“Our racial inequality crisis is intertwined with our climate crisis.” –Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
In the last few weeks we’ve experienced a perfect storm of racial, environmental, and health injustice. Communities of color are suffering the most from Covid-19–on top of dealing with the same racism, pollution, and inequity they faced before the pandemic began. This is not OK.
350 Fairfax believes that Black Lives Matter. We think it’s important to tackle issues of racial and environmental justice in tandem with issues of climate change. That’s why we are part of the Green New Deal Virginia coalition; that’s why we advocate for environmental justice bills when they face the General Assembly. But we will work harder to incorporate racial justice and anti-racism into our mission and actions starting today.
To start we’d like to share a few actions and resources, particularly for white people and non-black people of color:
- Support black-owned businesses open during the pandemic.
- Participate in the Movement for Black Lives Week of Action.
- Text “ActionNOW” to 90975 to get regular updates about actions you can take.
- Call your state legislators to demand they work to abolish the cash bail system and take steps to defund state and local police departments.
- I’m a black climate scientist. Racism derails our attempts to save the planet.
- Read Up on the Links between Racism and the Environment.
- What We Must Do to Dismantle White Supremacy (350.org video)
- Talking to kids about racism and inequity
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- The 1619 Project
- Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re OK—Chances Are They’re Not
Groups to Support (with time or money):
- Black Lives Matter DMV
- Black Lives Matter DC Legal Support Fund
- Fairfax County NAACP
- Justice Forward Virginia
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Black Visions Collective
- Campaign Zero