Shared Experiences

Hi Friends!
This summer, I’m planning to spend some time highlighting inspiration for the process of:
(1) Seeing your bubble and acknowledging white privilege;
(2) Identifying personal implicit bias and owning it;
(3) Educating ourselves about systemic and institutional racism and its foundation in white supremacy; and,
(4) Taking action through conversations (or more) to raise awareness of these things in our own communities.
I’ll be sharing some of my own experiences and I welcome your experiences if you want to share them (anonymously or not). Everyone is at a different point along this process (and sometimes we backslide or get stuck!), and understanding that can help us be patient and encouraging with each other.
We have all been conditioned by the racism that permeates everything around us, largely invisible to those with privilege. It takes work to see it and then to understand it well enough to work to dismantle it. The more we can support each other in this work, the more successful we will be.
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In the meantime, here’s some happy inspiration for the day. And the Washington Post picked up the news about Arlington’s transgender procedures.
Also, if you haven’t come across the ActionNow newsletter, I’m sharing two recent posts that I found particularly helpful and inspiring, one about immigration and one about being active in this space (language heads up!).
There’s a rally to protect immigrant children on Tuesday, July 2 from 10:00–11:00 am at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Outside U.S. Customs & Border Protection). For more info, contact
(1) Here’s a story about how Alabama picks and chooses the history it remembers, presented by NPR journalists.
(2) The Southern Poverty Law Center released a new report examining the weaponization of the immigration court system.
(3) If you want to know more about Juneteenth, here’s an excellent piece by Jameelah Nasheed at TeenVogue.
(4) Also from TeenVogue, an article about high school students doing an investigative journalism piece about the use of prison labor by school systems.
Listen. Amplify. Follow.

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