The Abolitionist Teaching Network has just released a guide to abolitionist teaching and social&emotional learning. While it’s oriented to the K12 setting, and is not explicitly religious, the guide is very thoughtfully done and has much resonance for racial justice work.
Macalester College’s Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship recently hosted a webinar that was both deeply engaging and very insightful. It was led by the Dean of the Institute, Donna Maeda, and featured Duchess Harris, Professor, American Studies; Bill Hart, Professor, Religious Studies; Brian Lozenski, Associate Professor, Educational Studies; Kenjus Watson, Postdoctoral Fellow, San Francisco State University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Occidental College.
We continue to lament the ever increasing rise of police violence in the US. This project visualizes the names of more than 28,000 fatal encounters with police nationwide.
Many people in Catholic and Episcopal settings are familiar with the practices of a “way of the cross.” Here is a powerful interpretation of that practice, as seen through the experiences of people seeking asylum.
There’s been a lot of discussion lately about whether white people should be thinking of themselves as allies in the struggle for racial justice, or perhaps instead as accomplices, opening up spaces. Whatever your answer to that question you might find this guide to allyship useful. Buried in its massive set of links is this guide from the film company Bad Robot, to dismantling white supremacy in the workplace.
On June 17th, 2020, at 11:00 am central time, the AME and the ELCA will hold a liturgy in commemoration of the Emanuel 9, killed five years ago in Charleston, South Caroline. That liturgy will remain available following its premiere.
Too much has been happening the last few days to report it all here. But one resource that is worth reminding people about is The Marshall Project, which is focused on transforming our criminal justice system. They have created a series of short videos where people witness to their interactions with the system. It’s a great place to start from if you are working with people who have no idea how destructive and racist our systems are.
As this pandemic unfolds, it’s clear that the disease is not an equalizer. We’re still learning, but here is some initial data on COVID-19 and race.