Bryn Mawr Launches Racial Justice Work

There has been widespread reaction to the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) acted by creating an initiative to address issues of racial justice highlighted by George Floyd’s death. The newly-formed Racial Justice Committee embraces the following vision:

Racial Justice Committee Statement

The death of George Floyd has shaken the Bryn Mawr community.  We grieve with our city and the world. 

We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and so many others. We unequivocally state that Black lives matter. We commit ourselves to actions that will change the systems that have hurt Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) in our country and in our neighborhood. 

We will not allow the realities of racism to remain alive and active in ourselves and our community. We will be critical of actions we take in Bryn Mawr and consciously promote racial equity.  

 We are aware that we are historically and currently, a predominantly white community inhabiting Dakota land. While Bryn Mawr has many members, both white and BIPOC, committed to dismantling racism, we now see how much more we need to do.

 Although we feel grief and frustration at this moment, it is nothing compared to the trauma of the communities whose loved ones have been killed and terrorized through police brutality and who have been most harmed by the systemic racism that pervades our cities, schools, justice systems and health care institutions.

 We will listen to BIPOC communities. We will talk with one another. Your ideas and involvement are welcome as we walk these days together. We ask you to join us.

 

Following are six initiatives the Racial Justice Committee has begun: 

Diversification of the BMNA Board and Committee Membership

The BMNA values diversity in Board and committee membership and will encourage broader participation.   If you have an interest in being on the BMNA Board or being on any committee, you are encouraged to contact any current Board member listed on the back page of The Bugle.   Feel free to ask or recommend your neighbors.    

Racial Equity Lens

The BMNA will develop and adopt a process which guides the evaluation, development, and implementation of policies, initiatives, programs, and budgets to address the impacts on racial equity when making decisions affecting the neighborhood. This will ensure that we consciously work to achieve practices of equitable development, transportation, environmental justice, education and affordability in our community.

Community Education

The Committee will place antiracism books for all ages in Little Free Libraries throughout the neighborhood. Neighbors who have physical books on this topic are encouraged to circulate them through the Little Free Libraries as well. See a map and learn more here.

The Committee will offer subsidized antiracism classes for Bryn Mawr residents. Click here for more information of our Racial Justice Workshop.

Support for BIPOC Owned Business

The Committee will promote awareness and patronization of BIPOC owned businesses through free advertising in a special supplement to The Bugle for those in Bryn Mawr and surrounding neighborhoods including Harrison, Sumner-Holmes, Willard-Hay, Jordan, Near North and Hawthorne.

The Committee will also solicit advertisements for Near North businesses for inclusion in The Bugle on a regular basis.

Bryn Mawr Schools

The Racial Justice Committee will work in concert with the BMNA Schools Committee to support our neighborhood schools with the goal of having fully supported integrated schools.

Volunteering and Donating

The Committee will place new emphasis on curating volunteer and donation opportunities on the BMNA website for those in our community looking to directly support BIPOC led organizations working to dismantle systemic racism and oppression.

The epidemic of racism is not new, but white supremacy is entrenched in all aspects of our culture and society.   Transforming into an antiracist culture will demand deep and sustained effort by individuals throughout our neighborhood along with our city, state and country.   The Racial Justice Committee invites your participation.

Contact us at racialjustice@bmna.org