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We Support the Protection of African American Lives
Dear friends of Safe Streets,
This is my letter to anyone who is willing to listen and work with me. First, I would like to apologize for not sending a message sooner. I wanted to engage the entire Safe Streets staff in a discussion about the message which proved to be very valuable.
We are committed to create a safe and inclusive community environment by amplifying the voices of African Americans and people of color. We believe it is our responsibility to help address exclusionary and unjust practices through our work and in our workplace. We will be sending out more detailed information on Safe Streets work towards diversity, equity and inclusion in the coming weeks.
Thank you for the work you do to make Pierce County safer, healthier and more vibrant for everyone.
Some Actions You Can Take
Check in on friends and co-workers of color to see how they are doing
Patronize local black-owned businesses
Expand your understanding of racism with the following books and articles:
- For our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
- 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge
- How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
- Sugar by Elizabeth Abbot
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment – Leticia Nieto
Connect with the Metropolitan Development Council as they discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on less-privledged populations: Metropolitan Development Council Straight Talk Webinar Series
Additional Anti-Racism Resources Courtesy of the Youth Development Executives of King County
A clear reminder to white folks as we return to work on Monday: Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not
A few places to donate:
Black Lives Matter, justice for George Floyd activities for K-8 kids: Colorful Pages
Tools for building more equitable organizations: Awake to Woke to Work, with race equity at the center
A growing list of books, readings, movies and more: Anti-racism resources for white people and parents