Over the past several months, a number of white anti-racist activists have been connecting and organizing in new ways to step up their response to heightened racism in the current political context. A Statement of Commitment and Call to Action, titled “Let’s Build a U.S. for All of Us: No Room for Racism,” has already been signed by some 700 people and 75 organizations around the country. According to the network’s Statement of Commitment: “The stresses of financial meltdown, unemployment, environmental crisis, and war make us an easy target for race-based fear-mongering. But this time we will not be fooled and we will not be divided. Our ability to transform this country into one that truly works for all of us — where we effectively address our serious economic and environmental problems — is made possible only in a racially just society.” This growing network of activists has recently launched a website that includes action ideas and resources. Regularly scheduled national conference calls are being held to build new infrastructure and strategies for supporting coordinated multiracial and anti-racist organizing efforts. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Sign onto the Statement at www.usforallofus.org and invite your friends to sign it by sharing the link on your Facebook page, email lists, website and blogs.
- Bring the Statement to organizations you are a part of and ask them to discuss it, endorse it and explore ways to take action.
- Connect with and convene other white allies in your community and coordinate with organizations lead by people of color to engage in ongoing learning and action to advance racial justice.