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An Invitation to Challenge White Supremacy
Dear Friends –
We were heartened by the energy and commitment at Sessions this year to deepen our work of challenging white supremacy and working for racial justice. Throughout the week, we heard the call for us to both do more internal work among Friends and more external work out in the world. We invite each of you reading this to make a commitment this month to more deeply engage in the work of challenging white supremacy and working for racial justice. We offer the following resources to support you in your on-going learning and action.
As the Challenging White Supremacy Working Group in NEYM, we are a resource and conduit for the work of local meetings and Friends. Please let us know what you are doing and what you need to keep doing the work. We can be reached at [email protected]
In faith and service,
Susan Davies, clerk; Xinef Afriam, Fran Brokaw, Jeremiah Dickinson, Lisa Graustein, Anita Mendes, Carole Rein, Julie de Sherbinin, and Mary Zwirner
An article on the language of polite white supremacy
ColorLines —award-winning journalism on U.S. current events from a racial justice and intersectional perspective
An article on the hidden racism in spiritually progressive language and groups
Workshop materials, reading lists, and many other resources of the Racial, Social, and Economic Justice Committee
For Parents & First Day School Teachers:
My Reflection Matters: on-line resource for books curricula, and resources for multi-racial youth
Free racial justice curriculum for junior high and high school First Day school; can also be used for intergenerational programs at meetings
Friends Committee on National Legislation—information on pending legislation and what to say to your representatives.
The following are regional and national organizations dedicated to justice and focusing on groups who are particularly targeted right now. They all offer information, ways to engage, and opportunities to support their work.
- Asian American Resource Workshop
- Black Lives Matter
- Centro Presente
- Council on American Islamic Relations
- Life After Hate
- North American Indian Center of Boston
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
While we pray for justice and peace, we also want to remind Friends of these two resources for responding to local and national injustices: