The mission of the Racial Justice Coordinating Committee (RJCC) is to help First Parish more fully live up to the goals stated in its mission of being welcoming to all and challenging the excesses and injustices of our time.

This Month’s Feature:

 

Trayvon Martin 10th Anniversary Vigil

picture of vigil outside first parish from a distance. people are standing and holding signs

On Saturday, February 26 at 5pm about 40 members of the First Parish community gathered in a vigil to honor the 10 anniversary since the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Attendees silently held signs that supported Black Lives Matter and solemnly commemorated the killing of an innocent teenager.
Rev Erica closed the vigil with an acknowledgment of the loss of Trayvon followed by a moving reading and eloquent analysis of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go in claiming racial justice.  Our church bell was rung one time for each year since Trayvon’s murder.

 

So Many Exciting New Books!

The First Parish library has about 40 new books on a variety of racial justice themes. They are here for you to borrow; just e-mail rjlibrary@firstparish.info and we will arrange a drop off or pickup. Here’s a small sample of the new offerings….

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AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Resources:

In the wake of recent anti-Asian hate, we have provided the following resources in solidarity with Asian Americans, Asians, and Asian Pacific Islanders.

 

The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW)
Mission Statement: “The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is a political home for pan-Asian communities in Greater Boston. We are a member-led organization committed to building grassroots power through political education, creative expression, and issue-based and neighborhood organizing.”

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Red Canary Song
Grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers organized in 2017 after the death of Yang Song, a massage worker killed in a police raid in Flushing, NY.

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Mission Statement: “Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.

Through our work, we envision a social movement in which communities of color are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity, fair treatment, and self determination for all.”

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Learning and Acting

Red Canary Song Response to 8 Lives Lost in Atlanta.

“In the wake of the deaths of multiple Asian women massage workers in Georgia, we are sending radical love, care, and healing to all of our community members. We acknowledge the ongoing pain and grief from continued violent assaults on our Asian and Asian American, APIA community, which has been compounded by the alienation, isolation, and violence brought on by racist rhetoric and governmental neglect in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are concerned that many of those calling for action in this moment have and will continue to endorse violence towards Asian sex workers, massage workers, and survivors…”

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Resources from Barnard Center for Research on Women

“We defend the dignity, safety, and freedom of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, women, queer, trans, and nonbinary folks, sex workers, service workers, street vendors, people unhoused, people in prisons, immigrants, the undocumented, refugees, and all who are targeted by this racist violence. With heartbreak, rage, and committed solidarity, we share these resources for all of us to take action, support mutual aid projects, train in self-defense and bystander intervention, and build our political education.”

Resources

Reading Suggestions:

“What this Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America”
Anne Anlin Cheng, The New York Times, February 21, 2021

“Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different”
Morgan Ome’s interview with Cathy Park Hong for The Atlantic, March 17, 2021

“The cruel plot twist in the Asian American story”
Charles Yu, Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2021

Reappropriate Blog
“One of the web’s oldest AAPI feminist and race activist blogs.”

Intersectionality

“The Atlanta Shootings Can’t Be Divorced from Racism and Misogyny”
Li Zhou, Vox, March 18, 2021

“The Urgency of Intersectionality”
2016 TEDTalk by Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor, activist, and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Form, explaining how she first coined the term intersectionality in 1989.

African American Policy Forum Response to Murders in Atlanta

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw Podcast


Note:     This section of the website is still evolving.   Please watch this space as we identify more resources in the near future.

RJCC would love to hear from you with ideas, suggestions, and questions. Email us at: racialjustice@firstparish.info