As we remember George Floyd and add his name to a devastating list of black lives lost, our faith compels us to move from complicit silence to action. This evolving page is dedicated to providing a wide variety of specific action steps we can take to work towards racial justice in our community and in the United States. Please feel free to share additional resources with the church ministers.
#BlackLivesMatter – click here for a comprehensive and frequently updated list of very specific petitions to sign, organizations to donate to, suggestions for calling/emailing elected officials to demand justice, etc.
The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20 was very powerful. It was the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. Click here to learn more.
For next steps, the Triangle Circle NC Poor People’s Campaign is organizing FED UP, a food drive in Durham that brings people together to fight for dignity. “We know that it is not enough to distribute food and cleaning supplies if we do not also question why people are struggling in the first place. We don’t want to get back to ‘normal’ because ‘normal’ was not working for us. We want to live in a society where the needs of people come first, where we don’t have to fight every day just to survive”. Click on the link above if you need food, if you can help distribute food, or if you can donate money. FED UP is giving away fresh produce in Durham on Fridays.
75 Things White People Can Do for Social Justice – We know that not everyone at Watts Street or viewing this website is white, but this article is intended to assist anyone in doing the work of understanding racial inequities in the United States and includes many educational, advocacy, and action ideas for people of any race. We hope that you will take some time and see how one of these resources might help us all continue to do the work for a more just world.
Anti-Racism Daily – Subscribe for a daily email with an urgent and tactical action you can take to practice anti-racism each day
Don’t have resources to donate? Simply watch videos to generate financial support for Black Lives Matter
The Missions Committee ordered 30 Black Lives Matter yard signs and stakes for people to have, as pay-what-you-can. You’re welcome to take one for free, or if you want to help with the cost of the signs, the suggested contribution is $10. Signs can be picked up outside the church office, and you can put cash or check underneath Sherrill’s office door.