We Rise Together: Anti-Racism Resources to help Navigate this Time - Westport Moms
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During this incredibly confusing and horrific time in our history, we wanted to share some terrific resources for thinking about all that is going on with our country at this time, and also some hopefully helpful resources for talking to your kids. We are happy to add others, so feel free to email us at [email protected] any time.

CNN and Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism (June 6th, 2020) – Click here

Anti-Racism Resources (shared by Village Pediatrics)
EmbraceRace (raising a brave generation)
(From Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City)

Parent Resources (thank you to the Westport School System)Topics surrounding race, equity and inclusion can often be difficult conversations for parents/guardians to have with their children, but it is important for these conversations to take place. Here are several helpful resources:

Here is a current newsletter from Facing History and Ourselves (A Social Studies Curriculum resource): https://facingtoday.facinghistory.org/bearing-witness-the-death-of-george-floyd

Some Additional Resources (thanks to local mom and psychologist Dr. Tracy Brenner for sharing). A brief note from her: Start talking to kids when they’re young about race, racism, power and privilege. There are great book recommendations in these sources for even very young children. Start small. These are not one time conversations. It’s okay as grown ups not to have all of the answers and to say when you just don’t know but want to learn together.  Provide space for emotion and provide empathy.

Talking to children after racial incidents

Having ‘The Talk’: Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions

Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence

Talking to Kids about Racial Violence

7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People

Something Happened in our own town is a story about racial injustice and police brutality.

Book Recommendations

Additional Resources Shared by our Community

  • Anti racist articles and talks by Yale’s Dena Simmons
  • Information on public housing in Fairfield County by Yale Law’s Anika Singh Lemar
  • The Two Schools challenge focused on school integration:
  • Just Mercy (the movie)
  • Resources from The Obama Foundation
  • The Norwalk Housing Authority Scholarship Fund has been working for years to break the cycle of poverty.  By investing just a little bit in the kids who live in public housing to attend college and vocational training, they ensure that these kids exit public housing – good for families and good for tax payers.  They grant 40+ scholarships each year and sometimes as little as $1,000 for books or extra expenses makes a huge difference between attending and not attending school.
  • Carver Center – most have not heard of this wonderful organization dedicated to closing the opportunity gap.  Novelette Peterkin, the Executive Director, is an amazing resource.
  • If any high school or college aged children are interested in interning or volunteering on a political campaign, please feel free to contact Stephanie Thomas at [email protected]

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