Listen Live on the BMC Website: bit.ly/BMC-PublicTV
And for Belmont cable TV subscribers on BMC-PublicTV: Ch 9 on Comcast & Ch 29 on Verizon.
- Groups presenting healing words, prayers, music.
- Belmont Against Racism
- Belmont Religious Council
- Payson Park Church
- Beth El Temple
- Plymouth Congregational Church
- Belmont Muslim Friends
- First Church Belmont Unitarian Universalist
- New Roads Catholic Community
- Bahai Faith
- Rep. Dave Rodgers
- Sen. Brownsberger
- Police Chief
- Human Rights Commission
Links to Resources and Calls to Action
AFTER THE VIGIL
Thoughts by Janet Sand,
Representative of Beth El Temple Center
Secretary, Belmont Religious Council
But what can I DO?
Join members of our community who have organized helping structures in response to the pandemic and its economic toll. Such as...
Helping Chelsea, a devastated sister community. Delivering lunches, diapers, personal products
Contact Tracy Podol. Tracypodol@gmail.com
Helping unsheltered homeless in East Arlington. Delivering meals, water, items to keep clean. Marci Shapiro Ide.
A sign-up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4ba4aa2fa6f58-meals
Belmont Books new book donation program, Read It Forward.
The web site of Belmont Against Racism has an extensive list with links to organizations that need your support.
But what can I do?
You can resist being overwhelmed by despair that you cannot do enough. You can resist comparing yourself to those who seem to be able to do so much more than you.
You can educate yourself. About the history of slavery and the racism that justified it. About white privilege. About unconscious bias. About the white power structure that has used race to keep poor black and white people from making common cause. You can be learning and helping even in quarantine in your own home. Even if you are an introvert.
Our library and its wonderful director, Peter Struzziero are here to help us.
Here is their offering, starting with the excellent Globe Spotlight series on race in Boston.
Here are brief citations and links to the Globe articles requested. Belmont patrons can access them by entering their card number when prompted after clicking on the link. If the person attempting to access the articles is not a Belmont patron they can find the link to the Globe database on their library's website and search each article title in the title field of an advanced search once they reach ProQuest. Scroll past this list for more options also.
Trailer on YouTube for the series:
Johnson, Akilah. "Boston. Racism. Image. Reality." Boston Globe, Dec 10 2017.
"A Brand New Boston, Even Whiter than the Old." Boston Globe, Dec 11 2017.
"Color Line Persists, in Sickness as in Health." Boston Globe, Dec 12 2017.
"Lost on Campus, as Colleges Look Abroad." Boston Globe, Dec 13 2017.
"The bigot in the stands and other stories" Boston Globe, Dec 14 2017.
"For Blacks in Boston, a Power Outage." Boston Globe, Dec 15 2017.
"A Better Boston? the Choice is Ours." Boston Globe, Dec 16 2017.
From here down are all ebooks and eaudio titles. Some with waiting lists, others without.
Negroland by Margo Jefferson
OverDrive eBook: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/2147978?cid=1054464 (Available)
hoopla eAudio: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11495246
The new Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
hoopla eBook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12676199
In the shadow of statues by Mitch Landrieu
OverDrive eBook: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3656341?cid=1054464 (Available)
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3682169
Me and white supremacy by Layla Saad
hoopla eBook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12638622
The lynching by Laurence Leamer
OverDrive eBook: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/2387090?cid=1054464 (Available)
hoopla eBook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12387860
hoopla eAudio: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11665271
Tears we cannot stop by Michael Eric Dyson
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3072951
White rage by Carol Anderson
Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/2160668
We were eight years in power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3091171
Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
The autobiography of Malcolm X
So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3444426
Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
You can't touch my hair by Phoebe Robinson
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/2715836
I'm still here by Austin Channing Brown
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3368464
Stamped from the beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3202283
hoopla eAudio: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11812946
How to be an antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3994914
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/5358206
White fragility by Robin Diangelo
OverDrive eAudio: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content/media/3580831
Here are some documentary films also.
kanopy put together a list for Black Lives Matter so here are some of those documentaries:
I am not your Negro: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/i-am-not-your-negro
White like me: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/white-me-0
Whose streets?: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/whose-streets
Broken on all sides: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/broken-all-sides
The talk: race in America: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/talk-race-america
America after Ferguson: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/america-after-ferguson
Cruel and unusual: https://belmontpl.kanopy.com/video/cruel-and-unusual
You do not have to read everything. You can watch Trevor Noah on YouTube. You can watch the PBS series on Race and The Making of America. There are good lists on line and on social media of books that help you talk about race with your children.