Anti-Racism Resources

As a multifaith organization dedicated to creating healthier and more just communities, we recognize that centuries of systemic racism results in the police brutality, health disparities, inequitable distribution of resources, and U.S. justice system oppressing communities of color today.

 

We recently released a Statement on Police Brutality, Systemic Racism, and Injustice, in which we state our organization's solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We also commit ourselves to the ongoing work of anti-racism and invite you to join us in this endeavor. It is time people of faith to speak out. 


Anti-Racist Pledge for your Faith Community 

Faith in Place’s Statement on Police Brutality, Systemic Racism, and Injustice

Articles on the intersection of Racial justice and Climate Change 

Anti-Racism Training Materials

Resources

Articles on Racial Justice & Climate Change 

 
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Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing (Adopted 1996)

EJnet.org

SNEEJ

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Favianna Rodriguez on Why Art Matters in a Time of Crisis | The Power of Disruptive Art

Grist

Adrienne Day

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General Iron Gets State OK to Open on Southeast Side | Community Opposed

Chicago Sun-Times

Brett Chase

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Black Environmentalists are Organizing to Save the Planet from Injustice

Grist

Rachel Ramirez

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Have nonprofit and philanthropy become the “white moderate” that ...

Nonprofit AF

Vu Le

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Racism Kills: Why Many Are Declaring It a Public Health Crisis

Rolling Stone

Elizabeth Yuko

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Climate Justice is Racial Justice, Racial Justice is Climate Justice

Shondaland

Lennox Yearwood Jr.

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Opinion: If You Care About the Planet, You Must Dismantle White Supremacy

Grist

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

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The Movement for Black Lives and Environmentalists Are Finding Common Ground

Gizmodo

Yessenia Funes

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Lightfoot Should Nix General Iron’s Southeast Side Relocation Plans

Chicago Sun-Times

CST Editorial Board

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It's Time for Environmental Studies to Own Up to Erasing Black People

Vice

Wanjiku Gatheru

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Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most

The New York Times

Christopher Flavelle

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Faith in Place’s Statement on Police Brutality, Systemic Racism, and Injustice

 

Faith in Place stands in solidarity with those protesting the systemic racism embodied in acts of police brutality and murder. We condemn the ways our nation continues to perpetuate white supremacy. We reject a system that blatantly disregards Black lives and perpetuates violence.

Faith in Place’s board, staff, network of Green Teams, and faith partners recognize the systemic effects of centuries of racism and commit even further to advancing environmental justice through our programs and advocacy. We pledge to continue to oppose racism and champion justice against the normalcy of white supremacy by examination of our systems and ourselves. 

Since Black communities are affected by environmental justice issues at disproportionate rates, we must all step up our efforts. Justice means safe, healthy neighborhoods where African Americans can live without fear of being sickened, harassed, beaten, or killed. Our commitment to advancing environmental justice starts with shared dialogue and continues with enacting anti-racist policies and practices in all our work.

  

We invite you to join our lament and protest. Together, let us pray and act for a new reality embodying the justice, compassion, wisdom, and strength our many faiths teach us. Please consider signing on to our House of Worship Anti-Racist Pledge below. 

Sincerely, 

Faith in Place 

Anti-Racist Pledge for Houses of Worship

 

As a multifaith organization dedicated to creating healthier and more just communities, we recognize that centuries of systemic racism results in the police brutality, health disparities, inequitable distribution of resources, and U.S. justice system oppressing communities of color today. Faith in Place and Faith in Place Action Fund have renewed and reevaluated our dedication to anti-racism both within and outside of the organization. We know that remaining silent places us on the side of the oppressor, so it is necessary in this time for us to acknowledge that without racial justice, there is no movement for environmental justice.

We need anti-racism commitments and actions to be incorporated into everything organizations do so that genuine healing can occur in order to create a more just world. We invite the leadership at your House of Worship to commit to anti-racist work by pledging to take proactive action.

In our Antiracist Pledge Statement, we included a few ways your faith community can pledge support. We ask you to consider these and the many other ways you can work to dismantle systemic racism and sign onto this letter with your commitment.

 

Sign the Anti-Racist Pledge Statement

We are grateful for the following Houses of Worship which have pledged to be anti-racist Faith Communities:

Anti-Racism Training Materials