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Diversity & Inclusion

Anti-Racism Resources

We know that we cannot claim to be committed to diversity and inclusion without speaking out against the overt and covert forms of racism faced by the Black community on a daily basis. To build diverse and inclusive workplaces, we need to start with equity. No workplace can be inclusive without making space for tough conversations and speaking up for what's right.


We're reading, we're listening, and we're educating ourselves on how we can do better. And we're working with the companies and leaders that partner with us to do the same—to not only speak out against injustice, but to take actions to create equity and combat racism within and outside of their organizations.

We shared some of the resources we've been using as an organization here, but we wanted to create this post to serve as a living document that we will continue to add to and update regularly. Have feedback or questions? Email us at hi@powertofly.com.

(And if you've read this far and find yourself questioning whether this strong of a reaction is really necessary, we'd like to challenge you to start here—and keep in mind that that article was written in 1989, but not much has changed since then.)

Coping at Work

Articles

Understanding Systemic Racism and White Privilege

Articles to Read

Books to Read

More here. You can also check out the NYT's anti-racist reading list here. And see if you can purchase any of the books you'd like to read from one of these Black-owned bookstores.


Films to Watch

  • Destin Daniel Cretton's legal drama Just Mercy⁣
  • Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th
  • DuVernay's Historical Drama Selma

More here.

Videos Under 10 Minutes

Talking About Race with Your Kids

What Next?

Places You Can Donate

  • The Bail Project: The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail.
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund
  • Black Lives Matter: Support the fight against state-sanctioned anti-Black violence and systemic racism.
  • National Black Bailout Fund: Help end systems of mass incarceration and free imprisoned Black mothers..
  • Louisville Community Bail Fund: Contribute to bail for protestors in Louisville.
  • Black Visions Collective: Fund campaigns to empower Black communities in Minnesota.
  • Reclaim the Block: Help Minneapolis community and city council members move money from the police department into areas that promote community health and safety.

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