Updated: Aug 28
Hi KCA Community,
I am writing to provide information to support students, parents and staff that want to continue to engage in a collective process involving learning, dialogue and action related to racial justice at KCA and in the larger community. Here are some upcoming opportunities followed by some educational resources.
Ellen Ritchie, LCSW
KCA School Counselor
Online Community Conversation
In addition to the protest sponsored by KCA last weekend, we know that many of our students are learning about and participating in the current protest movement led by Black Lives Matter. We will be holding an online dialogue / conversation to check-in with students, learn from each other and talk about how we can continue to support antiracist organizing in our community. Students -Please join us this Thursday at 6:30pm. A zoom invitation will go out to student KCA email accounts soon - please be sure to reply to let us know if you will be joining the meeting. Staff are encouraged to attend and engage in this discussion with students.
Antiracist Study Group
We are interested in coordinating a community study group for anyone (students, teachers, staff, parents) interested in reading and learning together about antiracism and racial justice. We would choose articles or a book to read over the summer and would meet a total of 4 times (approximately every two weeks) online this summer to discuss what we are reading and our reactions.
Please respond here if you are interested and to offer your resource / book suggestions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScy_Hg9GFVk1LfUq4BejwKpOHG2rggYvcuK5PFUf9G3TV0TCQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Public Address on Revolution: Revolution Now: Rachel Cargle
Trevor Noah: Trevor shares his thoughts on the killing of George Floyd, the protests in Minneapolis, the dominos of racial injustice and police brutality, and how the contract between society and black Americans has been broken time and time again.
Code Switch Podcast:
The 1619 Project:
On Being: Interview with Resmaa Menakem: Notice the Rage, Notice the Silence
A few Articles:
Isaac Chotiner: A Black Lives Matter co-founder explains why this time is different.
Ibram X. Kendi: An American Nightmare
Michelle Alexander: America, this is your chance.
Racial Trauma in Film: How Viewers Can Address Re-traumatization https://counseling.northwestern.edu/blog/racial-trauma-retraumatization-film/
More Resource Lists:
Resources including Books, Podcasts, Etc from Wake-up Call:
Resources List By Education Director of the Wayfinder Project:
Justice in June: This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.
Writer Alyssa Klein and activist and filmmaker Sarah Sophie Flicker compiled a public google doc with over 75 anti-racism resources for white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work.
Local Organizing Groups:
One Struggle KC: https://www.facebook.com/1strugglekc/
One Struggle KC is a collective of Kansas City activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed Black communities, locally and globally.
SURJ KC organizes white people, as part of a multi-racial majority, for racial justice. White people: Take the call. Show Up for Racial Justice