Diversity and Equity Exploration Team

The mission of this team is to provide opportunities to all members to embark on their own personal racial justice journeys, to work on assessing how our congregation’s policies and culture can be more liberating, and to find ways to support the community in making meaningful change. We have offered resources and outlets for members to explore and discuss their views.  Examples include movie, book and podcast recommendations, followed by discussions, introspective sharing of personal stories in small groups with trained facilitators and opportunities for local multicultural civic engagement, just to name a few. One big step we took last year was a congregational vote to adopt the 8th Principle, which means we set the expectation that as a congregation we accountable dismantle racism and other oppressions within ourselves and our institutions.

We are open to new members and hope that this team will include a variety of perspectives.

We recommend everyone read these resources, for both why we are doing anti-racism work as a UU congregation, and why everyone should keep trying to make the world a better place.
Preface, “Widening the Circle of Concern,” UUA Commission on Institutional Change (2020)

Despair is Not a Strategy

Anti-Racism Resources

We have separated our resources into several categories for the purpose of making it easier for anyone to find something that is relevant to them or what they are looking for at the moment.  We have “Multiracial Antiracism Resources” “Resources for BIPOC,” and “Resources for White People.”These are certainly not comprehensive and will be updated periodically.

 

Multiracial AntiRacism Resources

Race Forward   http://raceforward.org/Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RaceForward/

Colorlines (news, analysis) http://www.colorlines.com/

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing http://crossroadsantiracism.org/

UU’s Resisting New Jim Crow and Mass Incarceration  Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/groups/uusresistingnewjimcrow/

Beyond Diversity Resource Center:     http://beyonddiversity.org/  Anti-Racist Cookbook and Great White Elephant

“White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okum

Southern Poverty Law Center

Brandeis Institute for Economic and Racial Equity Resource Lists https://heller.brandeis.edu/diversity/learning/readings.html

Resources for White People

A Collection of anti-racism resources for white people at different stages of racial awareness

“The Distress of the Privileged” by Unitarian Universalist writer/blogger Doug Muder

Why Are We Talking About White Supremacy?

How the South Won The Civil War, Heather Cox Richardson

Resources for land acknowledgement: https://usdac.us/nativeland

SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice | White People   http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShowingUpForRacialJusticesurj

Tim Wise     http://www.timwise.org/   Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Wise/140254320968?fref=ts

Paul Kivel Articles: http://www.paulkivel.com/

Allies for Racial Equity Website – http://alliesforracialequity.wildapricot.org/    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uuallies/timeline

7 Day Antiracism Challenge https://heller.brandeis.edu/diversity/learning/antiracism-challenge.html

Stop AAPI Hate: Towards Prevention and Solidarity (Act to Change, YouTube, March 2021)

Asian American History https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/

1619 Project Podcasts https://www.nytimes.com/column/1619-project

I Wish People Supported the Asian Community the Way They Do Our Wellness Practices (Well + Good, March 2021)

Innovation and Risktaking for UU Congregations, from Widening the Circle of Concern report by the UUA Commission on Institutional Change.

 

Resources for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)

Racial Identity Development, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Why Are We Talking About White Supremacy? Crystal M. Fleming, UU World Winter 2018

Preface to Widening the Circle of Concern, by the UUA Commission on Institutional Change.

Black Lives Matter http://blacklivesmatter.com/   Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatter?fref=ts

Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DRUUMM?fref=ts

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Resources for land acknowledgement: https://usdac.us/nativeland

UU Multicultural Youth Conference https://www.uua.org/youth/events/multicultural-leadership-school

Innovation and Risktaking for UU Congregations, from Widening the Circle of Concern report by the UUA Commission on Institutional Change.

Humor: Black People Like Us: http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/

Blog: Black Girl in Maine: https://www.blackgirlinmaine.com/

Blog: Ijeoma Uluo:https://medium.com/@IjeomaOluo

Stop AAPI Hate: Towards Prevention and Solidarity (Act to Change, YouTube, March 2021)

Asian American History https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/

I Grew Up Latinx & Disabled – & I’m Creating the Change I Want to See (Refinery29, September 2021)

Unidos US

Understanding and Measuring Bias Against Latinos, Northeastern Institute on Race And Justice

Podcasts

  • Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation. Latino USA  
  • Militantly Mixed
  • CodeSwitch What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts’ first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.
  • Asian Americanana

Mental Health and Self-Care

 

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