Below are resources for immediate advocacy and action. We hope these will serve as a starting point for more long-term engagement with the current movement against anti-Black racism, the prison-industrial-complex, and police brutality.
This is a crowd-sourced document edited by members of the Action Lab. It is lengthy but useful for finding centralized information about the Black lives we have lost, petitions to sign, and many other helpful resources.
This letter was written by Laura S. Abrams, PhD, Chair & Professor at UCLA Luskin Social Welfare and Alan J. Dettlaff, PhD, Dean & Professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. It includes a helpful perspective and a list of suggested actions to take.
In this guide, Babe Kawaii-Bogue poses questions to consider when combating anti-Blackness and white supremacy in departments, organizations, and institutions. She also draws on her own work and context to provide additional considerations for how you might decide to implement these strategies in your workplace.
2020 ushered in the coronavirus disease that ravished Black bodies in a discriminating way, laying bare systemic inequalities for all to see. The year continued as we were made to witness the continuous murders of Black individuals by those sworn to serve and protect them. And then the year ended, just as ferocious as it entered, with the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol displaying America’s white supremacist way of policing.
As we commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year, we are reminded of the work that he did to end the terror Blacks faced living in the South, and we forge ahead with a commitment to add to his work in the spaces we hold.
As students of the Action Lab, committed to dismantling anti-Black racism, we thought this an apt time to share with you National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) refusal to support BLM and denounce anti-Black racism, as well as their call for social workers to collaborate with police officers. We believe their position is in opposition to the movement for Black lives.
We encourage you to take 5 minutes to read the following letter and then join us in supporting this work to address anti-Black racism.