The steps of Cambridge City Hall on June 2, 2020. Photo by Only in Boston.
The Cambridge Community Foundation is deeply involved in many of the issues that intersect with racial equity, and we’ve pledged to undergo a deep introspection of ourselves and our work, with an intentional lens on racial equity. Read more in a letter from our president, Geeta Pradhan.
We invite you to join us by educating ourselves and one another, being proactive, lifting up leaders of color, and learning about and rallying behind the organizations supporting our Black and Brown neighbors. Here are some resources shared by our community that can help us all on our journey to educate ourselves and take action. Please share widely! If you’d like to add a resource to our list, please email us.
Resources to learn about Social and Racial Justice
How To Be An Anti-Racist (2019 NYT Best-Seller)
The Case for Reparations (2014 article from The Atlantic)
White Fragility (2018 NYT Best-Seller)
Many Helping Hands 365 – Racial Justice Resources and resources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work
Building Equity Bridges – Cambridge Public Schools; Barriers to Equity in Cambridge Public Schools
Many Voices Project: Poems by the People of Cambridge – Reflections on race, justice and equality after Ferguson and Staten Island– a 2015 Cambridge poetry project in response to the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner
To watch or listen:
Five-Part Series on Black Cambridge and Covid-19, hosted by School Committee Vice-Chair Manikka Bowman and Former Mayor and City Councilor Denise Simmons. Watch the first session on Education. Subscribe for future sessions: [email protected] or [email protected]
Especially for families and children:
Support Social Justice organizations
Sisters Unchained, Cambridge Community Foundation’s 2019 Social Innovation Award winner
Ideas on ways to take action
Advocate for digital equity and Municipal Broadband. Write to the City Manager asking for action towards creating Municipal Broadband: Louis DiPasquale, City Manager [email protected] Learn more from Upgrade Cambridge.