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:

Commemorating Juneteenth at First Parish

On Saturday, June 19th, more than 60 members of the First Parish community gathered in our courtyard for a Juneteenth celebration. Kicking off the event, Rev Erica welcomed the group and provided a brief history of Juneteenth. The program featured guest speaker, Schiffon Wong, Chair of the Reparations Committee of the Mystic Valley chapter of the NAACP. In addition, Mary Fusoni, presented an overview of the many resources available from our racial justice library, and Diane Shriver provided wonderful music to accompany the program–after 16 long months, we sang together! In gratitude for Schiffon’s participation, RJCC made a donation to the Mystic Valley NAACP, we also offered BLM yard signs at the event and collected a further $180 to add to the donation.

Schiffon’s inspirational talk was a call to action where each of us has a role; she asked us: Are we truth tellers? Are we willing to tell the truth about our history and its legacy? Are we willing to divest from white supremacy? Are we willing to point at the wealth gap between Black and white Americans as evidence of the systemic inequities that have endured since Emancipation?…

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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