In the wake of recent headlines, you may be asking yourself, like many of us: What can I do? Where do I start?
Violence against African-Americans is not new – but these days it is in the forefront of the media and our growing collective conscious. We, as Virginians, can look back across history and see the cumulative effects of trauma experienced by African-Americans. We see this compounded over time and connected to experiences of and responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. We wonder about our capacity as individuals, as advocates, as communities to make lasting change, to create space for healing. We think – this is too big, too hard. We think, what can I possibly do anyway?
Our response is this – everyone can do something. Not everyone can or will march in rallies. Not everyone will work with legislators and policymakers. Not everyone will write inspired editorials that capture national attention. But everyone can do something.
We invite you to commit, right now, to spending August 10-12 in Richmond with us at The Warmth of Other Suns conference.
This groundbreaking conference is the first of its kind in Virginia and is a must-attend for anyone working in the anti-violence field. It is not limited to people of specific ethnic or racial identities and it is not limited to people who are far along in anti-oppression work.
You will learn. You will think. You will engage. You will be inspired. You will consider again and again (and then re-consider) the connections between racism, oppression, privilege, and violence towards our African-American communities in Virginia.
And by doing all of these things, you play a vital role in preventing, healing, and ending the violence that has afflicted our communities for far too long.
We look forward to a time of deep learning, connecting, reflecting, and healing together with a diverse and thoughtful group of participants.
Please join us – be a part of something bigger than yourself and take action with us today.
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