Anti-racist work in Colorado Springs
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- Follow and support the work led by people of color. NAACP Colorado Springs and Empowerment Solidarity Network are working to address injustice in many forms. Chinook Center is another local group offering social justice learning opportunities. Citizens Project is a part of the Justice 4 De’Von Editorial Board, a group working to redress and prevent injustice towards Black and Brown youth by police violence. You can find the Justice 4 De’Von Facebook and website hyperlinked here and here. For Denver-based and statewide work, follow Black Lives Matter 5280.
- Join Stephany Rose Spaulding in her call for a Truth and Conciliation Commission. Take the pledge and commit to the lifelong work of undoing racial injustice. Follow Truth and Conciliation on Facebook for updates.
- Do the work of unlearning racism and becoming anti-racist. A good place to start is joining the local SURJ Chapter (Showing Up for Racial Justice). You can also follow this link for a large resource page for anti-racist learning. You can find hyperlinked here a scaffolded resource list for anti-racist learning, so that you can find sources that match your level of understanding and growth. Work on yourself through this Racial Equity and Liberation virtual learning series.
- Integrate anti-racist principles into your everyday work, and re-evaluate how you or institutions you are connected with participate in policing. We can work on this in schools: hyper-linked here is a document that can walk you through efforts to remove policing from schools in Colorado Springs. Similarly, if you are a college student or alumn, you can write your school to cut ties with police (University of Minnesota did this after the murder of George Floyd). Churches and other places of worship can make the choice to not call the police.
- Check out this resource guide for “26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets”
- Show up. Support protests led by people of color. LISTEN to Black people and those impacted by police violence. Here are protest guidelines for white accomplices: compiled by SURJ Denver.
- Donate to Black-led groups working for racial justice. Colorado Freedom Fund bonds out people from jail. Black Lives Matter 5280 organizes for racial justice in Colorado. You can also support locally by donating to the bail fund for protestors arrested in Colorado Springs for speaking up against police brutality.
- Support Black-owned businesses in our city.
- As a part of our work in anti-racism, we must continue educating ourselves. If you are white, you must put in the work every day to understand your whiteness and the racism you hold. Join us in these vital discussions. We are hosting a regular book discussion group, where we will read various texts together. This is an ongoing group, but new people are always welcome to join. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join us, and we will set up dates to meet that work best for everyone.
Reading, Listening, Watching List
- The End of Policing, Alex S. Vitale
- How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
- Nobody, Marc Lamont Hill
- Are Prisons Obsolete?, Angela Davis
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?, Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price
- Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur
- The Condemnation of Blackness, Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen
- 1619, The New York Times
- Code Switch, NPR
- Seeing White, Scene on Radio
- Uncivil, Gimlet Media
- Teaching Hard History, Teaching Tolerance
- When They See Us, available on Netflix
- Who Killed Malcolm X?, available on Netflix
- Just Mercy, available on Youtube
- I Am Not Your Negro- James Baldwin and Race in America, available on Kanopy (through PPLD)
- 13th, available on Netflix