The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW:
The Conscious Kid — Education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth.
Color of Change — Designing campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
Ibram X. Kendi — New York Times bestselling author, Founding Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC, and professor of history and international relations.
Rachel Cargle — Public academic, writer, lecturer, and activist providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources to explore the intersection of race and womanhood.
Brittany Packnett Cunningham — Activist, educator, writer, and leader at the intersection of culture and justice. She is an NBC News contributor, co-host of Pod Save the People, and co-founder of Campaign Zero.
Rachel Ricketts — Racial justice educator, lawyer, healer, speaker, and author working to dismantle racism, help Black and Indigenous women heal from internalized oppression, and help us all reclaim our freedom.
Communities United Against Police Brutality — is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end. We provide support for survivors of police brutality and families of victims so they can reclaim their dignity and join the struggle to end police brutality.
Color of Change — is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.
My Brother's Keeper — MBK Alliance leads a cross-sector national call to action focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.
A Letter to TakeAction for Equality — Elizabeth Morrison, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Live Nation Entertainment compiled a list for anyone who wants guidance on where to turn to make a real difference. Topics range from becoming an ally, economic empowerment, White privilege to understanding the workplace experience for black/underrepresented people and a few others.
We are driven by the fundamental belief that when businesses succeed, our community thrives! We are a convener of leaders and influencers. A catalyst for business growth, and a champion for a stronger community.
At the end of 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, a new law that provides for additional relief related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, 2021), includes a second draw of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans (PPP Second Draw Loans) and updates to the original PPP loan. It also allows businesses to deduct ordinary and necessary expenses paid from the proceeds of PPP loans.
The African American Community Service Agency has a variety of events coming up in honor of Black History Month. If you are not able to engage in some of their upcoming events you can also find a link to donate to their organization.
There's a new program coming soon, so please put this on your radar. The U.S. Small Business Administration is currently working on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. This new program was passed in the most recent stimulus bill, adding to the mix of business-relief programs designed to address economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill sets aside $15 billion for the program and qualifying venues can get up to $10 million in grant money. They are NOT ACCEPTING applications yet, but you can begin evaluating the eligibility requirements and sign up for updates through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Meriwest, one of Silicon Valley’s Premier Credit Unions sponsored grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank to support projects of two Community Based Nonprofits. The Credit Union also provided additional support to local charities to assist them in meeting the needs of their clients during the pandemic. Meriwest sponsored a grant of $1,055,000.00 for CityTeam San Jose through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program. This project will renovate an existing transitional housing and emergency shelter for homeless and low income residents. It will also provide meals and improve the financial mobility of residents through financial educational workshops.
We are hosting various online webinars providing our SVO members access to business resources, as well as discuss upcoming policy changes that affect business operations. We have invited political and industry experts to lead our webinars to make you our members are up to speed with all of the legislative updates that relate to COVID-19. In case you miss one, you can watch our webinar recordings here!