In Columbus, OH as around the country, we recognize that now is not the time for business as usual. There is nothing usual about the despicable actions of the four police officers in Minnesota, nor the brutal civil rights violations in our own community. There is nothing usual about law enforcement agencies nationwide violating the promise that they made to us: to protect and serve. There is everything usual about the systemic oppression of our Black brothers and sisters, and it fills us with sadness and anger and it must come to an end.
We are pausing our immediate business-as-usual activities to educate ourselves about how we can provide the support that can heal our community. We are committed to using our platform to amplify Black voices so they are heard.
We welcome your input on what actions we can take, stories you would like to share, and conversations we should have together. We will be sharing opportunities to get involved in our social media, and we invite the community to do the same with us.
No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace.
Suzy Sprague & Jeremy Rosario, firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve put together a list of resources to share. Recommendations of items to add are welcome and appreciated!
Know your rights before you go.
If you know someone arrested: Call the National Lawyers Guild 614-654-6477.
Help rebuild 89 and Pine, a minority owned business here in Columbus damaged from the May 29th riot
Central Ohio African-American Chamber of Commerce has launched a fundraising campaign to help damaged businesses
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
TALK ABOUT IT:
Rise & Design: 9:00–10:30 AM on June 5
Hosting an open forum to discuss discrimination and racism in design.
A State of Revolt: 12–1 PM on June 5
Join Adweek for a live discussion with Black business leaders who will be sharing how they are personally navigating today’s turbulent times, how they are leading their teams, and what actions they recommend everyone take to accelerate systemic change.
CSCA June Volunteer Meeting: 6:30–8:30 PM on June 9
We will devote the first half of this meeting to an open forum discussion on how we can be a healing force in our community.
CYP’s The Importance of the Arts During Difficult Times: 12–1 PM on June 12
Columbus Young Professionals Club presents an educational virtual event offering an interactive discussion featuring seven local arts leaders.
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther: 614-645-7671, email@example.com
Address: 90 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
City Attorney Zach Klein: 614-645-7385, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 77 North Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Governor Mike DeWine:
Address: Riffe Center, 30th Floor, 77 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Or to his home at 358 North Parkview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown: 614-469-2083
Address: 200 North High St., Room 614, Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio Senator Rob Portman: 614-469-6774
Address: 37 West Broad St., Room 300, Columbus, OH 43215
3rd District Congresswoman Joyce Beatty: 614-220-0003
Address: 471 East Broad Street, Suite 1100 Columbus, OH 43215
Chief of Police Thomas Quinlan: 614-645-4640
Address: 120 Marconi Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio voter registration and change of address—let’s demand transparency and change policies from everyone we elect this fall.
From Michael Brown to George Floyd: What We’ve Learned About Policing
Research-based solutions to stop police violence: a highly worthwhile Twitter thread.
5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence
How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
Algorithms of Oppression, by Safiya Noble
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
How To Be Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi
Killing Rage: Ending Racism, by bell hooks
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
Rage Inside The Machine, by Rob Smith
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
Technically Wrong, by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
READ TO YOUR KIDS:
A curated book collection, Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race