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The Richmond Pledge to End Racism monthly newsletter in 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. 

In this issue, we wish to highlight local organizations that are doing work on the front lines.  Visit their website, follow them on social media, support them financially, pay attention to their calls to action, and do something!

July 2020

97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice 

**This article is continually updated to ensure each item is accurate and needed today, so sharing it again to remind you to keep checking it!**
Looking for local organizations doing the hard and necessary work of dismantling racist systems?  Find your passion and engage!

Upcoming Events

Ibram X. Kendi on "How to Be an Antiracist"

  • Monday, July 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. EDT

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope.  Register to receive the streaming links via email.

Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues

  • Tuesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. EDT

As the 2020 election draws near, the Living Legacy Project is offering a monthly online series focused on voting rights. In these sessions, we'll be exploring what we can learn from the Voting Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s to apply to the challenges we face today in these unprecedented times.  This third program in the series includes four young adult voting rights activists, Terriyana Bailey, Marquise Hunt, and Latrice Johnson from Tougaloo College, and Ahmad H. Jackson from Nazareth College, who are changing the world with their passion and commitment, moderated by Reggie Harris.  Register here for this free program.

Stay Informed

Richmond Policing Policies 2020 - This is a spreadsheet that Summer Morris, Ninth District Richmond Council Liaison, has put together with the new proposals in front of the Richmond city council regarding policing. Included are links to track their status and the names of the patrons.

"What it really means to be an anti-racist, and why it's not the same as being an ally" - by Hillary Hoffower, June 8, 2020, Business Insider.  "Black lives (and voices) have been marginalized and silenced to the point of death for centuries. They've been trying to tell us about the deadly problem of institutionalized racism; the white community has not been listening to them and has not been acting to fix it."

"This is what an antiracist America would look like. How do we get there?" - by Ibram X. Kendi, December 6, 2018, The Guardian.  "What about an antiracist society where racism is no longer intersecting with other bigotries to manipulate people away from their self-interests? Where we reframe the achievement gap as the opportunity gap? Where love and hope guide us, instead of fear and white fragility? ... Where we all can be fully human through embracing humanity fully?"

Living the Pledge Workshop News

We are excited to announce that we are developing a virtual version of our 12-hour Living the Pledge Workshop.  

The workshop will consist of six Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, starting August 12 and running through September 23. (we’ll take September 2 off).  An optional "Get Familiar with the Technology" session will be offered August 5, 6:30pm.

Each week participants will be asked to prepare by reading articles and watching videos that cover the major topic of the module. Participants will be assigned to a small group that will meet each week as part of the two-hour session.  (Attendance at every session is extremely important!) Sessions will also include large group presentations and conversation.  

We have reserved space for those who registered for our canceled Spring workshop and will be in touch shortly.  By July 15, we will open registration to the public.  Watch your email for more info and help us spread the word!

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The Richmond Pledge to End Racism monthly newsletter is designed to help us maintain and build upon our pledge commitments.  We hope this newsletter will be helpful.  We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

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