Starting today, I'll be taking a semi-break through August from Facebook, daily DE posts, and correspondence to work on some specific DE projects and take family time. But with help from Kemone Hendricks, Mandy Eason, and guest "posters," you'll still get news, information, and stories on our Facebook page and here. If you have an event that addresses issues of race, equity, and community-building that you'd like to share, or if you have or need other information, or you have a story you'd like to tell or a news event you'd like covered, please email my executive assistant Kemone Hendricks (welcome, Kemone!) and she'll do her best to follow up.
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There are many ways to get involved in fighting for equity and building bridges in Evanston. Regardless of where you are on your journey, use this time, this summer, Covid-19 or not, to take your first step, or your next step. Here are some ideas, specific to Evanston, to consider--and this isn't close to a complete list!
First, register for our next DE Racial Justice Book Group (on Zoom, August 18 at 6 p.m.)! We're reading and discussing Alex S. Vitale's book The End of Policing. You can find more info and register here. You must live, work, or worship in Evanston to participate.
Support Black business start-ups by following the Facebook group Boosting Black Business.
Follow the work of Evanston Fight for Black Lives.
Find out how you can help with Talking Whiteness on Central Street Part II.
Keep up with the equity work of OPAL.
Learn about the Moran Center, which works to disrupt the school to prison pipeline.
Find out about Stem School Evanston's efforts to bring a school back to the fifth ward.
Join the White Anti-Racism Affinity Group's Facebook page.
Keep up with workshops on race and equity at YWCA Evanston North Shore's Equity Institute.
Check out the list of books the DE Racial Justice Book Group has read, and read them.
Learn about Evanston's Black history at Shorefront Legacy Center.
Learn about the PEP Project, which works to make PTAs in D65 more equitable.
Peruse Path Press, one of the first Black-owned publishing companies, which showcases Black American and Black diaspora authors and stories.
Get involved in Connections for the Homeless, which serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness.
Join Back on Their Feet Evanston, which connects Evanstonians in need to existing resources.
Seek out podcasts, movies, and books that address race, racism, and equity. You can find lots of great ones on the YWCA's website, and you can always google!
Hope to see you all in real life (with our masks on!) and here and on Facebook too--just not as often for a while!
Stay healthy, stay engaged, keep learning, get uncomfortable, and take action.