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JVC COMMUNITY LIST: CURATING RESOURCES ON ANTI-RACISM
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Jesuit Volunteer Corps has four core values of spirituality, simple living, community and social justice. All four of those values are integral to our formation program and go on to influence the lives of our alumni aka Former Jesuit Volunteers (FJVs) for years after the program.
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INITIAL QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

How are you, as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps community continuing to analyze the unjust systems that allow for senseless murders and deaths of Black and Brown people in the United States?

What work have you begun? What actions have you taken?

What discomfort are you experiencing as you begin to process the recent deaths of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery?

What personal commitments have you made towards becoming anti-racist?
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**PLEASE READ THIS FIRST**
This list represents the work of teachers, scholars, activists, and spiritual peoples. The work of anti-racism is an ongoing one that is meant to be a personal and individual journey, as much as it is meant to contribute to our collective healing and growth as a community. But it starts with you taking the time for self-reflection, inquiry and confronting your own bias and harm you have caused throughout your life. We ask that if you further pursue the work of any peoples listed that you do so with the utmost respect of the labor, time and efforts of those doing this work, which includes not asking these individuals to "resource you" for free.
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Racial Justice Conversations
Adopted from Food Solutions New England "21-day Race Challenge."
Accessible Here
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My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem: A Mid-Year Check-In By Deepa Iyer
“In our lives and as part of movements and organizations, many of us play different roles in pursuit of equity, liberation, inclusion, and justice.” Deepa Iyer, SolidarityIs and Building Movement Project.Questions? Please contact Deepa via email (diyer@buildingmovement.org), on Twitter (@dviyer),
or on Instagram (@deepaviyer).
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Anti-Racism Resources By Alyssa Klein and Sarah Sophie Flicker
“This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media. To take immediate action to fight for Breonna Taylor, please visit FightForBreonna.org.”
Accessible Here
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Have nonprofit and philanthropy become the “white moderate” that Dr. King warned us about?
"...it makes we wonder if our sector is equipped to help bend the arc toward justice, or if we have collectively become the “white moderate” that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls the biggest barrier for equity and justice for Black people and thus for us all.”
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Me and White Supremacy Book By Layla Saad
“Over 80,000 people downloaded her guide to the movement, Me and White Supremacy Workbook in the space of just six months. And now, that guide is a NYT, USA Today, WSJ and Amazon bestseller.”
Accessible Here
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#ExpressiveWriting Prompts to Use If You’ve Been Accused of #WhiteFragility #SpiritualBypass or #WhitePrivilege by Leesa Renee Hall
“The whole point to this expressive writing exercise is to help you uncover the blocks you may have in hearing another person’s pain.”
Accessible Here
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ARRAY 101: Never Stop Learning By Ava DuVernay
“When They See Us tells the harrowing story of New York’s Exonerated Five. A film in four parts, the series chronicles the wrongful arrest and incarceration of teenagers Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr. and Korey Wise. It explores how the five innocent teens were prejudged as guilty by a powerful criminal justice machine and examines how The Exonerated Five, their families and communities were rendered powerless against a biased criminal justice system, coercive police interrogation practices and sensationalist media coverage.”
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5 Racist Anti-Racism Responses “Good” White Women Give to Viral Posts By Katie Anthony
“This post isn’t about the video. It’s about the responses to the video. Specifically, social media responses by progressive white women that might have come from a good place, but hoo boy, do they land in the bad place. This post is about racist anti-racism, so prevalent in the instincts that led to millions of unexamined reactions to an act of racist violence.”
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Converting Hidden Spiritual Racism Into Sacred Activism An Open Letter to Spiritual White Folks” By Virginia Rosenberg
“Because it is more painful to continue forward in ignorance, allowing innocent people to die, or to live in constant fear for their survival. The more we try to distance or protect ourselves from the monster of racism, the deeper its hold becomes. In times like these, our identity and our hearts need to be challenged and broken. Our foundations need to rumble and shake. For this is the path of breaking open. This is the way to true awakening. It is through direct, willing engagement that we heal into unity within ourselves and the world.”
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Open Yale Course: African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
“The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. Warning: Some of the lectures in this course contain graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing.”
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Guide to Allyship
“I want this to be a resource where anyone who is considering becoming an ally understands the pros and cons of what being an ally entails. I want you to understand that you’re in collaboration with people whose very lives can change overnight because of systemic oppression.
You can’t take being an ally lightly.”
Accessible Here
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