Scientists and science communicators must denounce systemic racism and police brutality against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and all Black people, and we demand justice. ComSciCon stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. #STEM fields have had, and continue to have, a long history of exclusion and violence against BIPOC. This is also true in SciComm.
The leadership at ComSciCon has been reflecting on our own anti-racism efforts and are committed to doing the work to doing better to educate ourselves and those we serve, including at our flagship event this month.
We have assembled several resources that others created that have been helpful fo us, detailing ways to donate, to advocate, to educate, and to organize. These websites have compiled a lot of useful and actionable information in one place, and are a great place to start.
- Black Lives Matter - ways to help
- 500 Women Scientists' "Take Action" Do's and Dont's
- @blink180ju's BLM resource list on linktree
- Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein's anti-racism resource list
- The Obama Foundation's Anguish and Action resource list
It is also important to listen to Black voices when they describe their experiences.
- Barack Obama's "How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change"
- Chinasa T. Okolo's "Reflections from a Black Graduate Student"
There are also numerous threads on Twitter listing ways to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
This is by no means a complete list of resources, but we hope it is enough to help others identify ways to act as we work to do so as well. We have invited our community to help us extend this list of resources on Twitter and you can look there for updates and additional thoughts. We can only create change when we are all working together.