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Black Lives Matter

We will not stand by silently while Black communities continue to suffer under the weight of violence, discrimination and injustice. The work we all need to do to dismantle systemic racism is far from over. Honest Weight stands in solidarity with the Black communities in Albany, in Minneapolis, in Glynn County, in Louisville, Tallahassee, and across the country. Black Lives Matter.

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Honest Weight's Anti-Racism Committee

Purpose:  To explore ways for HWFC to actively and consistently support an anti-racist agenda. 

Board Liaison:  Warren Hamilton
Committee Email:  AntiRacism-AT-honestweight.coop 
Regularly Meets:  First and Third Monday of the month at 5:30pm
Workplan: 2020-2021 Workplan

 

Untited Way of the Capital District 21-day Equity Challenge

Register TODAY and help spread the word by downloading the flyer here

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Black Health Matters is a bi-weekly class organized by Root3d Healing and sponsored by HWFC, led by the incredible Shawn Mack, local Holistic Health Coach 

Click here for Root3d's full schedule of in-person and virtual events

 

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Here are a few facts that are true today.

  1. 14.6% of the population of the USA is African American (Latino/Latina makes up 18.3%, Native American is 1.3%), yet only 3.5% of the nation’s farm land is operated by these ethnic minorities.
  2. The latest overall COVID-19 mortality rate for Black Americans is 2.4 times as high as the rate for whites, and 2.2 times as high as the rate for Asians and Latinos.
  3. African-American men are more than twice as likely as their white peers to die from police use of force. In fact, police violence is the sixth-leading cause of death for young Black men in America.
  4. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. (Source: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
  5. Black transgender women account for 50 percent of all anti-LGBTQ and HIV-affected hate violence, and as of November 2017, 84% of transgender murder victims were people of color and 80% were women. (Source: Transgender Law Center)
  6. Black women in leadership positions are more likely to be criticized or punished when making mistakes on the job.

What Can White People Do to be Allies of the Black Community?

  • Educate yourself. Check out the resouces below for steps you can take to improve racial justice and equality in the Black community.
  • When you hear of these incidents occurring, ask your friends of color how they’re doing? Just that question goes further than you know.
  • Donate or volunteer for an organization led by people of color that is committed to advancing social change in Black and Brown communities. We're including a list below.
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses while shopping at Honest Weight. We're working on compiling a list of all of the products we carry that come from Black-Owned farmers, producers, distirbutors, and makers.

Educational Resources:

A list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. They are damaging to both people of color and to white people. Organizations that are people of color-led or a majority people of color can also demonstrate many damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture.
Provided by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001. 
 
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These food sovereignty action steps were compiled by the Soul Fire Farm community and Northeast Farmers of Color alliance It is divided into seven sections #1 Policy Platform, #2 Individual Actions, #3 Reparations, #4 Alliance Building, #5 Internal Organizational Transformation, #6 Grantmaking and Funding, and #7 Self-Reflection and Education. This document is designed for anyone who has ever asked, “How can I help make the food system more just?”
 

Anti-Racism Resources for White People

This impressive google doc is better than anything we could put together independently and includes articles to read, videos to watch, organizations to follow on social media, tools for white parents of white children, etc. It also includes other lists of resources. This list that was compiled by Johnetta Elzie, protester and activist from her notable work in the Ferguson, Missouri protests.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

An older article (2017) from The Medium that lists 75 clear actions white people can take to be actively anti-racist

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

An oft-referenced excerpt from a longer academic essay by Peggy McIntosh in 1988 and a good primer for understanding and coming to terms with white privilege. "White privilege is like an invisible
weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank
checks."

Ways You Can Help

A regularly updated list of resources, places to donate (including a way to donate without money), petitions to sign, and phone numbers to call or text.

The Case for Reparations

Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic. “The Case for Reparations” has been lauded as an arresting and accurate cataloguing of the black struggle in twentieth-century America (especially the critical role property has played in the oppression of black people).

Black Mental Health Matters

“Racism is a public health crisis,” according to a May 2020 statement from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Sunshine Behavioral Health compiled this excellent spread of resources and information, including many links to free or low-cost sources for culturally competent mental healthcare.

 The Summit Wellness Group - 61 mental health and substance use resources for the BIPOC community.

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Did we miss anything that should be on here? Please reach out: alexm@honestweight.coop