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Special Edition: Racism and Our Community (6/8/20)

Dear friends of Flagstaff’s future,

The work of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future is directed toward achieving a
“sustainable, just, and thriving community.” But until people of color, indigenous
people, and undocumented people in our community know they are safe,
protected, and valued, we will fall short of this goal.

The death of George Floyd makes it clear that it is not enough to condemn
racism. And it is not enough to condemn police violence and the many crushing
forms that discrimination takes. We must hold ourselves accountable for what
happens to people of color, native peoples, and undocumented people in our
community. And we must pay attention to all the ways in which discrimination has
taken hold and all the ways it plays out in the life of our community.

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future commits itself to participating in meaningful change
to dismantle racism in our community. As we monitor issues related to
development, planning, land and resource use, and the local economy, we will
listen closely to the guidance given by people of color, native peoples, and
members of our immigrant community. Now, more than ever, we will ensure that
justice and equity—and the dismantling of the legacy of racism and white
supremacy—is an orienting principle of our organization.

Racism is a pandemic. Each of us can be an antidote, counteracting the poison
of racism. True sustainability and community vitality depend on it.

Let’s create the change we want to be and push for better conditions for all!

The Board of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future

 

A Few Helpful Links

Warner Bros is free streaming “Just Mercy” in June through a variety of digital movie services in the U.S. including Apple TV, Fandango Now, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox, The Play Station Store, Vudu, Microsoft, and YouTube.

Greater Good Magazine: “Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?” https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/can_we_reduce_bias_in_criminal_justice

NAACP: “We Are Done Dying: You Can Change This”  https://naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/

Greater Good Magazine: “What Will It Take to Address our Differences? https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_will_it_take_to_bridge_our_differences

Chronicle of Higher Education: “How Long Must We Wait: What It's Like to be Black and Exhausted in America” by Richard Sellers https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Long-Must-We-Wait-/248919

PEW Research Differences in Perceptions of Law Enforcement: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/06/05/a-month-before-george-floyds-death-black-and-white-americans-differed-sharply-in-confidence-in-the-police/