Not being racist is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough. To put an end to the systems that disadvantage people of color around the world, we must be ANTI-RACIST. Being anti-racist is an ongoing activity that involves learning about the root causes of inequality and the many solutions that can bring it to an end, educating others and encouraging conversations that are often challenging, and using whatever resources available to us—our time, our voice, our money—to assist others fighting systemic racism and violence every day.
As we have seen through the Faces of the #R2RVirtualMarathon project, the Run to Reach community and the global running community as a whole invite and support people of all racial, ethnic, sexual, gender, and religious identities. To be a part of this community is to ensure that each and every member is welcomed, supported, and protected. If you are someone whose various identities offer a privilege, use your privilege to support those without. Buy and read books to make yourself better. Donate to any of the countless organizations working to protect Black lives in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Sign petitions demanding that justice be served in the racist killings of black men, women, and children by both police and civilians. Call representatives Here is a list of some ways to be involved today.
Organizations to support with a donation:
Petitions to sign with your time:
Justice for George Floyd (Change.org)* Donations to Change.org petitions do NOT go to the cause itself, but to the website.
Support with your voice:
Call your local representatives and urge them to implement police reform and specifically the policies outlined in Campaign Zero’s 8 Can’t Wait Project.
Books to read:
If you have other suggestions for groups, organizations, programs, or petitions to support, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.