Transforming Actions You Can Take

Submitted by P Russell on Sun, 02/23/2020 - 09:10

Anti racism Conversation at Dignity/New York continues with a zoom online discussion.  

On August 4th at 7:30 pm, we will be further discussing the book, So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo.

There is still time to sign up; for more information,

Speak up, speak out.  Be informed.

Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein compiled the following list of resources that help us learn how to be anti-racist. 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.


Listed below are a few resources that we have found helpful in our efforts to be actively anti-racist in our communities and everyday lives

Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein compiled the following list of resources that help us learn how to be anti-racist:

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:


Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix, American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — 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

  • 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

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources to check out:

This medium article written by Corrine Shutack consist of 75 ways we can practice anti-racism on the local, state and federal level.

The Anti-racist Research & Policy Center mission is to convene and team up varied specialists to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. Their research and policy work is deliberately antiracist. They consider racist policies and ideas, and not certain racial groups, to be the racial problem. They strives to build an antiracist society of racial equity and justice.


Thanks be to God, Bishop Budde of the Washington, DC Diocese denounced the president's actions and use of St. John's.  Here are part of her words, and encourage you to read the entire Washington Post article linked below: 

"'I am outraged,' Budde said in a telephone interview a short time later, pausing between words to emphasize her anger as her voice slightly trembled. [...] 'I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call, that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop,' Budde said. [...]

"'We so dissociate ourselves from the messages of this president,' she said. 'We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so, so grounding to our lives and everything we do, and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice.'" 

America Magazine 

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church 

A leading black Catholic moral theologian addresses the thorny issue of racial justice past and present. Fr. Bryan Massingale writes from an abiding conviction that the Catholic faith and the black experience make essential contributions in the continuing struggle against racial injustice that is the work of all people.

Choosing Peace The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence

Writings drawn from the historic conference hosted at the Vatican in 2016, which gathered 80 peacemakers from around the world.

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Connecting During the COVID-19 Crisis

Since many in the Dignity community are in groups considered high risk if they contract the corona COVID-19 virus, the Board and staff are urging everyone to follow public health and other official directives for your area. Please reach out to friends and community members, especially those who may be isolated. A phone call from you may really brighten someone’s day!


National Catholic Reporter:


Earthbeat  Click here for Earthbeat 

On EarthBeat, a story about how forest destruction that accelerates climate change can also encourage the emergence of diseases. Indigenous leaders are criticizing companies for replacing forests with soy, palm and cattle plantations. Read more.