Indivisible Bemidji stands with Black Lives Matter
Indivisible Bemidji was originally formed out of the Women’s March in reaction to the election of a President who did not represent the values that we felt were important. The march and the formation of Indivisible was a rejection of the cynical political agenda of pitting Americans against each other for the purpose of allowing a corrupt elite to further enrich themselves and disenfranchise those who got in their way! We thank those leaders and participants of the Black Lives Matter Movement for their tenacity, energy and righteous indignation on the front lines that are opening the way for change.
At Indivisible we support a Just Society and to achieve this we must make efforts to understand and dismantle institutional racism, and sexism. We believe the progressive goals of Indivisible will support our vision of a just society with universal single payer health care; free and high-quality education through college, for all young people; standing behind fair housing laws and an increased minimum wage; the reversal of Citizens United; and safeguarding of the right for all citizens to vote, in addition to dismantling institutional racism. This is only the beginning.
Our task, as people who live with white privilege, is to remember these words of James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (Baldwin wrote these words in a 1962 essay for The New York Times.)
And also, these words from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz: “Systemic racism is prevalent and has been here. It has caused great pain and it is holding all of us back from being the type of state that we want to be.”
“Whether you like it or not,” he added, “we’re going to be defined either by the murder of George Floyd or by how we respond to the murder of George Floyd.”
Here are resources recommended by the Women’s March Webinar
- Caitlin Breedlove, Chief Strategy Officer, Women’s March
- Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of Poor People’s Campaign
- Kate Shapiro, Women’s March Organizing Director and former Membership Director at SONG (Southerners On New Ground)
- Jenna Arnold, 2017 Women’s March Organizer and Author of Raising Our Hands
In case you missed part of the webinar or want to listen back, you can watch the video recording here. Please share it with your friends and networks.
Here is a list of resources we recommend:
- Women, Race and Class (Angela Davis)
- Killing Rage: Ending Racism (bell hooks)
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Dr. Barbara Ransby)
- Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Movements(Charlene A. Carruthers)
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X Kendi)
- Raising Our Hands (Jenna Arnold)
- Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History (Vron Ware)
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)
- White Supremacy Culture (Tema Okun) (NOTE: This tool centers cultural experiences of white people with class privilege as white culture)
- Southerners On New Ground (SONG) ‘There is Honor in Struggle, There is Honor in the Work’
- Brene Brown with Ibram X Kendi – “How to Be an Anti-Racist”