What we're about

A multiracial/cross-class group of folks dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation, we engage in a variety of group discussions to build community and awareness, and take action to disrupt the systems of racism in the U.S. and beyond. We support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations.

“Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” by Angel Kyodo Williams

Upcoming events (5)

Attend: Healing Divisions: Embracing our Common Humanity Virtual Circle

At a time when violent extremism is on the rise and messages of polarization dominate political rhetoric and the streets, we turn to those who have found the courage to reshape their identities, move beyond the process of “othering” and find healing, hope and inspiration by embracing our common humanity. Through sharing their lived experience our speakers will shed light on the root causes of bigotry and violent extremism, the challenges and ambivalences on the road to healing divisions and the steps you can take within yourself and your communities to bridge the divides of “otherness.” (from Global Citizens Circle, the hosts) For more information about program and discussion leaders: http://globalcitizenscircle.squarespace.com/ Register here if you want to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVWfqiGtDdgv2qfAYanQxiRqJrmxynjoQTIElnf_FffNjzig/viewform ** If you want to attend this, you NEED to RSVP with the hosts so they can manage their event with info about participant interest and send you a Zoom link. This is not a Knapsack meeting...it is posted here to share it with you. You are welcome to RSVP on this Knapsack page (but it is not required). The Zoom link will NOT be posted on this Knapsack page.

Attend: SURJB Action Hour! (over Zoom)

Online event

SURJB members guide attendees through actions in support of COVID19 relief efforts, defunding the police, building housing justice, and many more actions for racial justice in Greater Boston and the Commonwealth. SURJB (https://www.surjboston.org/) is the Boston chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national organization dedicated to organizing white people against white supremacy in all its forms. Thus, our audience tends to be primarily white - AND everyone is welcome to this space. We will work to ensure the comfort and safety of BIPOC who join our space. Register here if you want to attend (can sign up for any Wednesday at noon, Deb posts the ones she can attend): https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upcld-ihqToirKKbtqK0P5dODHKKpDDUEg ** If you want to attend this, you NEED to RSVP with the hosts so they can manage their event with info about participant interest and send you a Zoom link. This is not a Knapsack meeting...it is posted here to share it with you. You are welcome to RSVP on this Knapsack page (but it is not required). The Zoom link will NOT be posted on this Knapsack page.

Writing Out, Speaking Up (over Zoom)

Online event

As we continue to reveal, acknowledge, grieve, and confront the realities of racism and state violence against so many Black and Brown people, many of us are feeling the greater need--and value--of speaking out against racism in order to end and undo it. We are accepting that we MUST talk with our family, friends, neighbors, employers (and many more) to talk about racial injustice. We might want to reach out to folks with a letter, a poem, a song, a speech, or a social media post. Maybe we have started to think about what we want to say, and we just need a nudge and a safe(r) space to practice using that voice. This meeting is for you. For homework, we are writing drafts independently on the project we personally want to take on. This meeting is to come back and share our words, written down to practice using our voice with clarity, and to get feedback and support for making it heard. (We welcome you to share up to 5 minutes of what you have written.) Optional writing prompt ideas (pick one or more): 1. What is “my one thing” that I can do to act for social justice and societal change? (inspired by listening to this podcast on "Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice" with Omkari Williams: "Talking about Dismantling White Supremacy and Cross Stitching (yeah they're connected)" with About Badass Cross Stitch founder, Shannon Downey: https://www.podbean.com/ea/pb-cist8-e28c3f) 2. What is the next biggest risk I can take? (share the process: decide what to do, start/do it, how did it go?) 3. What can I bring to society as an anti-racist? 4. Write a "story of self." The purpose of a story of self is to share your "why" specific to the area of racial justice that you're speaking to (abolition; educational reform; housing justice; healthcare) and to invite listeners into that work through revealing some part of your values/experience/truth. Our racial justice work represents an anthology of many stories of self! Note: This is NOT a writing class. We will NOT be critiquing the writing, or correcting grammar. We are using writing as a tool to practice using our voices as anti-racists. We WILL share with each other what messages we heard in the words we each wrote. Perfection is not the goal. Whatever we practice, gets stronger. And we are stronger and better together. All are welcome. ZOOM: The meeting code will be posted in the comments on this page before the meeting. Only folks who RSVP will be let in from the "waiting room." Put a comment on this page if you are having problems getting in. If you RSVP that you can attend, we expect you to attend. So if your plans change, please let us know (in comments or change your RSVP). We appreciate you helping us this way. Please let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. ** For those who share the physical space you are in during a Zoom meeting with others, please be aware of and prepare for our new confidentiality agreement in our (always evolving) Group Culture: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#[masked]

Attend: Beyond COVID-19: Closing the Racial Health Gap (over Zoom)

POLITICO Live is convening physicians, advocates and policymakers for its second town hall in the Confronting Inequality in America series to discuss the policy and public health solutions needed to solve the inequalities in the US health care system that have a disproportionate impact on Black and other patients of color. The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare these health inequities with African American and Latino patients being hospitalized or dying from Covid-19 at higher rates. Before the pandemic, Blacks and Latinos already faced a number of obstacles in receiving primary and preventive care, which is tied to a number of factors such as poverty, educational attainment and structural discrimination in the health care system. In this town hall, the presenters will also address implicit bias in health care, Black maternal mortality rates and the lack of Black doctors and its impact in the quality of care that Black patients receive. For more information about the program and presenters, and to register if you want to attend: https://confrontinginequality.splashthat.com/sa ** If you want to attend this, you NEED to RSVP with the hosts so they can manage their event with info about participant interest and send you a Zoom link. This is not a Knapsack meeting...it is posted here to share it with you. You are welcome to RSVP on this Knapsack page (but it is not required). The Zoom link will NOT be posted on this Knapsack page. Deb is not sure about the duration of this event...maybe more or less.

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