EcoDistricts stands 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.
Our commitment to BLM led EcoDistricts to seeking in a new home for our work, one dedicated and focused on centering racial equity in every aspect of urban and community development. With the acquisition by Partnership for Southern Equity, we have begun this journey with a back led organizaton anchored in the American South, home to the American civil rights movement. By partnering with PSE, we are acknowledging that our mostly white-dominant profession has long been complacent and too powerful in representing the interests of Black and Communities of Color when advocating and implementing investments that disproportionately impact their lives. We need to do more than lift up the Black voices in our industry. we must work to dismantle the structures of white supremacy that have been the bedrock of our industry for generations.
To help the EcoDistricts community navigate and strengthen our collective resolve to fight for racial justice and equity, we have identified petitions, articles, and resources for you to explore and act on. This is only a small number of incredible contributions being made to our field: