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UCLA, ALPHA PSI CHAPTER

Black Lives Matter

A Letter From Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Psi

The members of Alpha Chi Omega at UCLA would like to express our support for the Black community both at our university and throughout the country. As an organization that aims to bring awareness to domestic violence, we cannot condone the acts of violence that have been perpetrated disproportionately against the Black community and other people of color. We continue to stand in solidarity with the Black community and we believe that it is our responsibility to do more. We recognize that the institution that we are part of has historically been embedded with privilege, but we know we must use our platform to do better and to amplify this movement to the best of our abilities. We must educate ourselves and speak up against racism and oppression.

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We ecourage everyone to do more than just say they stand in solidarity but rather to take action. Contact your state officials. Sign a petition. Read a book. Watch a movie. Learn. Be better.

If you have the means, take it one step further, donate to those in need. In less than 24 hours, our chapter has matched over $1000 in donations to the People's City Council Freedom Fund as one of the ways we are taking action in this. We will no longer be able to match donations at this time, but we do not intend for our activism to end with this fundraiser and hopefully we will be able to make further contributions later on.

Finally, we want to express our condolences to the people who have lost loved ones as a direct result of police brutality. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korckinski-Paquet, Tony McDade, Trayvon Martin, and countless other African-Americans lost their lives due to systemic racism. They will never be forgotten.

In solidarity,

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Psi Chapter

06/04/2020

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Books, Podcasts,Videos, & Movies to Educate Yourself

BOOKS TO READ

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That The Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

“Learning from the 60s” by Audre Lorde (1982)

Azalea: A Magazine by Third World Lesbians (Journal)

PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO

1619

About Race

The Diversity Gap

VIDEOS TO WATCH

Angela Davis Speaking on Violence and Revolution 

Malcom X on White Guilt, being a Black Man in America, and purpose of movements and “violence”

A History of the Black Lives Matter Movement

MOVIES TO WATCH

When They See Us

Dear White People

Selma

The Help

Other Resources