Sustainable Fairfax stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We are devastated by the gut-wrenching and needless death of George Floyd. The heartbreaking events of the last month have made the truth of present day America quite clear: racism continues to be deeply rooted in our present day society.
For us, this has been a time of deep listening, learning and introspection. Fairfax is 89% white, and Marin County is highly segregated due in large part to the racist housing policies of the past. As a center working toward a better future for all, we must work to dismantle the systems that tolerate racism and violence against people of color. There can be no climate justice without social justice.
What can we do as individuals and as an organization to become effective allies to people of color, and join with them to support the movement towards an equitable and sustainable world for all?
- Taking a meaningful look at white privilege and the history of racism in this country. See this talk on “White Fragility” and explore this list of other books, films and podcasts.
- Speaking out against racism when it appears. See this guide for ideas on being an ally to marginalized communities.
- Actively recruiting people of color to take open positions at Sustainable Fairfax (or other local organizations and committees).
- Amplifying the voices of people of color within the environmental movement. See Isha Clarke and Youth v. Apocalypse, and Intersectional Environmentalist
- Setting up a recurring donation to an organization that is supporting the fight against racism – for example:
Diversity, de-segregation and equity can only strengthen our community. Let us work together to make positive change, heal the deep wounds of the past, and honor the memories of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many others who have tragically lost their lives.
Stay Safe and Strong,
“In a Racist Society it is not enough to be non-racist.
We must be anti-racist.”
– – Angela Y. Davis