Black Lives Matter -- Resources to Take Action

Harmony Way has supported and worked with people of color, as well as people of all gender identities, economic backgrounds, sexual identities and abilities/disabilities since it was opened in 2009. Everyone is welcome here. We have loved, appreciated and supported diversity, inclusion and social justice since Harmony Way was founded. To say we are outraged and horrified by the state of the criminal justice system and with the inherent racism woven into the fabric of this country is a huge understatement. This is a dire civil and human rights issue. It is time for those who do not identify as people of color to examine themselves and their own white privilege, along with their thoughts, their words, their actions and to get comfortable with their discomfort as they work on healing and growing out of old beliefs and ideas, coming forward to stand in support in any ways that they can with the BIPOC community.


In addition to donating money to many of the organizations and causes listed below, signing petitions, providing education to those who do not identify as people of color and advocating for just and compassionate societal change, Harmony Way is offering professional assistance. If you are a person of color who is taking your power back and recovering from trauma stemming from institutional/police/systemic racism, we pledge any of our services FREE OF CHARGE to help.


First, what can you do to help prevent & stop racially-instigated violence if you don't identify as a person of color (POC)? There are many ways in which you can be of assistance as someone who has experienced white privilege & can provide support. 💖 Here are a few ideas:


1. Listen to & believe POC, especially if they share stories of their own trauma experiences due to racial discrimination/violence. Keep your heart & mind open. Be loving. Be gentle. Be kind. Be respectful. Be generous. Be a safe space. Offer your support.


2. Speak up (loudly, if necessary) when you see something unjust (including racially charged propaganda/aggressive behavior & especially police profiling & brutality). Take action. DON'T be a bystander! If you are a bystander, you are allowing & encouraging racism & violence toward POC.


3. Get involved & volunteer your time & services. You can join a variety of organizations to provide your support & assistance.


4. If you are supporting the community by protesting or attending a rally, help whenever & however you can, especially if anyone is injured by the police. Are you willing to put yourself between the POC who are present & the police to form a barrier of protection? Act in a supportive role for the agenda of those organizing the protest. Don't instigate violence or looting (which could later be wrongly blamed on POC who were present & did not engage in this behavior) & be willing to speak up/advocate for & to protect the POC who are present.


5. Educate others, set a positive example in how you speak to & treat others with respect & stop racist speech when you hear it. Don't be afraid to have uncomfortable conversations. They are necessary sometimes, especially now.


6. Donate to causes & organizations, write letters, make phone calls and sign petitions that are helping POC, such as: Minnesota Freedom Fund, Movement for Black Lives, Poor People's Campaign, NAACP & many others (full list of resources and links below).


7. There are many other things you can do to be of support. The time is NOW to help in any ways that you can to end violence & injustice against marginalized groups.


Below you will find a list of resources to provide your support in whatever way(s) you can. There is also a list of recommended reading/viewing to help with education, compassion and empathy for those who do not identify as people of color. NOW is the time to take civil rights action in support and to change systems that are endemically racist and unjust in our society.



Local Resources (Massachusetts):


Undoing Racism Organizing Collective of Western Mass

The Sojourner Truth School For Social Change Leadership

Black Lives Matter

Arise For Social Justice

Embrace Race

Abolition Network



National Organizations Where You Can Donate, Learn More & Sign Petitions:


8 Can't Wait/Campaign Zero

Grassroots Law Project

NAACP

Poor People's Campaign

Color of Change

Mijente

The Bail Project

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Reclaim the Block

National Bail Out

Black Visions Collective

National Bail Fund Network

The Innocence Project

Run With Maud

Justice for Breonna

Soul Fire Farm

Outdoor Afro

National Resources Master List

Ways You Can Help



Recommended Viewing/Listening/Reading:


How Black Farmers Were Stripped of Their Land

Being Black While in Nature

Birding While Black

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

Kindred, by Octavia Butler

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

Passing, by Nella Larsen

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Sister Outsider: Essays And Speeches, by Audre Lorde

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Fire Shut up in my Bones, by Charles M. Blow

Not Without Laughter, by Langston Hughes

Salvage The Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

How to be Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What we See, Think, And do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

White Fragility: Why It's so Hard For White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

The Black And The Blue: A Cop Reveals The Crimes, Racism, And Injustice in America's Law Enforcement, by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris

Ain't I a Black Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, by John Hope Franklin

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead



Books for Children/Teens:


The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas

Not my Idea: by Anastasia Higginbothom

A is For Activist, by Innosanto Nagara

Kid Activists, by Robin Stevenson

Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson

Separate is Never Equal, by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong'o

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña

Let the Children March, by Monica Clark-Robinson

Malala's Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai



Recommended Films on Netflix And Elsewhere:


Becoming

The Help

For Colored Girls

Malcolm X

American Son

The Color Purple

Feel Rich

Dear White People

Self-Made: Inspired by The Life of Madam CJ Walker

Selma

Beloved

When They See us

Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See us Now

13th

13th: Conversation With Oprah And Ava DuVernay

A Raisin in The Sun

Just Mercy

Roots

Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce

Nappily Ever After

Precious



Additional Reading/Viewing:


Where We Come From, by Oscar Cásares

The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez

The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

Taína, by Ernesto Quiñonez

The Grief Keeper, by Alexandra Villasante

Before We Were Free, by Julia Alvarez

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

Bodega Dreams, by Ernesto Quiñonez

Prayers for the Stolen, by Jennifer Clement

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera

Absentee Indians and Other Poems, by Kimberly Blaeser

Indian Singing in 20th Century America, by Gail Tremblay

The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, by Paula Gunn Allen

Nothing but the Truth : An Anthology of Native American Literature, by John L. Purdy

Halfbreed, by Maria Campbell

House Made of Dawn, by N. Scott Momaday

Smoke Signals, by Sherman Alexie

Native American Literature: An Anthology, by Lawana Trout

An Indigenous Peoples' History of The United States For Young People, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples' History of The United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

An African American And Latinx History of The United States, by Paul Ortiz

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by Andrés Reséndez

The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Native Speaker, by Chang-rae Lee

The Bonesetter's Daughter, by Amy Tan

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The Buddha in The Attic, by Julie Otsuka

The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston

Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan


Edge of America

Native America (PBS)

Reel Injun

Smoke Signals

Stand and Deliver

Quinceañera

Stolen Education

Underwater Dreams

Refugee

Asian Americans (PBS)

The Farewell

The Joy Luck Club

Crazy Rich Asians





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