Last week, a white shooter killed nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, in a hate-based, racially motivated crime. Here are four ways you can respond with action this week. St. Lydia’s will be engaged in following and supporting the work of Faith In New York as actions are developed, and as we continue to work for racial justice over the long term.
1. Spend time in intentional in prayer this week, praying for each victim by name and their family.
2.Read one, two, or three pieces from the #CharlestonSyllabus created by the African American Intellectual History Society. There is a lot of material, so if you’re looking for a place to start, you might begin with Nell Irvin Painter’s “What Is Whiteness,” Kidada E. Williams’ “Centuries of Violence,” Edward E. Baptist’s “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the making of American Capitalism,” George Lipsitz’s, “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness : how white people profit from identity politics.”
3. Abstain from a luxury this month (and maybe next month too!) like coffee, movies, or drinks, then give the money you save to an organization dedicated to racial justice. We recommend the NAACP (a national organization) or Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (a local organization.
4. Attend the Leadership Assembly planned by Faith in New York on the evening of Thursday, July 23, where PICO organizers will train congregants to build strong congregational teams that work for racial and economic justice.