“Overcoming Obstacles to Create Community” is an initiative of the Women’s Voices’ Racial Justice Committee. Each month, we’ll provide timely, concrete ideas and suggestions you can include in your daily lives.
June – Support Victims
- Look for ways either as individuals or as a group to support victims of systemic or individual acts of racism. For example, several local women stepped in to help a St. Louis woman who was going to be charged with child endangerment. She almost lost her two children in a fire because she had no alternative but to leave them alone to go to work. The women helped her find the resources she needed to be sure she would not be forced to put her children in danger again.
- Support victims by helping repair vandalism caused by hate groups. For example, volunteers helped clean up glass from windows broken by violent agitators in the University City Loop.
- If you, or someone you know, is targeted, report those incidents of racism in order to stop and prevent future harassment. For help, visit the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.
- Victims of hate crimes often feel terribly alone and afraid. Victims need a strong, timely message that they are valued…a phone call or letter can help.