Interrupting Violence Resource

Interrupting Violence Resource

Interrupting Violence Resource

As Living Cities has deepened our racial equity work, building on all of the labor of past and current colleagues that got us to this point, we’ve been able to have focused conversations about intersectionality, and the many different ways that we can engage in anti-racist work as staff.

Recently, we’ve been having conversations as a staff about about accountability, recognizing the need a shared organizational language and understanding about the ways in which we are accountable–as individual people and in our roles–to our work, to each other, and to our communities. . Our Colleagues Operationalizing Racial Equity (CORE) team devised a curriculum to address those needs.

We believe that accountability and healing are inextricably linked, and are both fundamental to our racial equity work. As we worked to integrate healing justice in our racial equity work, we also began internal conversations about how we personally address microaggressions in our lives and at work. We talked about how we’re accountable to interrupting microaggressions. These conversations were coming up in formal and informal ways within our organization. In response, we hosted a staff workshop about microaggressions as a form of violence, what our accountability to interrupt that violence might be and what interrupting that violence might look like. We compiled resources for staff that bring greater clarity around identifying microaggressions, building accountability for interrupting microaggressions, and options for interrupting the violence that results from them.

Staff found the resources and workshop useful, so we decided to share those activities for anyone working to deepen their own racial equity analysis and practice. This resource has been designed for Living Cities staff based on our internal needs; please feel free to adapt this resource for your own use.

We are also working on organizational guidance to support staff in interrupting microaggressions and violence in our events, convenings or meetings. If your organization has any, and wouldn’t mind sharing, please email us at racialequity@livingcities.org

List of resources we used to create this worksheet:

Tool to interrupt microaggressions

Did You Really Just Say That?

The People’s Response Team and AFSC Chicago Do’s and Don’ts for Bystander Intervention

4 D’s of De-escalation

My Grandmother’s Hand : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email

More Resources

Internal Scan: Racial Equity and Inclusion Competency Survey Results 2021

On June 15, 2021 Living Cities administered our fifth annual Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI) competency survey to all staff to reflect on their individual competency related to understanding and advancing racial equity. The survey was originally designed by Hafizah Omar, with feedback and input from Nadia Owusu and Ratna Gill. The questions from this survey were adapted from GARE’s …

Systemic Racism 101: A Visual History of the Impact of Racism in America

Systemic Racism 101: A Visual History of the Impact of Racism in America Book by: Living Cities and Aminah Pilgrim Purchase today: https://t.co/oHZlJIIJJ4  In collaboration with historian Aminah Pilgram, PhD, we break down concepts of systemic racism, starting with Columbus’ arrival in 1492 to the Black Lives Matter movement. This book offers historical overviews, infographics, and more to help you …

Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund 2021 Annual Report

This report summarizes Living Cities Blended Catalyst Fund’s (BCF) activities during its sixth year of operations, from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 (FY21). During this fiscal year, the BCF Team fully committed the Fund as of March 31, 2021 reaching 26 investments totaling $33.5MM. The latter half of the BCF investments have been aligned with the iterated investment …

Answering the Call: Implementing the Promise of Equity in Procurement

The second City Accelerator cohort on Inclusive Procurement invited ten cities–Boston, Cleveland, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and South Bend–to leverage their spending power and procurement systems to create greater and more equitable economic opportunity for Black and Brown-owned businesses. Throughout a year that included a global pandemic and racial justice uprisings in response to the …

Get Updates

We want to stay in touch with you! Sign up for our email list to receive updates on the progress we’re making with our network of partners, as well as helpful resources and blog posts.

Name