Austin UU White Allies for Racial Equity

Austin Unitarian Universalist White Allies for Racial Equity

Our local UU churches are working to identify ways we can all fight against racism and become more inter-culturally engaged, and First UU has just lead an amazing group of people of color who will support one another here at the church and as Unitarian Universalists. We offer this space to white allies as we hold ourselves accountable to our brothers and sisters of color in our congregation.

Inspired by the UU Allies for Racial Equity, we are building a group for white allies to meet and work together to “serve as partners in the journey of transforming our faith movement and the world.”

White Allies for Racial Equity Purpose Statement

The Austin Area UU White Allies for Racial Equity is a group of self-identified white Austin area UUs and friends. Through training and self-examination, we educate ourselves about whiteness and its impact on our own behavior and larger institutions. With this knowledge and self-understanding, we will be better allies as we partner with:

  • Our own Austin Area UU People of Color group
  • Undoing White Supremacy Austin
  • Austin Chapter of Black Lives Matter
  • Austin Justice Coalition

Covenant for WARE

In this space, we will

  1. Use I statements instead of generalizations.
  2. Respect time restrictions and constraints.
  3. Step up, step back.
  4. You have the right to pass.
  5. Keep discussions inclusive.
  6. What is said here, stays here.

We will challenge each other when white privilege or racist ideas are expressed, and that’s OK.

Presentation on AISD Disparities:
At our May meeting, Meghan Dougherty shared some statistics about the achievement gap in education in Austin and about disproportionate discipline rates in schools nationally. She also share some policy recommendations that are intended to increase diversity in magnet schools in AISD as well as other trends in education in Austin.

Meghan Dougherty has worked in education for over 10 years and cares deeply about equity in education. She is an instructional coach in Round Rock ISD, currently working with middle school social studies teachers. She started a schools committee in her neighborhood and serves on a Campus Advisory Council at Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy as well as the AISD Boundary Committee. 

Our meetings are normally the third Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the church, First UU Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX unless otherwise posted. Contact chris.jimmerson@austinuu.org for more information about the meetings or Austin UU White Allies in general.

First Austin UU has formed “Inside Amigos” to fight the often racially based detention and mistreatment of immigrants, particularly the women and small children being held in area detention facilities. The sermon below from Chris Jimmerson describes their plight. Please consider getting involved. It’s another chance to serve as allies with some folks who very much need it.

Resources:

Links:

Systemic Racism – The War on Drugs:

Also, good articles: 5 Surprising Consequences of the War on Drugs and Consequences of the Drug War

Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity: Click Here

“Othering”: Where Are You From?

What kind of Asian are you? (Great illustration of the “Where are you from” micro aggression”)

If Microaggressions were Reversed:

Great article on how racism can operate, sometimes without our even recognizing it: click here

The following link is to a great list of resources to can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous massacre that happened in Charleston, SC. Click here

Beyond Diversity, Sermon by Rev Marisol Caballero at First UU Church of San Diego:

Racism is Real

Video with tips on how to be an effective ally:

Compassion calls us to action:

A sound recording from a panel on multiracial/multiethnic congregations: click here

Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) is a national Unitarian Universalist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural organization of people color, including: Lay Leaders, Ministers, Seminarians, Religious Educators, and UUA Staff. click here

Allies for Racial Equity exists as a response to a request by DRUUMM for a group of white anti-racist allies to serve as partners in the journey of transforming our faith movement and the world. click here

A good article on what it meant to be an ally at the 50th anniversary march in Selma: click here

Link where you can learn about implicit bias and even take implicit associations tests: click here

Powerful Site Where People Tell the Stories of Microaggressions They have Experienced (Learn about Microaggressions by reading the file below: Click Here

Files (Just Click on any of the Textual Descriptions Below):

Good Summary Article on Microaggressions

Anti-Racism 101 Handouts:

Anti Racism 101 UU

handouts antiracism 101

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