None of us are safe until all of us are safe
This week, the world bore witness to another act of white supremacist, misogynistic terrorism inflicted upon women of color. We mourn the eight precious lives lost in Atlanta. None of us are safe until all of us are safe; anti-Asian discrimination and violence share the same toxic root as anti-Blackness, and all other racialized oppression – white supremacy.
We call on the media to tell the stories of these lost mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, friends, business owners, warm friends and so much more in full, and to name what this is –racism. We call on our elected officials and policymakers at all levels of government to “address the growing threat of white nationalism” with concrete policy and resource allocation. And we call on you to find a way to support Asian, Asian American Pacific Islander and Asian American communities — and all communities of color — in this dark and difficult time. Learn about the long history of racist and colonialist violence against Asian communities. Donate to nonprofits organizations doing liberation work in this space. And work in community to identify and implement solutions to the great, global threat of white supremacy.
We have the privilege of working with diverse and visionary organizations and leaders that stand in solidarity with each other and with our brothers and sisters across movements. We look to them in this moment for action items, inspiration and hope for the future:
- Akonadi Foundation
- East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
- Power California
- Grantmakers for Girls of Color
- Advancement Project California
“This has been hundreds of years of systemic oppression and very apparent anti-Blackness within school spaces. We know that beyond three years there’s going to be work that needs to be done.” Jasmine Williams, Communications Director for the Black Organizing Project recently spoke with KQED about how the implementation of last year’s groundbreaking George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Department is the start of a new, critical, and likely decades-long undertaking to achieve BOP’s ultimate goal of true community safety.
Communications — and Capacity — for Change
“Communications and storytelling are the key ingredients that movements need to win justice….The reality, however, is that organizing groups and movement building organizations often are working with little to no internal communications capacity.” Our CEO Bilen Mesfin Packwood wrote a new blog post on why and how Change Consulting works with our partners to strengthen internal capacity so they can communicate their vision, and win hearts and minds. More at our website.
We Are Hiring!
We are excited to announce that we are growing our team! Change Consulting is looking for our next Communications Manager to support earned media projects that uplift racial justice leaders and movements. If you are passionate about communications and storytelling for racial and social justice, we want you on our team. More information at our website: change-llc.com/communications-manager-earned-media-specialist/