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BAWT Family, 

We dedicate this month’s newsletter to healthy and strong Black lives and futures. Juneteenth, Freedom Day, is June 19th. America has come a long way since the Emancipation Proclamation and has so much further to go. We are committed to doing the work.

It would be easy to hashtag and link a slew of solidarity slogans and hit send without doing the work. What’s harder, however, is looking in the mirror and considering power and privilege in the context of the history of BAWT’s leadership representation. We are not a racially/ethnically homogenous staff and board, yet our representation, especially in leadership, is historically and currently weighted more white than our mission and vision demands it to be. It is a major blindspot. To change that: if you are a person of color in our community, please consider joining our board. If you are an alum of color who has taken one of our courses, please consider joining our instructor community. And if you are a person of color in our community with experience or interest in learning about non-profit development, please keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming available position on our development team. We want YOU to be the future of our organization. The lived experience of our staff and leadership must better reflect the community we serve and we are committed to making that change. And if you have suggestions or feedback for us on how we can do better that you want to share, please reach out to us to start a conversation. We want to hear from you.

A truly anti-racist society is a long journey, and we are committed to doing the work as individuals and as an organization. We will continue to share our updates on the internal work being done through our newsletters with you, as accountability is key to bringing about real change. Below are resources and like-minded organizations that we would like to amplify and highlight. We remain dedicated to supporting and enabling people of color in exploring and finding rejuvenation in outdoor spaces, and are excited to share our new virtual programming and long-term gear loans in adaptation with the times. Thank you for reading and joining us in this work, thank you for supporting us through our Bridge Fund during the month of May – because of the generosity of our community we were able to close the gap – and thank you for being part of our community.  

In community and solidarity, 

The BAWT Team

Resources

Support & Donate

People’s Breakfast Oakland – providing bail and legal support for Black folks in Oakland

Anti Police-Terror Project – funds are needed to print materials, pay for subscriptions such as web hosting, facility rental for meetings and workshops, and organize effectively

Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee Bail Fund – locally organized community bail fund

East Oakland Collective – fund to distribute food, water, medical supplies to protesters and unhoused Oakland residents

Black Earth Farms – Ensuring low-income and houseless communities in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, and Richmond have consistent access to healthy food. Currently providing FREE EMERGENCY FOOD HOTLINE for Black frontline protestors in Oakland – Cashapp – $blackearth ; Venmo – @blackearthfarms

TGI Justice Project

SoOakland: Rebuilding Oakland Black Businesses

Free Binoculars for Black Birders

Silicon Valley Democratic Socialists of America Temporary Bail Fund

PGM Black Joy Fund: ApplyDonate

#nopeacenojusticesf Multipurpose – multipurpose fund in support if San Francisco protestors who are in need of legal aid and protest supplies

Political Action

Defund12.org – Email government officials and council members to reallocate egregious police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality via this crowd-sourced tool.

Petitions to sign

Register to Vote

Support Black Owned Bay Area Business 

Black-owned Bay Area Restaurants – search by city for Black-owned restaurants near you

Bay Area Black Market – Discover Black-owned business in the Bay Area through his searchable platform

Ashay By the Bay – Black-owned bookstore in Vallejo

Self-Care

The Loveland Foundation: FREE therapy for Black women and girls

Black Emotion and Mental Health Collective: virtual therapist network

Therapy for Black Girls: a space developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant to Black womxn

The Safe Place App: minority mental health app available on IOS and Google Play, educates and raises awareness on mental illness in the Black community

Therapy Resources for BIPOC/Queer Folx: a list of therapists who special in supporting BIPOC and queer folks

PGM ONE

Freedom Community Clinic: bringing whole-person healing to shared communities in the Bay Area

Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective: hosts monthly community potlucks (accessible options and childcare provided; currently on hold due to COVID-19)

Anti-Racism Resources for White Allies

Resources for Allies in the Bay – This is a living document that contains resources pertaining to the Bay Area — which exists on the land of the Muwekma Ohlone. You can find information on upcoming protests, legal aid funds, mutual aid funds, community support resources, and allyship.

An open letter (with resources) from Women of Color Collective in Sustainability, Kinetic Communities, and Latinos in Sustainability

Anti-Racism Books and Reading Lists (List from Victoria Alexander)

Anti-Racist Starter Kit

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Anti-Racist Lit. Intermediate Kit

The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Racist Lit. Topic Specifics

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinckney

Anti-Racist Lit. Biographies, Non-Fiction Novels, Personal Narratives

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Killing Rage, Ending Racism by bell hooks

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Anti-Racist Lit. Black Feminism

How We Got Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Ain’t I a Woman: Black women and feminism by bell hooks

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

In Search of our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Anti-Racist Lit. Black LGBTQ+

Giovanni’s Room by Giovanni’s Room

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A. Carruthers

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson

Since I Laid My Burden Down by Brontez Purnell

The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir by Staceyann Chin

No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie