Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. As the Mountain Play does the organizational work necessary to place that which we value in action, we wish to share resources and tools with our community. Please visit the Our Commitment page on this site to view our organizational action plan as published in August of 2020 to see our internal education and work to be accomplished.
Please, share all of these resources with your friends and family.
Uplift local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) organizations and businesses.
Check-in and listen to your BIPOC & Queer friends and peers.
Actions You Can Take Now: Thank you to Theatre Bay Area & Leigh Rodon-Davis for sharing these actions.
1. Think before you reshare graphic videos of violence against Black people. While these images are important to raise awareness and show others the extremity of this brutality, you risk re-triggering or traumatizing Black and brown folx in your communities.
Read this: newrepublic.com/article/153103/videos-police-brutality-traumatize-african-americans-undermine-search-justice
2. Take time to educate other non-Black folx and challenge anti-blackness and racism in your families and social networks. This labor should not fall on people of color who are living these experiences. Read this next: refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9841649/allyship-ahmaud-arbery-george-floyd
3. Participate in advocacy to support the victims and their families; do your due diligence and make sure the organization is actually donating to the proper parties. A useful tool to vet organizations: www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity
Support BIPOC Businesses in the Bay Area & Beyond:
Visit the list on Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Marin’s website: http://surjmarin.org/resources/bipoc-businesses/
2022 Black History Month – Black Health and Wellness
“Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America,” – President Barack Obama, Feb 18, 2016.
There is no history of the United States without African American history. However we continue to find that our history is not taught in its complete complexity and so therefore continue to shine light on the contributions and sacrifices of the black community through Black History Month. This year the focus is on Black Health and Wellness – well timed given how COVID-19 disproportionately effects people of color as well as the mental health awareness brought on by top athletes over 2021 summer.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History website for a history of Black History Month and other great resources
ASALH Theme Resources and Materials
Follow these remarkable Black women of wellness
Anti-racism Resource List:
Black Lives Matter
Canal Community Alliance: Services, Resources and Advocacy for Marin’s Latino Community.
Reclaim the Block is fighting to defund the police and calls on officials to invest in violence prevention, housing, resources for youth, emergency mental health response teams, and solutions to the opioid crisis.
75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
Know Your Rights Camp’s Legal Defense Initiative – The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative has identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area to provide legal resources for those in need.
Color of Change
The Loveland Foundation
Anti-racism Resource List for White People & Parents
Black Visions Collective
Becoming allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work
JSTOR Daily, “where news meets its scholarly match”, put together a number of ARTICLES creating a syllabus about Institutionalized Racism.
Showing Up For Racial Justice Bay Area
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism – Asian Americans have been targeted by racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus or COVID-19. We offer the following resources in response to this hate.
Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate
Asian American Advancing Justice
Antiracism Daily Newsletter: Sign up for a daily antiracist email: “Each day, we offer an overview on current events and apply an anti-racism lens. Learn how practices embedded in our politics, criminal justice system, and workplaces enforce systemic oppression – and what you can do about it.”
Human Rights Campaign
National Center for Lesbian Rights
The Spahr Center (Marin County)
Mental Health Advocacy and Crisis Resources:
NAMI Marin National Alliance on Mental Illness for local and national resource
Make it OK Mental Health conversation resources and tools
Suicide Prevention Life Line 1 800 273 8255
Crisis Text Line Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message. Text HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project Providing 24/7 support for LGBTQ youth in crisis. Trevor Lifeline: 1 800 488 7386, Trevor Text: Text START to 678678