The Peace and Social Concerns Committee is working to help New Garden Friends Meeting incorporate more immediate social and economic justice actions into our everyday lives. Thus, every weekly newsletter will include one Anti-Racist Action suggestion and one website whereby members can find minority-owned business to support, if they so choose. The Meeting is not endorsing or advertising these businesses; we just feel it’s important to spread dollars more equitably to all community members and entrepreneurs. Suggestions for future ideas/submissions can be sent to Traci Claywell, 336-554-1534 by call/text or email to (traciventure66@yahoo.com)

Anti-Racist Actions You Can Take Now:

Understand your local law enforcement.

  1. Learn the talking points on defunding the police offered by the Movement for Black Lives to host conversations in your community. Explore these points by visiting:https://tinyurl.com/y2z3keq5
  2. Attend your next city council meeting to learn how they invest in local law enforcement (many are hosting virtually). You may also find transcripts or archives of previous meetings online.
  3. Study a toolkit created by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to effectively advocate for divestment. Access this kit by at: https://tinyurl.com/yy7w9hqk
  4. Tell your Congressperson https://p2a.co/67gyiIX to support the BREATHE Act, which advocates for divestment in order to reimagine public safety. Learn more about this Act by visiting breatheact.org The newsletter, www.antiracismdaily.com, from November 16, 2020, was the source of the actions suggested above.

Local Minority-Owned Business You Can Support Now:

Visit www.buyblackgso.com to find Black-owned businesses in our city, including restaurants, event planners, photographers/artists, beauty and products, barbers, retailers, dentists and doctors, health and wellness, pet care, attorneys, insurance agents, realtors, banks and financial services, automotive and home repair/services, marketing, etc…Most listings include websites by which to peruse merchandise. Or Log-in to http://www.greensboroblackchamber.com home of the Greater Greensboro Black Chamber of Commerce website, whose mission is to serve “as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of African American businesses in the Triad. We are focused on facilitating economic growth for the business community by providing access to business resources and opportunities that add value. Creating Change and Community!”