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Everyone Wants to be Heard

August 11th, 2020|Comments Off on Everyone Wants to be Heard

Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone deserves to be heard. No one wants to listen. That's the gist of it. Hurts and fears are deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Those in power are defensive [...]

Rethinking the 4th of July

July 4th, 2020|Comments Off on Rethinking the 4th of July

This year's 4th of July came suddenly, like a boulder crashing down a mountain. The mountain stands as a symbol of the hierarchy of power and privilege built over centuries in the country we call [...]

Op-Ed – Bias against African American English speakers is a pillar of systemic racism

Appreciation can be shown for African American English (AAE) and its linguistic value in the Assortment
of our Culture. How? Learning and embracing the dialects of AAE is the way we acknowledge the
importance of language!

Urban League of Rochester – Interrupt Racism

The Urban League of Rochester is launching a grassroots effort to empower community members to share ideas as to how to combat racist practices and policies in the Greater Rochester Area. They believe everyone has the lived experience, social power and value to contribute to a more equitable Rochester. Please follow through to their website to find out more about their Interrupt Racism initiative.

This Is What Accountable Relationships Look Like

People who are targeted by systemic injustice know far more about that injustice than those who are granted unearned privileges by that same system. Therefore, anti-racist practice necessitates that White people listen to, learn from, and be accountable to People of Color as the primary source of knowledge about racism, White supremacy, White privilege, and antiracist action.

The statements presented here are gleaned from conversations we have had over the past 12 years of working together as anti-racism educators. These statements have also been informed by the wisdom of other educators and organizers. We especially want to acknowledge and express gratitude to our mentor, friend, and colleague Monique Savage. Some of the written sources that have informed our statements are listed at the end of this document. We share these insights as a work in progress knowing that as we continue to learn and grow, these statements will be amended and expanded.

Dionardo Pizaña and Melanie S. Morrison

Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester – Anti-racism resources

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has a useful listing of anti-racism resources on its website including topics on film and TV, articles, books and podcasts.

Rochester Black Agenda

NCBI Rochester fully supports the Rochester Black Agenda position that racism is a public health crisis in our community. Founded in 2015, the Rochester Black Agenda is committed to the uplifting and improvement of Black people in the Greater Rochester area. The full statement appears below.

BAG Racism Declaration

Interrupt Racism

The Urban League of Rochester has launched a new equity-based collective impact platform called Interrupt Racism. They are collecting strategies and stories to explore ways to do exactly as the title suggests—Interrupt Racism. Feel free to join them in this effort to move our community forward. Their link appears below for your consideration.

Democrat & Chronicle – Blog by Steve Jarose

This blog is part of a Democrat and Chronicle initiative designed to raise awareness about race and racism, and inspire a more inclusive and creative approach to solving community problems. NCBI Rochester’s own Steven Jarose blogs weekly about topics important to the greater Rochester area.

Frank Staropoli

Frank Staropoli has a blog regarding “[his] way of continuing my own learning, [his] own engagement, [his] own actions to counteract racism” with a focus on Rochester’s specific connections to issues of racism.