Across the U.S. and the world, people are rising up to demand transformational action to stop the murder of Black people by police and other injustices that have endangered the safety, health, and well-being of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) for hundreds of years.
New Leaf strongly stands in solidarity with anti-racism and disrupting anti-Blackness movements and is committed to taking anti-racist action. As a white woman, I am committed to showing up as a better co-conspirator in the movement (watch Dr. Bettina Love explain the difference between an ally and a co-conspirator).
This means that I have to do more than like some Facebook posts and show up at a protest, thinking that I’ve done my part. I have to be committed over the long haul. I will continue to take action and use my privilege, my body, my resources to support the movement. I will continue to educate myself, and not ask people of color to do any labor for me that I can and should do for myself.
One of my teachers, Dr. Leslie Hinkson, calls for all people to come together to take anti-racist action, with energy and optimism. We can listen to and follow thought leaders of color, support campaigns and organizations led by people of color, and buy from businesses owned by people of color. We can write to our legislators, march in the streets, show up on Juneteenth Day. We can have conversations with friends and family about issues such as defunding the police, the history of race in the US, and the public health crisis of racism. Most importantly, we can vote.
Act. Donate. Speak. Learn. Vote.
We can do this, together.
Black Lives Matter Movement
- Register to Vote by Black Lives Matter
- Love on Black Women
- SURJ (Show Up for Racial Justice)
- YWCA: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
- Defunding Vs. Abolishing The Police Explained In 6 Minutes by Joseph Capehart
Resources for Self-Education:
- The Anti-Racism Starter Kit by L. Glenise Pike
- The Case for Reparations video from Democracy Now with Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Racism as Public Health Emergency article in The Guardian
- Birth of a White Nation video by Jacqueline Battalora
Supporting Black-owned Business
These are resources for Milwaukee, WI – research and find similar resources in your community.