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The Richmond Pledge to End Racism monthly newsletter is an effort to help us maintain and build upon our pledge commitments. 

This moment in our nation demands our attention.  We cannot ignore it and we cannot sit things out, even if the work that needs to be done feels so overwhelming. 

September 2020

Upcoming Events

How to Be An Antiracist: The 2020 Election & Beyond

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Join the St. Louis University School of Social Work as they present Professor Ibram X. Kendi and “How To Be An Antiracist: The 2020 Election & Beyond.”  The event is free but registration is required.

Racial Equity in Community Engagement

  • Wednesdays, September 23 - October 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Virginia Community Voice is offering a four-part training series for institutional leaders in September & October on how to center racial equity in community engagement right now.  Registration is for four dates. Each session is 1.5 hours long. If you register, please plan to attend all four sessions (September 23, 30, October 7, 14)  Space is limited.  Learn more and register here.

Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues

  • Tuesday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

In our ongoing series, join us as we talk with national organizers, including Ashley Horan, Organizing Strategy Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association and Director of the UU the Vote Campaign, about the stakes, how to amplify your voting voice, and how to engage others to maximize turnout in 2020.  Don't miss this vitally important program.  Learn more and register here.

Recorded Events

Race And The White Ally Toolkit: A Virtual Community Conversation

Among the best we've heard about how to have a conversation about race with those you disagree with. White Ally Toolkit founder Dr. David Campt discusses strategies for more effective discourse about race and steps through the details of his R.A.C.E. Method, developed using best practices of non-violent communication and the neuroscience of persuasion. Campt and WFDD's David Ford role-played how this method might unfold in a conversation. 

Living the Pledge Workshop News

We have reached the mid-point of our inaugural virtual Living the Pledge Workshop and preliminary feedback from participants and facilitators has been overwhelmingly positive.

We are actively recruiting facilitators and leaders for our next workshop which will take place on Saturday mornings, October 10 - November 21. If you are a trained facilitator and have not yet responded with your availability, please do so. 

Even though registration is not yet open, continue to encourage folks to put themselves on our waitlist as we will notify those people first when registration is open. We'll also send notice to this list.

This daily newsletter offers an overview on current events and applies an anti-racism lens. Learn how practices embedded in our politics, the criminal justice system, and workplaces enforce systemic oppression - and what you can do about it! Each issue contains solid information and daily actions to help end racism.  Review their archives and subscribe!

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Spreading the Word about the Pledge

Postcards are available at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 1000 Blanton Avenue on the social justice table. Please help yourself and let us know if you are going to an event where you might distribute them.  A limited number of bumper stickers are also still available at the church building for Pledge signers.

You may also download an electronic version of the card to pass along via email. 

Pledge yardsign

We also have a few double-sided yard signs still available.  We are requesting a donation of $12.50 apiece (about half of the cost). You can place your order here and it will be delivered to you.  If you’d like to have a sign but aren’t able to pay for it at this time, let us know and we can provide one.

103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice 

**This article continues to be updated to ensure each item is accurate and needed today, so we will keep sharing it to remind you to keep checking it!**
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