As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers but often times lack the skill set to diffuse conflict when potentially violent situations occur. On Sunday, 150 people gathered together to discuss how to be allies to people of color as instances of hate speech and violence increase all over the country. We hosted three workshops that explored different strategies to disrupt racism. Below are some links to articles, books, and local organizations for folks who would like to take a step to #endwhitesilence and be a peacemaker in today’s political climate.
Force More Powerful, by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall Rosenberg
What Would You Do?, by John Howard Yoder
Dissident Discipleship, by David Augsburger
Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman
Allyship Post-Trump, by Hoda Katebi
The Art of the Protest, by Tina Rosenberg
Calling In/One-on-one Resources, by SURJ-KC
Showing Up for Racial Justice Kansas City (SURJ KC) is a local network organizing white people for racial justice. We are a part of the national SURJ network.
One Struggle KC is a coalition of community activists seeking to harness the energy of Ferguson, Missouri in an effort to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally and globally.
Our mission is one of mercy and justice for the immigrant community. As people representing a spectrum of faiths, we are united in our affirmation of the innate value of all human beings and their right to be treated fairly and mercifully, regardless of their immigration status.
Communities Creating Opportunity exists to discover, develop and direct the power of people to build a better quality of life for their families….we work through our faith values to build community and empower local leaders.
MORE2 is an interfaith social justice organization…united in our commitment to transforming our communities by creating a metropolitan area that embraces all people, offering them the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.
Fast food and retail workers from across KC coming together to demand good wages and a voice for low-wage workers.
We are growing a sustainable, pervasive culture of knowledge, respect, appreciation, and trust amongst people of all faiths and religious traditions in the greater Kansas City community.
To provide a safe, welcoming space where LGBT+ individuals, their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education and resources; and to build a cohesive LGBT+ community in the Midwest.
A local group devoted to assisting the indigenous peoples resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A local umbrella group bringing together people and organizati
To provide informatio
The Kansas City Coalition Against Hate Violence is a coalition of diverse community groups that collective
This group works to reduce gun violence through education, advocacy and participation in actions to keep children and grandchildren safe at home, at school and in our community.
Veterans For Peace is an international organization made up of military veterans, military family members, and allies. We accept veteran members from all branches of service. We are dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war. Our networks are made up of over 120 chapters across the United States and abroad.
SURJ KC’s Solidarity Action Core will be leading our December Mass Meeting. We’ll hear about ways we can engage in solidarity action, discuss what might be preventing us from engaging in solidarity action, and be invited to participate in an action happening in Kansas City.
Organizing. Strategizing. Taking-Action. Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy and Privilege: Creating Peace, Equity and Opportunity in the Heartland.