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A Note From Our Team...

A Note From Our Team...
Our team has dedicated itself to the ongoing action of anti-racism.
Ally is a verb and as such there are endless things for us to do to take continued steps in our daily lives. We believe that our greatest influence is within our own homes and within our own communities and have compiled a list of resources that we have personally found to be a good place to start. We hope it is helpful to you too.
It is by no means a complete offering, but a small collection of information that has given us good direction in our learning.
We will continue to look to our Black leaders for guidance and add to these resources as we grow in our understanding.
You can access this information at any time in our 'highlights' section on Instagram, titled 'Ally is a verb.'
We send our Oddbird community love and peace, offering our attention to those who have any suggestions/contributions/corrections in regard to this growing list of resources.
  

Read & Practice:

'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack'
By Peggy McIntosh
 
"It is suggested that participants read the article and discuss it. Participants can then write a list of additional ways in which whites are privileged in their own school and community setting.
Or participants can be asked to keep a diary for the following week of white privilege that they notice (and in some cases challenge) in their daily lives."
This is a valuable exercise to also do with your older children.

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'75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Injustice'

An informative article from MEDIUM.COM on how you can make changes within your community.


READ THE ARTICLE

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Read:  

'How To Be An Antiracist'

By Ibram X. Kendi

BUY THIS BOOK FROM BIPOC BOOKSTORE

'White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.
By Robin Diangelo & Michael Eric Dyson

 
BUY THIS BOOK FROM BIPOC BOOKSTORE

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Read with your kids:

 Healing for future generations comes from the education you provide in your own home. 
@THECONCIOUSKID offers incredible resources to support parents in their journey to educate their children on racism.




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Another great resource for parents, available in an activity book for middle-school aged children and above, @SPLCENTER offers a 'Civil Rights Activity Book' where you can walk through the Civil Rights Movement with your children and have the initial conversations on race and inequality.

This activity book is completely free and available for download.


DOWNLOAD HERE
 

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Watch:

'The 13th'
A film by Ava DuVernay

A documentary that explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.

WATCH NOW

'When They See Us'
A film by Ava DuVernay

A mini-series exploring the case of the 'Exonerated 5', previously known as the 'Central Park 5'.
  

WATCH NOW

'16 shots'
By Rick Rowley

A Showtime documentary that looks at the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police and the subsequent coverup.




WATCH NOW

'Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story' By Jenner Furst & Julia Willoughby Nason

The examination of the shooting of Trayvon Martin; the case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement

 



WATCH NOW

 

'Becoming'
By Nadia Hallgren

A Documentary that offers an inspiring message while highlighting race issues through the eyes of the former First Lady Michelle Obama. A film you can watch with your older children that allows for deep conversations on the issues of racism in the present day. 

WATCH NOW 


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Support/Donate

@NAACP

The nations first and largest Civil Rights organization. Learn how you can donate, educate and sign the petition to bring justice for George Floyd.

@EJI_ORG

Equal Justice Initiative
Learn how you can support the efforts of EJI.ORG to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment of BIPOC and racial inequality.

 

@BLKLIVESMATTER

Learn how you can donate and sign the petition to invest in sustainable solutions that affirms Black lives nationwide.

@GOFUNDME Justice and Equity fund

Learn how you can donate to Go Fund Me's campaign focused on bail, racial justice and law enforcement reform of which they have donated $500,000 to launch.


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Follow:

BIPOC voices that have personally helped us to learn and understand

@theconsciouskid
@moemotivate
@andrearanaej
@ckyourprivilege
@blackcoffeewithwhitefriends

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Invest in your community:

Support Black-owned businesses, creatives, scholars, and non-profits with your money.

Purchase from their stores, order from their restaurants, buy their literature, listen to their words, listen to their music, invest in their art, share their works on social media and give them full credit - tell your friends to do the same. 

We will be posting BIPOC businesses, creatives, and organizations on our Instagram page and encourage you to check in out through the week.

We hope this is a good place to start and welcome input from our Oddbird community. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out with suggestions/corrections.

We will be the first to admit that we do not have the answers or know how to do this right, but instead, we look to the leaders of the Black community for guidance, being quick to listen, slow to speak.

We encourage you all to do the work and draw from the BIPOC voices that are leading the way.

With love,

Oddbird team 🌿