Ways to Engage in the Work of Racial Justice
Many of us want to reach out now in tangible ways in care and support for the neighborhoods in St. Paul and Minneapolis who are struggling with rebuilding, with a lack of grocery stores and pharmacies, with needs that cannot go unmet. This is important and it is necessary. While we reach out in love in those ways, let us also commit to the hard work of confronting racial injustice and becoming anti-racist. There is so much to learn! We can all deepen our understanding of how racism is a part of the fabric of American life in ways we may not even recognize. How do we move forward? There will be different paths for different travelers. We can read. We can listen to podcasts. We can watch films. If we are not Black, we can concentrate on listening to Black voices as they talk about their lives and experiences. No matter what we choose, there is hard work ahead. This hard work can help us to heal the Body of Christ – we can heal ourselves, we can heal our relationships and we can help to heal the world. What follows is a wide variety of ways to engage. This is not an exhaustive list – it is a start. More resources will be added as we move forward. For now, choose one thing. Then choose another to go deeper. Consider taking someone with you as you go (even if in this time of COVID “going” means staying in your living room), because the road is always easier to travel with companions. If you have any questions or you have other ideas to add to this list, get in touch with Suzanne Bernet at .
Hands-On Volunteer Opportunities
Note that these descriptions will be updated as circumstances change. Please check with organizations before making plans.
Twin Cities Aid Map is updated frequently and gives current information on the type of donations needed at various sites as well as current volunteer opportunities available. https://twin-cities-mutual-aid.org/?fbclid=IwAR1W3anL3AE3Kjq__ffOYGgBjiIkLNlaNyTgEhElANm86153wlvKW-8P8uw
Bethlehem Lutheran in the Midway is serving as a site for those in need in St. Paul. For the most updated information, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BLCMidway/.
Gifts for Seniors is looking for creative assistance with greeting cards for seniors living in the neighborhoods affected by the unrest. Find out more at: https://www.giftsforseniors.org/cards-for-seniors.
Peace and Prayer BBQ’s is a project of Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis. They need donations of various goods and they need volunteers. Go to https://sanctuarycov.org/peace-prayer/.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis is maintaining daily food distribution at a local Cub Foods parking lot. Volunteer shifts are available from 9:00 – Noon or from Noon – 4:00. For more details, call 612-521-3575.
Podcasts / Videos
Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted a moderated conversation with Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory; Marcia Chatelain, professor of history and African-American studies at Georgetown University; Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development; and Gloria Purvis, host of the EWTN radio show “Morning Glory." You can watch it here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?472782-1/dc-archbishop-gregory-discusses-racism-faith-georgetown-university.
Veggie Tales co-creator Phil Vischer hosts this brief but excellent overview video of the legacy of institutionalized racism in America. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGUwcs9qJXY.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Christ in Chicago is well-known for his powerful sermons on racial justice. Watch this recent one, “When Is Someday?” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_dNzYifsow.
Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and founded of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL speaks with National Public Radio. Listen to it here: https://www.npr.org/2014/10/20/356964925/one-lawyers-fight-for-young-blacks-and-just-mercy.
Angela Davis, local journalist at Minnesota Public Radio, hosted a conversation with three women on “How to Be A White Ally and Practice Anti-Racism.” Listen to it here: https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2020/06/09/davis-how-to-be-a-white-ally-and-practice-antiracism
Books and Articles
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (link to an article): https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
https://ideas.ted.com/how-you-can-be-an-ally-in-the-fight-for-racial-justice/ (link to an article)
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (book)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (book)
75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice by Corrine Shutack (link to an article): https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (book)
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Fr. Bryan Massingale (book)
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin, ed. (book)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (book)