One of our biggest strengths as cohousers is in our numbers and organizing capacity. We have the power to create change by the collective strength of our choices. How can we unite and defend our BIPOC community by questioning our choices and igniting conversations to answer the hard questions about systemic racism? Where do we start?
President Alan O'Hashi of the Cohousing Association started the facebook group "Cohousers for Racial Justice" to communally develop strategies and actions that create change. Not only has the group ignited conversation, but has come up with powerful resources.
Jessica Rose, a group admin says "...Thru our conscious action, we not only take our power back, we empower others to reclaim their power as well. So how are we going to be part of this recreation?..."
After the group's first zoom meeting, the attendees identified four questions to start asking ourselves in order to create solutions and begin our journey to becoming anti-racist establishments.
- How do we effectively take action in ways that uplifts ourselves and our community to dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism?
- How do we individually and as cohousers show our support for existing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous people of color) movements?
- How can CoHousers integrate racial/social/earth justice into our community life and individual lives?
- What might be effective ways to share actions we are taking individually and make it easy for other community members to take action as well?
And their solutions did not disappoint. To find out more, become apart of the group and the solution, please follow the link below.