Photo credit: Danielle Coke (@ohhappydani on Instagram)

This past week, I’ve spent more time on social media absorbing content around anti-racism and what is happening locally, as well as nationally. Like I know many of you did, I shifted gears from just following what is happening (the news) to working to gain a better understanding of why it continues to happen (systemic racism) and what I can do to be a better ally. One of the things now abundantly clear to my husband and meI is the fact we need to go beyond teaching our girls that “all people are good people” and “be kind to everyone”.

 

Below you’ll find a compilation of resources shared with me by our community, shared with me by others, and resources I found on social media/the Internet. If you have any others you would like to add, please email me at info@newtownmoms.com.

This video is over a year old and explains the complex issue of Systemic Racism in an easy to understand way. 

Source: The Conscious Kid, @theconsciouskid on Instagram. Adapted from the work of The Children’s Community School

Elected Officials:

Please note not all of our local officials have active public accounts. Below are examples of officials who are participating in the conversation. If I have missed any, please share and I can update the list.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (U.S. 5th District, covering the greater Danbury area)
Instagram: @repjahanahayes
Facebook: @repjahanahayes
Read her editorial published in the Hartford Courant on 6/5 here.

 

Senator Chris Murphy
Instagram: @chrismurphyct
Facebook: @chrismurphyct

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal
Instagram: @senblumenthal
Facebook: @senblumenthal

 

Mayor Mark Boughton – (Mayor City of Danbury)
Instagram: @mayormark
Facebook: @MayorBoughton

 

CT Rep Raghib Allie-Brennan – (CT Rep for the 2nd Assembly serving Bethel, and parts of Redding, Danbury & Newtown)
Instagram: @raghibct
Facebook: @raghibct

 

Online Resources:

In addition, two residents of Newtown have created a Facebook page in hopes of fostering better dialogue in our community. The goal of the group is to educate and inform those in the community about the experiences of people of color, while supporting them and learning to be strong allies. You can join here.

 

Museums/Trails:

Connecticut Freedom Trail Tour: More than 130 sites in over 50 towns.
Local stops on the tour: Click here for full list
Marian Anderson House – Danbury
Marian Anderson Studio – Danbury
Hopkins Street Center – Waterbury
Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses – Bridgeport
Walters Memorial A.M.E Zion Church – Bridgeport
Nero Hawley Gravesite – Trumbull

Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington Depot, CT

Miniland Dolls – Dolls that encourage social & cultural awareness through role/imaginative play.

 

LOVEVERY: Click here to listen to a podcast on talking to your child on race & racism. 

 

Little Passports Subscription Boxes – Introduce your child to different parts of the world. 

 

Diverse Toys for Kids – from The Everymom

 

Favorite Diversity Tools & Toys for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners – from Pocket of Preschool

Netflix

13th (Ava DuVernay)
American Son (Kenny Leon)
Dear White People (Justin Simien)
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol)
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)

 

Hulu

Blindspotting (Carlos Lopez Estrada)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
The Hate U Give (George Tillman, Jr)

 

HBO

King in the Wilderness

 

Available to Rent

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin)
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) 
Selma (Ava DuVernay) 
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 

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