We at New Sun Rising acknowledge and feel the extreme pain caused by the murders of #GeorgeFloyd, #BreonnaTaylor, #AhmaudArbery, #AntwonRose and too many others. Systemic racism persists throughout our society and we must boldy engage in anti-racist efforts if we wish to effect change and move toward a kind of collective healing that our country so desperately needs. A healing that is being obstructed by the violent use of force against peaceful protesters by police departments across America and here in Pittsburgh. The cumulative trauma that is the Black American experience has to end. 

New Sun Rising is 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. 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 racial demographics of the organizations 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-led organizations who are the leaders of this movement.

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)

Black Writers & Revolutionaries Texts Archive (via CDCP)

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)

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)

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources (Unicorn Riot, The Okra Project, or Project Motherpath)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)

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