Public Allies Launches Bi-Weekly Discussions on Equity
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
We at Public Allies work to dismantle systems of inequity, racism and oppression in our country by helping young people—mostly of color and many of them Black—find their voice and step into their leadership. We are proud of our alumni, who are a powerful, passionate and illustrious group of leaders and advocates across all sectors. Yet decades into our and others’ work, it’s clear we still have so much left to do.
The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others, in addition to the discrimination against Christian Cooper, are a reflection of the fear-based, exclusionary mindsets that underlie many of our laws and systems and much of our culture. The same can be said of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on our Black and Brown communities. The time is now. A “new normal” is being established in our country. We must embrace this opportunity to root out the biases inherent in many of our systems and rules. And we must accelerate progress through an infusion of leadership with a firsthand understanding of what it’s like to try to thrive in a racist world. Black lives not only matter, they are critical to ensuring our country’s promise and to an enduring and prosperous future that is built by and for everyone.
We invite our community to join us for our bi-weekly Discussions on Equity.
This is an engagement group to read, listen, and view resources about how to be better Allies in underrepresented communities. The goal is to facilitate discussions, ask questions, and encourage growth. This group with begin by focusing on anti-racism.
The topics to follow have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to host these sessions bi-weekly, working through the materials and unpackaging the topic of racial justice and systems of oppression in Black, Indigenous, POC and SOGI communities and elevating our own voices in support of inclusive spaces.
To participate in the discussions, please fill out this form or email Sarai Richter or Lou Haiduk at Public Allies.