This morning, I’m giving a presentation about the West County Community Action Network (WE CAN) to Eliot Women’s Alliance at Eliot Unitarian Chapel. This virtual handout wastes no paper and offers live links to the reports, documents, and organizations that I’ll mention today.
The Community for Understanding and Hope Book Group has a Facebook group. If you want to join our email list (we send out a couple of reminders a month about our next book group meeting), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our book group specializes in books about race in America and is hosted by the Kirkwood Public Library. We usually meet on the third Thursday of the month from 7pm to 8:45pm.
The West County Community Action Network has a webpage and a Facebook page. You can join the email list by sending an email to email@example.com. ASSIST (A Solid, Stay-in-School Team) has a separate email list to advocate for racial equity in schools: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transforming911 is a website where Forward Through Ferguson asks us to re-imagine public safety.
The Ferguson Commission released its report in late summer 2015. The website provides an interactive approach to the material. Or you can download the print report or check it out of Kirkwood Public Library or St. Louis County Library. There are many calls to action that are still being worked on by various entities in the St. Louis area, around Missouri, and throughout the country. These efforts could always use more engaged people.
Falling Through the Cracks: St. Louis School Discipline at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Disability includes data about suspensions and shows alarming disparity depending on a student’s race, gender, and level of ability.
For anyone in the St. Louis area, I invite you to talk to me if you want to figure out how to connect with this work in our region. For other Americans, I invite you to find or start your own book groups, action networks, and community organizations to support anti-racism work where you live.