Racial Justice Statement & Resources
The world and our hearts are heavy after watching the videos of George Floyd, a Black man and father of five, die at the hands of e a White Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020. The death of Mr. Floyd, along with Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and the many thousands before them, has generated a yearning to better understand the breadth and depth of racism in America and what actions one person can take. We also want to honor the pain that People of Color have endured and are enduring now.
ALF Oregon has provided this list of articles, books, podcasts and other lists to learn more and to understand what you can do to advance equity and safety in your community and in Oregon. The list begins with resources for People of Color, ways to find support and hear from others putting to words what you have gone through and are going through now.
If you have suggestions for additional resources or articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources and Readings For People of Color
Resources to Better Understand the Breadth and Depth of Racism in America.
Books - All were read and suggested by Senior Fellows. (links are to Powell's books but find wherever you purchase books)
Daily Readings Broken Down By Time Each Day
An Even Longer List of Resources...
As you read these articles, dialogue with friends and family to get comfortable with talking about racism, white privilege, and white supremacy. Find someone whom you can discuss these articles.
For those in power in your community, you could:
• conduct regular reviews to determine if indiscriminate racial profiling is taking place in local organizations and in particular with law enforcement agencies.• make it easier for community residents to report police misconduct.• create civilian review boards with independent power to discipline officers or recommend discipline for officers that will actually be enforced.• demand that state legislators facilitate legislation to make it easier to prosecute police misconduct in Oregon Note: If you don't already know, click here to find your own legislators. • make police officers pay damages for police brutality out of their own pockets.
• implement mandatory training for court officers to recognize and reduce jury bias against defendants and plaintiffs who may be a member of a marginalized group or formerly incarcerated.
• examine whether abusive police practices are allowed in law enforcement agencies, such as police choke holds.
• talk to other leaders about advancing racial equity in your community.
We welcome your thoughts and additional resources. Contact Lisa Watson, Executive Director, at email@example.com or Kelley Whitmore, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.