Action Steps to Fight Against Systemic Racism
As an agency dedicated to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity, we stand committed to dismantling systemic racism in Columbus, in our state, and across the nation.
Make Columbus an equitable place for all its residents. This is where we need our allies and advocates to dig into the work with us. To come together, and build a community of allies to fight against systemic racism. Below is list of ways to get involved and create a sustained momentum for change. Please also check out our social media pages, as we are regularly sharing resources.
Take a stand against racism
When you see something, say something. Come out publicly as anti-racist, commit to action – share the actions you are taking publicly, and invite others to join you. Call out your friends. Have difficult conversations with your family, and neighbors.
Be willing to put something on the line
You have a role to play, just don’t be part of the unintentional problem – be intentional about change and the actions you take.
Educate yourself and others
It is our responsibility to intentionally seek out resources to learn the ugly truth of how we got to where we are today – and keep learning about anti-racism advocacy.
Support black owned businesses in Central Ohio
Go to columbusblack.com and join their email list for a weekly directory of black owned businesses in our community. See list of businesses below:
Advocate to your employers to take a stand against racism
and implement policies internally to combat bias. Rachel Cargle has a great template you can customize for your employer. If you are in a position of power or leadership, check out GARE & their resources about implementing a racial equity framework.
Let your local elected officials know
that you support institutional police and criminal justice reform and demand that CPD take the steps recommended by City Council President, Shannon Hardin.
Sign the letter on our website
supporting Ohio declaring racism as a public health crisis as a state.
Help to raise funds for organizations
doing racial justice work in our community. Some organizations you can consider are YWCA Columbus, Columbus Freedom Fund, CUL, NAACP, Black Lives Matter and People's Justice Project.
Register to vote, encourage your network to register, and vote in every election. Protests raise public awareness and highlight injustice, but that can only happen when we have elected officials throughout all levels of government that support us.
– Additional Resources to Learn More –
Women, Race, and ClassBlack Feminist ThoughtHow to Be an AntiRacistSister OutsiderThe Warmth of Other SunsMedical ApartheidSo You Want to Talk About RaceThe New Jim CrowThe Color of LawWhite Fragility