Proposed Actions from Dismantling Racism Working Group

Below are some suggestions for education and action from the working group.

  • A few reading suggestions:
    • Just Mercy, by Brian Stevenson
    • A Good Time for the Truth: Race In Minnesota, ed. by Sun Yung Shin
    • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
    • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Stand Your Ground, by Kelly Brown Douglas
    • America’s Original Sin, by Jim Wallis
  • Movie suggestions:
    • “Hidden Figures”
    • “13TH” (Netflix)
    • “I Am Not Your Negro”
  • Listen to, pay attention, and support people who report personal and systemic racism. (For example, KMOJ, 89.9 FM, hosts community discussions on Sundays, noon to 2:00)
  • Speak with people you know about the need for reconciliation due to racist policies and practices.
    • Start a discussion group, such as Civil Dinners to talk about how racism has divided people and how to heal the divisions. Hosting or attending a meal through this campaign can help “burst our bubbles” and connect us.  The first meal topic is all around Beloved Community: http://www.civicdinners.com
    • Talk to your family members about racism.
    • Ask young people about racism they see in their schools and lives; ask what they do.
    • Attend a meeting with Discussions that Encounter, which meets the second and fourth Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30, at either St. Olaf or Philipps Community Center for a meal and discussion (Discussions that Encounter brochure)
  • Greet your neighbors.
  • Practice seeing God in each person you meet.
  • Ask schools in poor neighborhoods about volunteering (e.g. Ascension School would like volunteers to read to children)
  • Help ensure the right to vote for all.
  • View community discussions about changing policing on the City of Falcon Heights’ website, following Philando Castile’s death (Overview of Falcon Heights’ task force, Task force agendas).
  • Send an email to the Department of Justice (CRITA@usdoj.gov) recommending de-escalation and anti-bias training for police officers.
  • Ask your city council how your police department is trained to de-escalate situations, how they are trained to recognize and address inherent bias and what resources they have and would need to do so.
  • Support criminal justice reform as people of color are treated differently than white people for the same offenses.
  • Attend courtroom proceedings and sit in the front row to help judges know that members of the public are watching them.

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