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Black Lives Matter Resources

Listening, Education, and Support

Educating Ourselves About Police Accountability & Funding
The Portland African American Leadership Forum has teamed up with Unite Oregon to articulate demands for change regarding the Portland Police Bureau. You can read an analysis from PAALF here, and see details of the campaign here. 

Reconstructing Judaism: Standing Up for Racial Justice & Against Racial Violence
Read RJ's statement on the death of George Floyd and the protests here.

Listening to Jews of Color
Be’chol Lashon
13 Jews of Color to Follow Right Now
I’m a black rabbi. I’ve never been in a Jewish space where I wasn’t questioned
Black Jews Are Grieving, and We Need You to Help Us Mourn​​​​​​​  
‘Believe us’: Black Jews respond to the George Floyd protests, in their own words  
Jews of Color and the Policing of White Space​​​​​​​ 

Recent article in Medium by Havurahnik Emily Weltman – open to talking with folks about white - and specifically Jewish - privilege, fear, and blindspots.

From Sandy Bacharach:

This moment is about practicing with our own words. It's not a one time conversation. This is an ongoing dialogue
for our nation and within our families and with our children.

Questions to consider:


Ideas for Kids

Things you can do from Leyah Boussi (Grade 6 Shabbat School) and her friends:

  1. Make a sign about standing up to racism and put it in your window.
  2. Go to protests or make your own protest.
  3. Read Books about racism.
  4. Talk to your family members and make sure they are going to vote.
  5. Draw with chalk outside your house or apartment messages about stopping racism and helping each other out.
  6. Talk to people you know about racism and how it is messing up our country.
  7. If you are on social media then create posts about Black Lives Matter and like other peoples posts about Black Lives Matter.
  8. Write a letter to a politician asking them to work harder on solving racism.
  9. Hold a fundraiser and give the money to an organization run by people of color.
  10. Use your allowance at a black owned business or restaurant and ask your parents to spend their money there.
  11. Spread as much love as you can.

AND a whole little book about children organizing a protest that Leyah and her friends wrote after organizing a protest in front of their school, with 750+ people


Conversation Starters

Short clips to watch with your children


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