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 down.”

― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon Tweet
Photo by Joan Villalon on Unsplash
OTHER CRIMINAL JUSTICE LINKS

The Marshall Project  | Nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sens of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.

Witness LA | Nonprofit, nonpartisan source of criminal justice news in the public interest.

Civic Research Institute  | Independent publisher of reference and practice materials for professionals in law and government, behavioral health, banking and finance, taxation, education, and the social sciences.

CURB  | Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations that is reducing the number of people in prisons and jails, shrinking the imprisonment system, and shifting public spending from corrections and policing to human services.

Shop LOCAL/ Support locally BIPOC owned business.

Consider Your Consumer Power! - Donate Your Dollars, Spend Wisely!

(This list was compiled in large part by Shauna Hamilton, and includes resources for farmers markets in the Bay Area)

To support large-scale systemic change, consider supporting the following groups:
To support Black-led groups in creating larger systemic change in their communities, these links will take you to other organizations in Minneapolis:
Websites with links and contact information to work for justice in the case of:
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MOTIVATION: TALKS TO WATCH

CONTINUING EDUCATION RESOURCES:

 

RESOURCES FOR WHITE PARENTS TO RAISE ANTI-RACIST CHILDREN: 

* The following resources were compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020. 

Books:

Podcasts:

Articles:

The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

NEED A BREAK? HERE ARE A FEW PLAYLISTS:

LISTEN UP: Podcasts to subscribe to:

RECOMMENDED PODCAST EPISODES:

BOOKS: (Top ten also listed in NY Times Best Seller List as of June 2020):

PURCHASE BOOKS BY BIPOC AUTHORS:

Do you have a local resource or business to share? Show your support and let us know how we can help #BLM in our community.