Statement of Values

Black Lives Matter

We at Crossroads stand with the Black Lives Matter Movement. We acknowledge the unjustifiable loss of life suffered by George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Dominique Clayton, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and countless black human beings living their everyday lives. We further grieve with those communities whose survival is compromised daily by sanctioned violence. It is a lessening of life that is experienced through economic inequity, heightened rates of disease, increased surveillance, and imprisonment. Against these realities, Crossroads has built a community on the firm grounds of gender, racial, and economic justice since 1974. By providing hope and home for formerly incarcerated women, women are given the space to heal and the emotional tools needed to thrive. It is this deep sense of radical compassion that guides our work at Crossroads in pursuing restorative justice for all. We, the Board of Directors of Crossroads, pledge to actively engage in community, state, and federal efforts to affect criminal justice reform.

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We don’t know what we don’t know, until we know it, and by then we can no longer ignore it, we must take action.

Resources to engage with Anti Racism

I invite you to join me in exploring this powerful set of resources to better understand the mechanisms of oppressive systems, better understand how to listen for what needs to be done, what needs to be said, and what needs to be understood. Join me in illuminating what actions we as individuals can take to be a part of a lasting change! I have gathered resources and linked to other resource lists that I have received to guide you in deepening your anti racist work. There are COUNTLESS of hands at work here; educators, authors, artists, activists, organizers, leaders, performers, magicians- all critical thinkers, and of course a long lineage of people who actively lived, studied, synthesized, and produced these works as resources for all of us to explore. I want to thank them all and everyone who is standing up now for equality in the rights and dignities for all human beings.

- Kaytee Fink, June 2020

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 and with your friends, family, and colleagues.”

I have incorporated helpful stages created by Scaffolded Anti Racist Resources to get you started along with several in depth resource lists below.

The First Thing to Do is Connect!

INTROSPECTION:  ACTIVITIES TO ENGAGE YOU
ACTIVATION:

There are really wonderful, ALREADY established, well organized groups in our area to work with in order to keep your motivation for change alive! Participation is key, and nothing can replace your active commitment to partnership! 

Black Lives Matter LA

JOIN SURJ

Showing Up for Racial Justice: SURJ moves white folks into accountable action as part of a multi-racial movement through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. SURJ has regional chapters that hold meetings and events.

Aware LA – White People for BLM

 

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you do