On June 4th, we released a statement expressing our desire to actively participate in the work of building an equitable society.

We denounce police violence in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and in reverence for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery - three among countless Black people who have been murdered at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve.

We are also horrified by the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black and Indigenous communities. Early anaylsis shows historic and ongoing disinvestment in the lives and livelihoods of marginalized people are at the root of the disparities.

These issues are symptoms of the same complex, pernicious problem: systemic racism. A problem that is so deeply entrenched in our society will require strategic action and an ongoing commitment. We are working as a team and with our community to discover our next steps in the work to disrupt oppression and create a region that is fair, thriving and resilient for every resident and visitor.

We are in this together. Please be in touch about what you are seeing, working on, and the ideas you have for engaging in this work. 

Virtual Learning Experiences

September 17 &18, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET  Intersectional Allyship for Racial Justice: A Workshop for White Allies 

Sept 20-Oct 18. Title Track and We the People Michigan are offering a local Understanding Racial Justice workshop, meeting virtually through the timeframe.

Sept 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm​​​​​​​ Restorative Justice - An Effective and Empowering Approach to Conflict (Part 1) from Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence (Kalamazoo)​​​​​​​
To participate in the second session, you must attend Part 1 or watch the recording.

Sept 22 & 29, 2020* 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET​​​​​​​ Building Pro-Black Institutions and Movements 

Sept 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm​​​​​​​ An Anti-Racist Analysis - What Led us Here (waiting list)
Presented by ERACCE

Sept 23, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm​​​​​​​ Equity Webinar: Intro To Being A Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, And Genderqueer Ally from Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence (Kalamazoo)​​​​​​​

Sept 23-24 or Oct 21-22. Join ERACCE for virtual Introduction to Systemic Racism workshops  Other training opportunities are available with Race Forward, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance and Equity in the Center.

​​​​​​​Sept 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm​​​​​​​ Restorative Justice - An Effective and Empowering Approach to Conflict (Part 2) from Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence (Kalamazoo)

Sept 26, October 3rd, 10th, & 17th*, White People Working for Racial Justice from the Justice League Collaborative. *This is a 4-part series.

Sept 28, How to get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace 
from Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence (Kalamazoo)

Sept 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm​​​​​​​ Equity Webinar: How To Be A True Ally in 2020 from Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence (Kalamazoo)