Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with Black activists that demand swift and substantial changes to policing, criminal justice, and community investment. But, standing in solidarity isn’t enough. We vow to educate ourselves on how to go beyond allyship, to work as abolitionists/accomplices in the field.

We acknowledge that our white-dominant profession has long been complacent in denying Black people the same opportunities and seat at the table in building our communities. We hear the Black voices in our industry, and we will work to dismantle the structures of white supremacy that have been the bedrock of our industry for generations.

We will have the hard conversations, both with ourselves and with our colleagues. We will activate our privilege to ensure the seat at the table isn’t just there, but it is comfortable to be in.

We recognize that police brutality and the current health crisis disproportionately impacting Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) is the culmination of generations of racist development practices and systemic disinvestment in our neighborhoods.

As the staff and board of EcoDistricts, we implore our networks to join us in upholding our mission and ensure that we create neighborhoods for all.

To help the EcoDistricts community navigate and strengthen our collective resolve to fight for racial justice and equity, we need to lean in and support our Black urban and community development leaders. Below, we have identified petitions, articles, and resources for you to explore and act on:

Support the NAACP’s 
 #wearedonedying petition to press for immediate action regarding the killing of George Floyd.

Sign these petitions that have yet to meet their goals, to help provide justice for families whose loved ones have experienced police brutality.

Use this resource to contact all elected officials that represent you, and demand they held accountable for keeping Black lives safe.

Support Black Lives Matter’s national #DefundthePolice campaign.

Read Tamika Butler’s blog post “Stop Killing Us: A Real Life Nightmare”.

Read “A Letter to White Urbanists,” a call to those who are white to act by Alicia John Baptiste, CEO, and President of SPUR.

Watch “Why Cities Are Still So Segregated” from NPR’s Code Switch.

Read Somini Sengupta’s New York Times article “Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism”

Read EcoDistricts’ Board Member Julian Agyeman’s op-ed, “Poor And Black ‘Invisible Cyclists’ Need To Be Part Of Post-Pandemic Transport Planning Too.”

Read Ibram X. Kendi’s piece “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” in response to Ahmaud Arbery’s murder while out for a run.

Read Dr. Robert Bullard’s piece, “The Quest for Environmental Justice and The Politics of Place and Race”.

Listen to Code Switch’s podcast “A Decade of Watching Black People Die”.

See Crack Magazine’s “How to support the Black Lives Matter movement – Funds and Organisations Who Need Your Help”.

Explore the resource guide “Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race” to ensure we are raising kids to be anti-racist.

See “The Cities We Need,” an in-depth op-ed series by the New York Times calling for a new and ambitious era of inclusive urban reinvestment.

Explore the Smithsonian's "158 Resources to Understand Racism in America".

Learn how to go from actor, through ally to accomplice when doing anti-racist work on yourself and within your community.

Watch documentaries, like Ava DuVernay's Netflix Documentary 13th, about the 13th amendment and how it enables modern-day slavery.

Read Julie Devaney Hogan's article "3 White Privilege Blind Spots in Boston That Are Keeping Us Racist", which helps provide applicable insight for major cities across the U.S.

Explore the National Museum of African American History & Culture's interactive guide to help to talk about race.