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On the 9th of July 2020 we had our usual Virtual Café open discussion to sense what is alive in our community. This time, following the big international movement of Black Lives Matter, we wanted to contact with the topic of Racism, accountability and social justice.
The facilitator Sophy Banks gave space to what was alive in every participant, moving the discussion around two very general questions: What is the problem with our system? , How does it link to the work we do in transition?
After a deep discussion about the themes and events that mostly affected us, Sophy encouraged the participants to think about positive examples for social change.
Here below the list harvested in the session, thanks to the wisdom of everyone. You can find links, resources and any useful information that came out from the meeting:
- A social justice working group within Transition US, born in 2017 after a national gathering, with the effort to highlight indigenous voices and comprising people of colour.
- Cooperation Jackson, neighborhood community led by people of colour
- Wretched of the earth group
- Women’s earth and climate action network, international
- Effort during the Dive Deep event to bring the unbalance visible. There is a feeling that there is a need to talk about reconciliation before engaging in Transition
- Restorative circles, community processto address conflicts and privileges
- Resmaa Manekem, author of the book My grandmother’s hands
- Courses about Cultural trauma / white body and black body trauma
- Bryan Stephenson and the museum and memorial
- A New Common Sense video on YouTube (3 mins)
- Food Solutions Network of New England (FSNE) 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge & their racial equity resources
- 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge through the Holderness School
- Transition Network statement about Black Lives Matter
- Trauma and recovery by Judith Herman (book)
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (book)
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (book)