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ST. STEPHEN'S ANTI-RACISM COALITION
Fight Racism & End Racial Injustice

The members of the Anti-Racism Coalition of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church,
Santa Clarita, formally organized in March 2021.


Recognizing the profound issues of racism facing us today, the coalition has
created several group events intended to bring our parish community together
in conversation. With the support of our Rector, Rev. Christopher and the

St. Stephen’s Vestry, our goal is to have non-confrontational, informational, and
transformative programs for members of our parish and, eventually for the community.


Our purpose is to define and discuss racism and all of its aspects. Then to
learn what we, as individuals, as a parish and, most importantly, as children of
God, can do to combat it.

Members of the Anti-Racism Coalition are grateful for the opportunity

to share in this experience with our fellow parishioners

and we look forward to joining you in this endeavor.


If you have any questions or desire more information, please contact Mary Jo
Higginbotham at maryjohigg@gmail.com.

Anti-Racism Coalition Mission Statement
Explore, discuss, and understand personal and systemic racism to:
 Provide educational opportunities to transform minds & behavior
 Equip us & our parish with appropriate means to stand up against racism
 Encourage reconciliation with ourselves, with God & all of God’s people
 Inspire true acceptance of all persons as being made in God’s image

ANTI-RACISM/RACIAL RECONCILIATION RESOURCES

The issues of racial injustice and violence against black Americans remains at the forefront of the conversation and action in the United States. St. Stephen's desires to be a part of the solution as we strive to live into our baptismal promises to seek and serve Christ in all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.

While there is a multitude of information and online resources available to support this movement, we have provided links below that may help to educate, inform, and take action. We encourage you to protest, educate, donate, check in on friends and colleagues…do whatever is in your power to contribute to a more inclusive existence.

“When we know better, we do better.” – Maya Angelou

Please note that St. Stephen’s has no affiliation or connection to any of the below organizations, links, or websites (other than that provided by or affiliated with the Episcopal Church). This page exists as a resource in an effort to assist our members in educating themselves and taking action. If you wish to submit a link or website for consideration of inclusion on this list, please CLICK HERE. Resources below provided by various lists, articles, and contributors and other friends of St. Stephen's.

Anti-Racism/Racial Reconciliation Training Resources

from the Episcopal Church:

Click the Digital Resources button above for a visual/interactive presentation of resources of keep scrolling for a list sorted by category

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PODCASTS

  • 1619 (New York Times)

Articles / Blogs

Film & Television

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

  • Black 14 - (documentary) Amazon Prime

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent

  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

  • Dark Girls - (documentary) Amazon Prime

  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

  • Dispatches from Cleveland - (documentary) Amazon Prime

  • Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee) - Amazon

  • Four Little Girls - (documentary) Amazon Prime, HBO Max

  • Freedom Riders - (documentary) Amazon Prime

  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

  • Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)- Hulu, Amazon Prime

  • Higher Learning (John Singleton) - Amazon

  • Hoop Dreams - (documentary) Amazon Prime, HBO Max

  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.

  • Kiki - (documentary) Hulu, Amazon Prime

  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO

ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Engage & Donate

  • My Work To Do  An online affinity group designed to help white people build stamina for discussing racism, systemic injustice, racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in their everyday lives. 

  • Black Lives Matter – A global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.

  • Bail Project – Designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system.

  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund – Through litigation, advocacy and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

  • Advancement Project – Transforming the public systems that govern our lives to create a more racially equitable California.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture – The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture.

  • The Sentencing Project - The Sentencing Project has worked for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system for 30 years.

  • Southern Poverty Law Center - The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

  • Campaign Zero - Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.

  • Unicorn Riot - Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.

  • American Civil Liberties Union - The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

  • Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity - BOLD is a national training intermediary focused on transforming the practice of Black organizers in the U.S. to increase their alignment, impact, and sustainability to win progressive change. BOLD carries out its mission through training programs, coaching, and technical assistance for BOLD alumni and partners.

  • BYP100 Education Fund - BYP100 is a national organization of Black 18 to 35-year-old activists and organizers, dedicated to creating justice and freedom through a Black queer feminist lens. We focus on leadership development, direct action organizing, issue advocacy, and political education. BYP100 prioritizes the issues of historically silenced and vulnerable groups within Black communities ‒ specifically queer, trans and gender nonconforming, poor, disabled, and undocumented people.

  • Forced Trajectory Project - This is a long-term multimedia project that began in 2009 documenting the rippling effects police violence has on communities beginning with the families who have lost their loved ones to police murder. Utilizing moving pictures, stills, and sound, the project’s goal is to paint an intimate and accurate portrait of the “forced trajectory” these family members find themselves on after their loved ones are killed. 

  • The Justice Committee -The Justice Committee is a grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City. At the heart of JC’s work has always been supporting and uplifting the leadership of families who’ve lost loved ones to the police.

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