Racial & Social Justice Resources

CCP has held monthly Racial Justice discussions since June 2020. If you would like to read a brief summary of previous meetings, please click here.

CCP congregants join millions of Americans in condemning the recent violent incidents in Buffalo NY and Uvalde TX, and feeling frustrated by our inability to change gun laws. We encourage you to follow one of the recommendations of Gunsense Vermont, below,

STATEMENT FROM GUNSENSE VERMONT
ON THE ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Today we mourn the deaths of 19 children and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas. It was the deadliest school shooting in the state’s history, nearly the worst in U.S. history, and it was the second mass shooting in America this week. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families that lost their children yesterday and to the communities reeling from senseless and unfathomable loss.

A horror like yesterday’s massacre brings the reality of gun violence to our hearts and minds in technicolor. But it is not just yesterday or last week. Our hearts break for the 110 people who lost their lives to gun violence each day in 2020 — the majority of them Black and Brown young men. We grieve for those families and neighborhoods as well.

In our gun-obsessed culture, we have prioritized the right to have unfettered access to firearms over the lives of our own children. We no longer live in a free country – freedom is the expectation that you can send your kids to school, or the store or down the block and know that they’ll return home safely each day. Today, no parent in America has that certainty.

This is not normal. It does not have to be this way. No other developed country comes close to this level of gun violence. And no other country comes close to allowing guns to be purchased and carried with as few restrictions as this country does.

What will be the result of 19 more innocent children shot dead in their classrooms? The answer will be not nearly enough unless we finally hold our elected leaders accountable and demand change. Each and every one of us has a part to play in ending gun violence and the only way to honor these victims is through actions, not words.

Robb Elementary School could be any school in Vermont. Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo could be your local grocery store. The time for passive activism is over. All of us are responsible for taking action and demanding change.

What You Can Do:

READ

National Equity Project has a fabulous reading list for many topics: such as, 1) Rebel Leadership for our Collective Future; 2) No New Normal: Redesigning Our Collective Future; 3) Self-Care, Family & Community Well-being; 4) Academic & Social Emotional Learning Resources for Educators; 5) Tools, Tips and Strategies for Humanizing Online Learning for Adults and Young People; 6) Adaptive Leadership in the Age of the Coronavirus; 7) Political Analysis & Social Commentary; and my favorite, 8) Resources for the Heart. (Ann R. highly recommends)
https://www.nationalequityproject.org/resources/covid19

Each month, CCP congregants read new books and articles, and if they think they will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have read and encourage others to read.

Books

Articles

WATCH

Each month, CCP congregants watch movies, television shows, TED talks, YouTube Talks and Website shows. If they think what they watched will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have watched and encourage others to watch.

Movies

Television

TED/YouTube Talks/Websites

LISTEN

Each month, CCP congregants listen to podcasts and music and if they think what they watched will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have heard and encourage others to listen to.

Podcasts and Music

ACT

As time has gone by, we have increasing opportunities to support our BIPOC neighbors in Vermont, and our monthly discussions are a good way to share them. Please click on the links below to see how members of our congregation have been involved in racial justice actions and how the Presbyterian Church has been involved.

Vermont

Presbyterian Church USA