“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin
Here are some ideas that we have gathered if you are wondering how you can participate in healing the long standing injustices facing our world:
❤️ Connect with community. Listen.
❤️ Connect to nature. Listen.
❤️ Make sure you are registered to vote and VOTE. Local elections are important!
❤️ Connect with, listen, support, follow and donate to organizations working for justice. Here are some:
- Black Lives Matter
- Campaign Zero (police accountability)
- The Bail Project
- Poor People's Campaign
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- National Bail Fund Network (to find bail funds in your area)
- The Innocence Project
- Fair Fight (organizing against voter suppression)
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- African American Policy Institute
For white folks specifically:
It's incumbent upon white people to humbly listen to and bear witness to the experiences of communities of color. What affects one, affects us all. It's not enough to not be racist ourselves but to actively practice anti-racism. If a social media post or a donation could fix this, it would be done already. As with all evolutionary process, it will take inner and outer work. And it will get uncomfortable. Failing and missing the mark is part of the process so don't let that stop you. In the words of Samuel Beckett "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
❤️ LISTEN and learn from the organizations above and people of color sharing their stories. Be open to what is uncomfortable. There are plenty of stories to learn from and many different perspectives. Below are some podcasts worth checking out - there are many more:
United States of Anxiety - from WNYC
Hear to Slay with Roxanne Gay & Tressie McMillam Cottom - from Luminary Media
White Lies - NPR
What Matters - Black Lives Matter
❤️ Do the heart work of examining your own shadows and complicity in a white culture's dominance. Shadow in this context means you are not aware or conscious of something - this is not a cudgel to beat yourself up, but an exploration with compassion as to where you can heal so as to help stop the cycle. Seek guidance of a qualified counselor if needed.
❤️ Explore some of the anti-rascism resources available. Here are a couple:
How to be an Antiracist by Ibrahim X. Kendi (Start a book club perhaps?)
❤️ All of the above will guide you to your next right actions.