These unprecedented times have challenged every single person in this city and region. We have been faced with a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black and Brown communities that have long been underinvested in, and populations that live day-to-day with the impact of systemic racism.

On the Table and similar programs carve out a moment for people to come together around a common purpose, listen to understand each other, and learn from other’s experiences. Recent events are calling for more participation in programs like On the Table and others that can help us come together, boldly and with purpose, to take action.

If taking action now is right for you and your community, please consider the following options.

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Hosting an On the Table: A brief guide to virtual conversations

Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a web portal with resources to help educators, parents/caregiver, and people committed to equity, explore issues of race, racism and racial identity. You can learn more on their website: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Upcoming Peace Circles: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation is hosting a series of virtual racial healing circles. The purpose of racial healing circles is to understand how racism intensifies the stress for people of culture, how we can create reciprocal systems of support and begin the transformation of oppressive systems individually and communally. You can find more information about THRT and their upcoming racial healing circles on their website: https://www.transformchi.com/

Community Renewal Society: Following racial justice circles, participants share needs for services, such as counseling, food assistance, housing support are connected directly with a provider in their community. For more information on how to participate, visit their website: https://www.communityrenewalsociety.org/announcements-slick/healingcircle

Author Ibram X. Kendi of How to be an Antiracist has created an “Antiracist Book Club Kit” including a critical reading list and thoughtful questions that are free and available for download on his website: https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

To Support and Give Back

To learn how you can volunteer to help your community visit Serve Illinois for state-wide volunteer opportunities and Chicago Cares for Chicago opportunities.