We are once again navigating anguish, anger, mourning in the Twin Cities, after Minneapolis police shot Amir Locke to death in the apartment he was sleeping in.
It is challenging to stay focused on transformative work, but grief demands it. Here is a useful toolkit on restorative justice, a good place for people to begin with.
The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is doing some cool work with data stories. Check out this one on systemic racism.
Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project embraces Indigenous value systems that have bolstered communities since the beginning of time. To heal, we must recognize that we are in relationship with Earth, a place that was in balance for millennia. This short film series and multimedia platform, made in partnership with Indigenous storytellers and their communities worldwide, invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being.
I’m not sure I resonate with all of the choices on this list, or the alternatives they suggest, but I think it’s a fascinating glimpse into the current complexity of language particularly as we think about systems of oppression.
This is a name that will persist in agony. It is the name whereby a residential school in British Columbia is known, a school where the remains of 215 children were found buried in unmarked graves.
As we struggle to engage the deep wound that this discovery makes clear, we also have to recognize how deep the wounding of indigenous communities by Christian communities who operated residential schools remains.
In the days to come we will post more resources, but here is a basic set to begin with.
Several of us use the power flower exercise in our work, and here are two updated versions of the exercise. One from We Rise and one from the Greater Toronto area community board.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice has been holding powerful bystander trainings to help people interrupt hate. You can find a list of the trainings, and ways to register at their website. Many of them are even free!
Every year different groups come out with lists of books to engage over the summer. This list, from the YWCA of Boson (which is deeply committed to dismantling racism) has put out a really interesting list for this summer. I’ve loved many of the books on this list, which drives me to read the ones I have not yet read.