mind for the future, and see the wide selection of books they have by age and grade groups.
Carol’s Book Store is a Black owned book store in Sacramento at 1913 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento. You can order online at https://carolsbookstore.com/shop or you can contact them at (916) 600-0151 or email@example.com.
Flashlight Books is at 1537 North Main Street, in Walnut Creek is open Wednesday to Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm. Contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to order or use their online presence at http://www.flashlightbooks.com or 925-278-1797. They have a table and one whole bookcase devoted to Anti-Racism books for folks to educate themselves on Anti-Blackness in America. The store is owned by three white women, one of whom is Jewish and two of whom are LGBTQ. Their main emphasis is children’s books with 20% for adults, but their mission is to include titles on diversity or with diverse characters of every kind. The “Anti-Racist Baby” book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is on back order until mid-July.
Rakestraw Books is 3 Railroad Avenue, in Danville and is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Order online at https://www.rakestrawbooks.com or call (925) 837-7337. They have some of the books in the store, but many books are on backorder or waitlisted. Personal masks are required and they provide hand sanitizer at the door to enter the store. More information on visiting the store is at https://www.rakestrawbooks.com/page/visiting.
Ways to Donate to the Black organizations doing the work:
Black Lives Matter Resources: How You Can Help Support Protesters & The Cause. https://hollywoodlife.com/feature/black-lives-matter-resources-protesters-4085856/
Consider giving to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a community-based non-profit in Minnesota that pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org
Black Visions Collective Minnesota, a Minnesota-based black, trans, and queer-led organization committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence, and shifting the public narrative to create transformative, long-term change. https://www.blackvisionsmn.org
Organizations & Training
- Coming to the Table
- Racial Equity Institute
- Undoing Racism
- Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training
- Race Forward
- Courageous Conversations
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Anti-Racist Alliance
- World Trust: Social Justice & Equity Movement Building
Websites/Lists/Collections of Resources
We Can’t Breathe: A Message from Western Oregon University Black Student Union Regarding #BlackLivesMatterhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hk9H40d2OtULYh83Y_8oBQaG0VhuAlTYYOdymxrexaE/mobilebasic
NJTESOL/NJBE Statement of Solidarity Against Anti-Black Racism : https://njtesol-njbe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Anti-Racism-statement.pdf
Becoming Anti-Racist Resource List from Rutgers: https://diversity.rutgers.edu/learn/becoming-anti-racist-resource-list
Washington University Race & Equity Initiative Anti-Racism Resources: https://www.washington.edu/raceequity/2020/06/10/race-and-equity-resources/
40+ Books for Anti-Racist Teachers
White Fragility Guide for Educators (WhiteFragilityGuide for Educators)
Race, Power and Policy: Dismantling Structural Racism: Racialization distorts all parts of the System https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/race_power_policy_workbook.pdf
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Resources against BLM skepticism: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SbI4NIqFrQ1gqOvt9LJxV4cfwF4dyfWolqJ-CRX3rfw/mobilebasic
Local Organizations or Chapters:
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ): https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/surj-network.html (see alsohttps://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/community-safety-campaign.html)
SURJ Contra Costa County: https://www.facebook.com/SURJCCC