Dear Hive NYC,
Our hearts have grown heavy as news of the violence and lives lost around the country has unfolded over the past week. We send our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and communities of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens.
As tragic and shocking as the past week’s events have been, we recognize that they are not isolated incidents, but rather symptoms of generations of systemic racism, violence, and inequality in our society.
The purpose of Hive NYC is to provide space for educators to design innovative digital media learning experiences for youth, the ultimate goal of which is to create more equitable educational opportunities for all young people in New York City. Innovative learning is at the core of our network — the opportunities we develop within Hive can only truly reach their potential to change our education landscape if we work together to acknowledge and commit to dismantling inequalities. These issues impact all of our lives and communities, regardless of the proximity we may feel to them.
One of the most effective, immediate steps we can take following weeks like this is to encourage and make safe spaces for dialogue and healing. Many of you may already be in conversation with your staff, colleagues, and youth. To help, we have compiled a list resources below that may serve as helpful guides for discussion or personal reflection. If you or your organizations are hosting related events or circles that are open to other Hive members, or have additional media, youth-created projects, or resources to share, please feel free to post directly to our listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hana & Meghan
Hana Sun Meghan McDermott
Portfolio Strategist Senior Lead
Hive NYC Learning Network Mozilla Learning Hub
Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens, School Library Journal
Black Students’ Lives Matter: Building the School-to-Justice Pipeline, Rethinking Schools
Something More is Required of Us Now. What?, EmbraceRace
A Resource for Talking About Race With Young Children, Raising Race Conscious Children
This is What White People Can Do to Support #BlackLivesMatter, The Washington Post
It Starts at Home: Confronting Anti-Blackness in South Asian Communities, Queer South Asian National Network (curriculum that can be adapted for many demographics)
Alton Sterling and When Black Lives Stop Mattering, New York Times
Yes, You Can be Pro-cop and Pro-Black Lives Matter, Esquire/The Daily Show
We are NOT All Trayvon: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in POC Communities, Black Girl Dangerous
The Black Lives Matter Network Advocates for Dignity, Justice, and Respect, Black Lives Matter
While Families Mourn Their Dead, My Life Goes On, Medium/Showing Up for Racial Justice
Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable, Black Girl Dangerous
Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person, Justin Cohen blog
We Need Co-conspirators, Not Allies, The Guardian