Safe Communities Survivor Voices Series: Thursday February 18th, Pauline Zimmerman, author
I Heard and I Saw Before I Knew
Interviewer: Linda Crockett, Director of Safe Communities
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Yes, I used the exact same title as last year’s post. Because it’s still true and more salient than ever!
In this time of critical mass, we have an opportunity to make changes at every level. Governor Wolf just declared Juneteenth a state holiday.
Time to make Juneteenth a federal holiday!
Original Juneteenth order found in the National Archives:
Some ways to help others:
And some ways to help yourself. We need you alive and doing okay!
The emotional impact of watching white people wake up to racism:
Medical professionals bias tiktok:
“Dear fellow White ladies” video:
White progressive backlash:
“This google doc was thoughtfully put together for white people and white parents. Read, teach your children, others, and more importantly yourselves. Do NOT rest on the laurels of black people and expect them to continue to do the work for you.”:
DC physician’s Detroit childhood Girl Scouts experience:
How to show support to Black colleagues:
For White academics:
Your Black colleagues aren’t okay:
“Dear White People: this is what we want you to do”:
“White folks wanting to help? Here’s your one freebie”:
Thread of reading list recommendations from Victoria Alexander:
The Anti-racist book list:
Book recommendations to share with young readers from Kathie MacIsaac:
Someone said I did a racism, now what?
What to say when someone says something racist or bigoted in everyday situations:
Saturday, 6/13, 10:00 am:
This workshop is aimed at helping White women (trans-inclusive, NB-inclusive) to understand and work on their own racism/ gain understanding of systemic racism. (Women of any race may attend, but Black and Brown women may find it remedial!)
Emphasis on movement perspective of connection, cooperation, safety, kindness, trust, and inclusion, rather than the western-masculine model of critical and exclusionary activism.
WHAT really is race?
WHY is race hard to talk about?
WHY is “White women” a charged term?
HOW does feminism fit in?
HOW can we heal racism?
WHAT can White women do to help?
Presented by Dr. Liz Yaelingh-Scoffins of Intersectional Life Counseling & Psychology
$25 (or request scholarship if needed)
BIPOC may attend for free using the code: BiPOC
20% of proceeds will be donated to the BLM cause (TBD).
Register Here: http://www.ombabycenter.com/race-action.html
Zoom link will be provided in a reminder e-mail prior to the workshop.
Furthermore, no matter how hard we work on it, no one owes you or me absolution. That’s not how this works. Become better because it’s the right thing to do and will make society better for all of us.
Look at this: future universities will have entire specializations in the study of the 2020s.
Turbulent times with great disparity in who is affected are likely to lead to social unrest. Medically, financially, socially, emotionally, and legally, marginalized groups have been dealt an incredibly disproportionate blow by the events of this year.
The killing of George Floyd was a tipping point. We all have a choice now. Will you contribute to peace? How are you using your voice?
By contributing to justice. By combating injustice. By helping when you can help. By educating yourself. By understanding the context in which we all–not just any one of us–live. By helping others to understand as well.
Reverend Belita Mitchell (First Church of the Brethren in Harrisburg) on peace-building in 2014. First video in a series*.
“How are justice and peace related in your thinking or your experience?” (5:00)
If you are someone in a dominant social group, there is no need to burn or break anything to make yourself heard. Authorities and media attend well to peaceful protests from White people.
In fact, you don’t even need to take to the streets. Just speaking up when you hear unjust or racist words spoken is incredibly helpful. (Here is a very helpful and practical list of ways to speak up against bigotry in many settings.)
When we truly know justice, we will truly know peace. ❤️
I’ve heard that a number of you played roles in or watched Godspell as a musical number at your youth groups or summer camps. I never did. But I did see the movie as a child and we had the vinyl album at home, which I’m pretty sure I wore out memorizing the songs.
At the time this movie came out it was considered very hippie and almost heretical, though by today’s standards it may seem pretty tame.
Have you ever really listened to the words, though? Do you get them?
A widespread crisis is a risk to all, but it will always have worse effects on those who are in any marginalized group. Tynisa Walker has a son who is 15 and autistic. She fears for him daily, but especially now that there is unrest. She is pleading for his life.
Maya Richardson has some good mental health recommendations for Black people, especially Black youth who may be newly exposed to the threats and dangers of living in this society:
If you are White and you don’t know where to start with understanding race issues in America, you can start here: Someone Said I Did A Racism; Now What? A Guide
You might also consider watching When They See Us, currently available on Netflix.