Stillpoint Spaces is founded upon the principles of creating reflective spaces for difficult conversations. This means addressing the issues that affect us deeply as human beings – both within the individual and social spheres.
As these past weeks have so painfully demonstrated, yet again, the spaces that so many white people take for granted are not safe for others because of their race, ethnicity, or cultural background. This has been further exacerbated during Covid-19 pandemic which has so disproportionately affected underprivileged communities.
We stand in solidarity against racism and oppression in Minneapolis, which is the home of our partners, colleagues, and friends at Stillpoint Magazine and PrairieCare Medical Group, and across the entire world.
In a context of such grave social injustice, organisations like ours have to work even harder to ensure that we are actively anti-racist in the spaces we provide
Take Action - Donate
We understand that it can be confusing to know how to offer your financial support. For this reason we have chosen some funding initiatives that could benefit from your help.
Should you be aware of organisations that require aid or of other resources or events that may offer opportunities for reflection and engagement, please do submit them to us for our review.
Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems. They work for healing and transformative justice.
National Bailout is a nation-wide organisation in the US providing bail for those in poverty. They also emphasise bailing out Black Mamas who can't afford bail, so they can be reunited with their children.
BMHA is a private non-profit organisation which provides training, consultation, support groups, resource referral, public information, and educational resources regarding mental health and mental illness issues.
BlackOut UK is a non-profit organisation who encourages gay/bi and/or trans men of African descent in the UK to work together to address shared challenges. You can support them in different ways, are you a creative? Do you do video, editor, work on marketing, check their support page, you can also do financial contributions.
Friend of BAATN membership is for those who do not identify with being from an African, South Asian or Caribbean heritage but want to support the aims of the Network and gain discounts on events and training. Allies have a critical role to play in creating inclusive environments and they’re key to advancing therapy, training and supervision that is sensitive to Black and Asian issues.
Black Thrive is a partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary and private sector. They work together to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. They address the barriers which lead to poorer outcomes across a range of social factors, such as education, employment, housing, and so on, all of which may negatively impact one’s health and wellbeing.
Black Beetle Health is a public health community organisation dedicated to promoting health, wellbeing and equality for LGBTQ+ communities of colour by shedding light on important health disparities among these communities in the UK and around the world. Our mission is to promote health through evidence-based resource development and sign-posting of BAME-friendly LGBTQ+ services and support groups throughout the UK.
A not for profit, community interest company formed by Black and people of colour working in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) - Decolonising is not just an academic idea but a solution in helping address the huge health inequalities present in SRH.
A place to start
Our colleagues at Stillpoint Magazine helped us putting together a list of texts, videos and other media to continue learning and reflect.
> Ailsa Chang Talks with Chenjerai Kumanyika
“Well, you know, I think that typically, we think that when we look at these sort of difficult periods of history - and often when we say difficult, I just want to be real; what really mean is oppressive - right? - we think, well, it started bad, but maybe it got a little bit better. But in the case of policing, that’s not what happens at all. It gets much worse.”
> Click here for interview text & recording. (June 5 2020).
> Speech By Kimberly Jones Kimberly Jones gives a powerful, eloquent speech that needs to be heard by everyone...
explains in detail why this is happening (racism across 450 years) and the difference between protesting, rioting and looting in 2020.
> Click here to watch. (June 9 2020).
> Dir. Ava Duvernay
Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
> Click here to watch. (Released 2016).
> Dir. Raoul Peck
Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
> Find ways to watch here. (Released 2016).
> Written by Robin Diangelo
In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’” (Claudia Rankine)...
In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
> Details here. (Beacon Press, 2018).
> Written By Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
> Details here. (Random House, 2019).
> Written by Nell Irvin Painter
Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends.
> Details here. (W. W. Norton & Co., 2010).