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Urgent Work: BASF 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge And Beyond

Urgent Work: BASF 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge and Beyond

The ABA and other bar associations have joined the Bar Association of San Francisco‘s curriculum challenge, which officially began on June 17. This work is urgent (especially in the legal profession!), but it’s never too late to expand your education and action.

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The Bar Association of San Francisco has created a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge that the ABA and other bar associations have joined. As explained in the BASF press release, “BASF Leaders Circle firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein whose Employment Practice Group curated the syllabus for this challenge, following the model established by diversity expert, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.” Our thanks to the Hampden County Bar Association, through whom we learned of this initiative!

 

This is urgent work. The official challenge began on June 17 — but the goal is to build a habit of educating ourselves to take better action, and isn’t limited to a window of time. Get started with us here and find the rest on the BASF website.

Day 1: Nikole Hannah-JonesAmerica Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It OneThe New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019)
Here is a pdf version of the article.

Day 2: How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a RacistLongest Shortest Time Podcast

Day 3: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for ReparationsThe Atlantic (May 21, 2014)

 

Those committing to build a habit can find a few more resources for personal reflection below. Plan to continue following the work of authors and creators of the BASF challenge and below — buy their books, find and support them on Patreon, follow them on social media.

 

As a week-long campaign to “Blackout the Bestseller List” by Amistad Books wrapped up on June 20, intentional effort to support Black authors can’t be limited to one week. Here are a few to make sure are on your (and your friends’ and family’s) shelves.

For titles in our Lending Library: First, we encourage those who can afford to support these authors by purchasing the titles. Otherwise, email rachel@masslomap.org if you’re interested in borrowing any.

 

Finally, the Resource Center for Confronting Racial Justice from the Conferences for Women features virtual programs to help you “educate yourself, develop your skills and do the hard work needed to make change in the workplace and in life.”

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