New Sun Rising acknowledges and feels the extreme pain caused by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Antwon Rose and too many others before and after them. Systemic racism persists throughout our society and we must boldy engage in anti-racist and anti-hate efforts if we wish to effect change and move toward a kind of collective healing that our country so desperately needs. The cumulative trauma that defines the lived experience of many Black, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized groups has to end.
We are committed to being a part of the solution as we help to organize, support, and amplify equitable community development initiatives towards a just society for all people. We acknowledge that our organizational power and privilege have allowed us access to resources created through systematic oppression and extractive institutions. We are committed to the following behaviors that involve sharing and redirecting such resources to those who have been denied access, ownership, and dignity.
- We commit to the institution of diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements and education for all supported projects, leaders, and ourselves
- We commit to listening and learning from those we serve, while centering them as the drivers and beneficiaries of change
- We commit to connecting those we serve with resource networks historically guarded by white privilege
- We commit to using racial equity data to inform funding and programming decisions
- We commit to publicly share the identity demographics of those we support and with whom we sub-contract, along with resources they receive
New Sun Rising recognizes that public statements are far easier to make than longstanding and tangible change. We are committed to take these concrete and public actions that push back against racism and discrimination in all of its forms while sharing the information necessary to hold us accountable. We move forward with the expectation that our funders and partners will do the same. We ask that you provide direct financial support, make space, and use your voice to lift up the work of Black, LGBTQIA+, and other organizations led by marginalized people.
Communities that are not safe and welcoming for all cannot be vibrant.
ANTI-RACIST LEARNING + ACTION
75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice (Corinne Shutack)
A Conversation on Race and Privilege with Angela Davis and Jane Elliot (University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work) (Video)
Anti-racist Reading List (City of Asylum)
Anti-racism Resources for White People (Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020)
The Case for Reparations (The Atlantic)
Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism — From Ferguson to Charleston (Citizenship of Social Justice)
Developing Organizational Values Statements with Commitments to Diversity/Inclusion (The Denver Foundation)
Equitable & Just Platform Pittsburgh (UrbanKind Institute)
For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies (Courtney Ariel, Sojourners)
The Groundwater Approach: Building A Practical Understanding of Structural Racism (Racial Equity Institute)
Implicit Bias (Kirwin Institute)
Just Transition for Philanthropy (Justice Funders)
Project Implicit – measure your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation (Harvard)
Racism 101 (Showing Up For Racial Justice)
Racism and Privilege (WWHAT’S UP?! Pittsburgh)
Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send (adapted from Derald Wing Sue)
Resources for Accountability and Action for Black Lives (Carlisa Johnson)
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)