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June 2: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 61

Artwork by Scarlett River

Our words are not enough, being non-racist is not enough. It’s time for a change and it’s all of our responsibility to contribute and act. That’s why this week’s issue is dedicated to sharing actionable anti-racism resources. I’ve postponed sharing celebrations and resources on other topics until next week because I want to focus all of our attention on this.

I think that we should all start with ourselves, changing our behaviour, understanding our biases, calling ourselves out and doing our part. Education is a big part of that in my opinion – and I’m not talking about general education. I’m talking about reading stories of the oppressed, learning more about the history of racial discrimination and understanding the systems that still promote it to this day.

Some of us will never be able to fully understand, but this information will help us all become more empathetic and arm us with facts and potential solutions to make this change happen. Alright, let’s get into this issue with all of its resources!

If you have a story you’d like to share here, please contact me. And if you’d like your celebration or resources to be shared in the next week’s issue, please use the submission form at the bottom of the post 🙂

Anti-Racism Resources

A great post sharing actionable advice on what we can do to fight racial injustice. There’s a ton of information, please read it and see what you can do out of that list.

Another post sharing resources, books, people to follow, organisations to donate to and other ways to get educated and start acting to change the status quo.

#icantbreathe #georgefloyd #ahmaudarbery #blacklivesmatter #bipoc . . As a cisgender, white male in America I don’t have to speak up to be heard. My voice is given space by default. You do NOT need my words today. You need the words of those who have to fight, tooth…and…nail. Every. Day. To simply…survive. Full. Stop. . . This photo is a start. A. Start. If haven’t read any of these I petition you to start. I have read 12 of these. It’s nowhere near enough. I am grateful to @hellofelicia_murrell for this photo. . . I am grateful for @resmaamenakem and his work on the neurobiology of racialized trauma, as well as his efforts to demonstrate practical and empirical ways of helping us (especially non-BIPOC bodies) understand the triage-level need to see the trauma around us. . . I am grateful for @kaitlincurtice and her advocacy for indigenous peoples so profoundly abused, forgotten and ignored. Her work is compassionate, poignant and powerfully direct. . . I am also grateful for @imterencelester and @lovebeyondwalls for his actionable efforts. Terence does not simply speak. He is the model of “actions speak louder than words.” His work is saving lives. Every day. Literally. . . I am grateful for @austinchanning for confidently, powerfully and boldly telling us, again and again, from the first sentence…how exhausting this all is. How exhausting white people can be. Seeking to understand the gravity/reason for this statement is so important. . . When you see brothers and sisters, human beings…ACTUAL PEOPLE…suffering, grieving and lamenting, instead of saying, “I don’t know what to do.” Rather, ask, “What are these people groups saying? What have they BEEN saying?” For centuries… . . Seek to understand before you seek to be understood. Read a dozen books on anti-racism. Read a dozen more. Then…and only then…will we (non-BIPOC individuals) begin to comprehend the very edge of a millennia old conversation we are called to LISTEN TO, rather than a conversation we so often attempt to govern. . . If we are seeing what is happening for our/your BIPOC brothers and sisters and it does not break your heart with grief we are detached from reality.

A post shared by Jerome D. Lubbe DC, DACNB (@doctor.jerome) on May 26, 2020 at 7:02pm PDT

A wonderful resource to start engaging in anti-racism work. Includes a list of resources for parents who want to raise anti-racist children.

A thoughtful piece by Barack Obama, laying out concrete steps to solidifying change.

A huge list of resources for anyone who wants to support this movement!

We all have unconscious bias and understanding them helps you change your behaviour.

I truly believe that it all starts with us. So I’m committing to adding proactive anti-racist habits and will keep myself accountable (I’ve created regular checkins for myself on my calendar for that). I’m also hoping to share stories of people who have experienced racial discrimination and more resources that will be helpful for all of us.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you’d like to share something for next week’s issue, here’s the submission form. Bookmark that and add anything you’d like to share in there 🙂

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