Race Matters Spring Workshop Series: HEALING INTO ACTION



RESOURCES

YouTube video: 5 Tips for Being an Ally

Elements of Racism, by Terry Kelleher from Racial Justice Leadership,

The Emotional Lives of White People by William Gardiner, from Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

The Daily podcast Charm City series about racial violence and conflict with police in Baltimore – episode 2 paints an incredible picture of how jobs and communities have changed since 1950 for African Americans; you can listen to the podcast or read the NY Times transcript.

Data and demographics in Marin County:

Marin Grand Jury reports are online at https://www.marincounty.org/depts/gj/reports-and-responses

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ISSUES IN MARIN

– Sheriff cooperative with ICE in jails – Inadequate access to Interpreters in County jail
– Trauma/Mental Health issues are labeled as delinquency – Inadequate access to Mental Health services in County Jail
– System focuses on punishment over restoration – Voters aren’t educated about DA race, Sheriff, etc.
– Militaristic culture in police/law, command and – Elected officials aren’t being held accountable to actions control is the priority – Plea bargaining process (DA’s office) leads to inequity
– Nextdoor app has comments around “suspicious – Bail system, parking citations and towing systems have people or activities” that are coded racist language
– Inadequate access to Interpreters in County jail
– Inadequate access to Mental Health services in County Jail
– Voters aren’t educated about DA race, Sheriff, etc.
– Elected officials aren’t being held accountable to actions
– Plea bargaining process (DA’s office) leads to inequity
– Bail system, parking citations and towing systems have people who profit from perpetuating those systems

Education

Individual/Personal
– Research re: Sheriff’s role and jurisdiction in Marin
– Read Grand Jury reports re: MH services in jail, Sexual Assault in Marin, Rape Kit access, School suspensions
– Review Race Counts study
– Learn about School to Prison Pipeline and how it plays out in Marin (expulsion data, kidsdata.org, MCOE)
– Sign up for various newsletters (incl. SURJ)
– Learn about curfew and truancy violations for youth
– Research various candidates position on equity issues
– Understanding fiscal aspects of jail system
– Understanding the War on Poverty
– Learning about the goal/outcomes desired

Social/Community
– Community Forum or Workshop on the role of the Sheriff and what the community concerns have been
– Newsletter with information, links and events/actions
– Write an OpEd in the IJ or other local newspapers
– Spread information on the individual education list to your personal or professional circles
– Get on NextDoor and challenge assumptions about who does/doesn’t belong in neighborhood
– Host a book club, film showing, discussion group on any of these
topics

Action

Individual/Personal
– Call Sheriff or County Board of Supervisors to voice concern about the Issues list above
– Watch for police activity in your community, witnessand interrupt as needed
– Sign up for NextDoor and actively engage neighbors
– Meet with your local representatives in person and/or follow them on social media, comment often

Social/Community
– Phone banks to flood key people with pressure on topics
– Join Rapid Response team
– Join groups working on the issue
– Show up to witness people being released from jail
– Organize a meeting calendar with public meetings and mobilize groups to stand up and make public comments frequently