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Episcopal Impact Fund's Juneteenth message

On Juneteenth—a day whose significance is even more compelling this year in light of the stark racial injustice that is playing out on our streets— we sent this letter to our board members for reflection and to start a conversation about the ways this moment is calling Episcopal Impact Fund to do better. We are sharing this with you, our donors and supporters, to invite you to join us in the struggle for racial justice.

We believe that in seeking to follow Jesus’ teachings, we are called to interrogate our institutional and personal privilege. Practically, this may mean looking at Episcopal Impact Fund’s theory of change through a lens of racial justice, reexamining our grantmaking and activities, and educating ourselves about issues that many of us have had the luxury to avoid. This work will take effort, honesty and time; however, we are committed to embarking on the journey with the urgency this moment demands.

As a starting point, we invite you to spend some time with the following resources, which were offered by board member Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Chair of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, and former Board member/current Program Committee member Michelle Myles Chambers, FAITHS Program Officer at the San Francisco Foundation. We also invite you to share any resources you have found useful and compelling by emailing Kendall Laidlaw at klaidlaw@episcopalimpact.org.

PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell comments that this moment “feels like a seismic shift, and the beginning of America’s next story.” She encourages, “Do the work and it will be different this time.” Episcopal Impact Fund needs to do our part of the work.

Warmly,

Jenn & Kathleen

Films and videos

8 Minutes, 46 seconds, by Dave Chappelle

How Can We Win?, by Kimberly Jones

When They See Us, by Ava Duvernay

Thirteenth, by Ava Duvernay

Articles and Essays

Glimmers of Hope, by john a. powell

America, This Is Your Chance, by Michelle Alexander

The 1619 Project, New York Times Magazine

Juneteenth, New York Times

Curricula and Compiled Resources

Books

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

The Best of Simple by Langston Hughes

Maud Martha, by Gwendolyn Brooks,

Gwendolyn Brooks Maud Martha, a Critical Collection, which includes an essay by Episcopal Impact Fund board member Dr. Dorothy

Tsuruta, Edited by Jacqueline Bryant.

The Angela Y. Davis Reader, edited by Joy James

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fledging, by Octavia Butler

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

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