How white people can support the Movement for Black Lives
We hear a lot these days about being “allies” and “standing in solidarity” with people on the front lines of justice movements. What does that mean? How do we live out those commitments?
You are invited to join — in person in California, or via an Internet livestream feed — an upcoming conversation to engage these important questions:
The Future of Solidarity: How White People Can Support the Movement for Black Lives
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 PM Pacific, 10:00 PM Eastern
Via a live Internet stream, or in person in Oakland, CA
As an FOR member, I know our community of spiritually-rooted activists can struggle with how to best exemplify solidarity — especially for those of us who are white North Americans.
Sometimes this tension emerges in our international partnerships — with activists in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere — but more often, we are both encouraged and challenged to express our anti-racist commitments right in our home communities.
With the emergence of the Movement for Black Lives, now is the right time to expand our knowledge of faithful and powerful solidarity.
Please join me on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Pacific time for this timely conversation. You can attend the live event in downtown Oakland, CA, or join us online through an Internet livestream.
Details about the event
The discussion will feature three members of Bay Area Black Lives Matter:
- Robbie Clark, Housing Rights Campaign Lead Organizer, Causa Justa/Just Cause
- Devonté Jackson, Bay Area Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
- Janetta Johnson, Executive Director, Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project
The event will be moderated by Clare Bayard from the Catalyst Project.
Can’t make it to Oakland in person? Join us for a live Internet stream of the event!
A link for the Internet stream hasn’t yet been announced, but you can follow the event on Facebook for an update as soon as it is available.
The livestream will include a live transcription of the discussion.
Oakland, CA event
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA (get directions)
Tickets are available at a sliding scale donation of $5 to $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds from the tickets will go directly to the Black Lives Matter Bay Area Chapter.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available for this event — please email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time to let us know if you would like childcare. We ask that you do what you can to be fragrance free so people who have chemical sensitivities and related illnesses can participate.
If you have questions about these or other access needs, such as Spanish or ASL interpretation, please contact email@example.com before Feb. 23.
Please join the event on Facebook and share with your friends and neighbors, in Oakland and beyond!
Zara is a former member of the FOR-USA National Council, an interdisciplinary studies educator, anti-oppression facilitator, and co-founder of the White Noise Collective.