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The following list represent a few of the many ways you can explore anti-racism and contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. Some of the items are time sensitive, others can be completed any time.

To suggest action items or get more information about the Racial Justice Team, contact the RJT chairs at racialjusticechair@uusic.org

Week of August 5

  1. Watch “I Am Not Your Negro, ” a documentary on James Baldwin. Free with Amazon Prime or Kanopy
  2. Read “Race After Technology,” a 2020 award-winning book by Ruha Benjamin
  3. Volunteer to assist Johnson County Interfaith Coalition’s Voter Engagement Committee with the creation of informational videos to encourage voter participation. Contact Donna Hirst at donna-hirst@uiowa.edu  
  4. Follow Iowa City’s “Black Voices Project” on Facebook and join their August Zoom meeting
  5. Read the article “White Liberals’ Dangerous Hypocrisy on Race

Week of July 29

  1. Support black-owned businesses
  2. Read the UUA report “Widening the Circle of Concern
  3. Watch Emmanuel Acho’s “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” on YouTube
  4. Sign up for an online viewing and discussion of the  documentary “Healing Justice” on August 4 through the Senior Center
  5. Read the New York Times story “What is Owed,” written by Pulitzer Prize Winner (for the 1619 Project) and Waterloo native Nikole Hannah-Jones  

Week of July 22

  1. Send letters of support to our black community leaders to counteract negative, racist feedback
  2. Send letters of support to Coralville City Council and Mayor Lundell for beginning to work on Racial Justice issues and encouraging them to fill their newly vacated council seat with a person of color
  3. Participate in the Johnson County Interfaith Coalition’s online “Change Assembly” on July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
  4. Watch “When They See Us,” a mini-series about the Central Park Five’s wrongful rape convictions, for free on Netflix
  5. Listen to the Revisionist History podcast episode “Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment,” focused on the Brown family from the famous Brown v Board of Education decision  

Week of July 15

  1. Join the UUS Social Justice Team in writing letters to U.S. senators supporting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act 
  2. Watch live or recorded city council meetings for discussions on policing and racial justice
    • Coralville, second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
    • Iowa City, first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. 
  3. Sign up for one or more of the following online events:
    • How to be an Anti-racist,” a nationwide event featuring Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book by the same name. Mon, July 20, 6 p.m.
    • Cracking the Codes,”a film and discussion hosted by the IC Senior Center exploring institutional and structural inequities that create racial disparities. Tues, July 21, 10-noon
    • White Privilege 101: Joining the Conversation,” a film and discussion hosted by the IC Senior Center exploring the concept of white privilege and its impacts. Tues, July 28, 10-noon
  4. Read “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander
  5. Watch “United Shades of America,” Sundays at 9 p.m. on CNN beginning July 19  

Week of July 8

  1. Read “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, a guide to engaging in honest conversations about race and racism
  2. Subscribe to “Anti-Racism Daily,” an email newsletter with small daily reflections and actions
  3. Let Coralville City Council members know you support their work on racial justice and urge them to be transparent. Sample letter
  4. “Like” and interact with the UUS Racial Justice Facebook page 
  5. Sign up for one or both of the following online events:
    •  “Cracking the Codes,” a film and discussion hosted by the IC Senior Center exploring institutional and structural inequities that create racial disparities. Tuesday, July 21st, 10 am to noon
    • How to be an Anti-racist,” a nationwide event featuring Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book by the same name. Monday, July 20th, 6 pm

Week of July 1

  1. Purchase your Black Lives Matter yard sign from UUS.
  2. Tell Gov. Kim Reynolds to restore felon voting rights immediately. (Iowa is the only state that prohibits released felons from voting)
  3. Read “How to be an Anitracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  4. Listen to the “1619” podcast by the New York Times
  5. Watch the movie “12 Years a Slave”  

Week of June 24

  1. Purchase your Black Lives Matter yard sign from UUS
  2. Send a letter to the Iowa City Council thanking them for their prompt resolution supporting the Iowa Freedom Riders’ demands. Extra credit for hand-written notes; see sample letter
  3. Attend the “Actions Speak Louder” protest in Coralville on Saturday at 11 am at Morrison Park 
  4. Watch “13th” on Netflix or for free on YouTube.  This thought-provoking documentary by the director of Selma analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom
  5. Watch “Where Do We Go From Here?” in which Oprah Winfrey speaks with Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America