These times are challenging beyond compare and we have something that can help you, now. Multiple times every day, I read, see, hear and feel how we’re experiencing an unprecedented time of uncertainty. Personally, in our communities and throughout our planet, we’re living with health crises, ecological devastation, political and economic turmoil and systemic racism and injustice. We don’t know when the impacts of all this will end, how it will end, and what our lives and the world will look like in the near or distant future.
It’s been two weeks since the murder of George Floyd, and the launch of massive demonstrations against anti-black racism around the globe. In our previous newsletter we shared that among other things, we’re committed to using our platforms to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Below are two opportunities to listen and learn.
Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada
Yesterday we listened to Resistance and Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada, a powerful panel of seven Black women hosted by Feminists Deliver. The moderator and participants were: Angela Marie MacDougall, Dr. Yvonne Brown, Cicely Blain, Denise Goldberg, Dr. June Francis, Junie Désil and Natasha Tony. We are grateful for the opportunity to listen, and highly recommend you access the recording on this facebook page. (You may need to scroll down to find it). These activists and scholars discuss white supremacy, systemic and institutionalized racism, defunding the police, performative versus action-oriented activism, and Black history in Canada and how it compares to the US.
What’s a Good Death in a Racist Society?
Tomorrow, June 10, at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, we’ll be tuning into a 90-minute webinar called “Sayin’ It Louder: A Conversation about “A Good Death” in a Racist Society. The host, Alua Arthur of Going with Grace, and five other Black funeral and death-care professionals will discuss:
- Racism and grief from their perspectives
- Confronting racism disguised as implicit bias that exists against Black workers, Black deceased and patrons of their families
- Creating a centralized database of grief resources for POC to access
The panelists are: Joél Simone Anthony, Alica Forneret, Naomi Edmondson, Oceana Sawyer, and Lashanna Williams. We hope you’ll join us.
We’re committed to being strong allies by listening, learning, and taking action including amplifying BIPOC voices.
What about you?
What are you learning?
What actions are you taking?