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Anti-Racism Resources

PACEs Connection is an anti-racist organization committed to the pursuit of social justice. In this resource center section, we have curated dozens of resources dedicated to anti-racism.

Community and System Anti-Racist Work

Community and System Anti-Racist Work

  • Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma by Rachel Davis, Howard Pinderhughes, Myesha Williams at The Prevention Institute

  • Black Quotidian explores everyday lives of African Americans in the twentieth century. Drawing on an archive of digitized African-American newspapers, Matthew F. Delmont guides readers through a wealth of primary resources that reveal how the Black press popularized African-American history and valued the lives of both famous and ordinary Black people.

  • The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”

  • The Civil Rights Project at UCLA has links to civil rights and advocacy organizations.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Style Guide by National College Attainment Network (NCAN) shares terms they generally use (and don’t use) when mentioning race/ethnicity, economic status, and other identities or characteristics of a person or group.

  • Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice and Direct Action by Black Lives Matter (BLM) was created to collate, condense and share the lessons learned in ensuring that BLM direct actions are centered on healing justice.

  • Healing Justice Toolkit: Dignity and Power Now! Healing Justice Responders provides information about healing/justice, trauma, and street rapid response.

  • How Racism Can Affect Child Development by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University explains in basic terms how racism in particular gets “under the skin” and affects learning, behavior, and lifelong health. 

  • An Indigenous Abolitionist Study Guide by Toronto Abolitionist Convergence provided this guide for Prisoners Justice 

  • Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action by National Association of Social Workers provides definitions of institutional/structural racism, clarifies how it is relevant to the social work profession, details how it is manifested in the social systems within which social workers engage, and offers a vision for how the social work profession can address structural racism.

  • Interacting Layers of Trauma & Healing infographic by the RYSE Center details examples of Dehumanization and Distress as well as Liberation and Healing at four different layers of society: individual and interpersonal; community and place; systems and institutions; and history, legacy, and structure.

  • Racial Equity Impact Assessment by Race Forward. A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. 

  • Racial Equity Tools offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.

  • Racial Justice is Essential to Trauma-Informed Advocacy PowerPoint by VA Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance addresses trauma, privilege and oppression (specifically racism and white privilege), current disparities, and provides examples from Action Alliance.

  • Shifting Power from the Inside Out by Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) and RoadMap, offers a new framework for community-based organizations on the evolution from membership-based to member-led organizational structure, culture, and practice.

  • State Policy Can Reduce Systemic Racism in Public Health (February 24, 2022) by Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) covers some of the policy efforts in 2020 and 2021 that states took to address racism and health inequity. 

  • Systemically Neglected: How Racism Structures Public Systems to Produce Child Neglect by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) outlines the history of how child protective services developed to surveil families of color, examines how policy pushes families of color into the child welfare system today, and concludes with some recommendations for adequately supporting children and families of color and keeping families together in the future.

  • Talking about Racism and Early Childhood Development: Evidence-Based Strategies for Science Communication (2022) from Frameworks draws on empirical investigations into how people in the United States think about race and racism—and how to communicate in ways that recognize racism as a key influence on early childhood development.

  • Teaching Hard History: American Slavery by Southern Poverty Law Center shows that American schools are failing to teach the hard history of African enslavement. We surveyed U.S. high school seniors and social studies teachers, analyzed a selection of state content standards, and reviewed 10 popular U.S. history textbooks.

  • Until We Are All Free: Art & Story Sessions is comprised of art and dialogue sessions to encourage introspection, imagination, and visionary solutions.
  • The upEND Movement is a collaborative movement that works to abolish the existing child welfare system, which is built on a model of surveillance and separation and more accurately described as a family policing system. Explore resources, videos, and events on the site.