Dear Members and Friends of Allies for Racial Justice,

As most of you know there is a significant gap in the health care system between people of color and others. Its glaring division is so sadly highlighted with the impacts of Covid 19. While this is not a surprise to most of us, perhaps this will help guide discussions and policies going forward. In the short run, we cannot resolve the underlying systemic racism which has led to the disturbing death rates we are seeing. Our hope is that once we get past this pandemic, the health and economic issues it has created will stay fresh on our hearts and in our minds.

When we hear from our friends and family that “racism is better now” or “I’m not racist, I treat everyone the same”, we can help educate them about systemic racism and its continuing impact on the African American community. During this time, please take the opportunity to educate yourself and your family on what can be done. Below is website with articles on racial justice. There are many more, but this one has several links to articles. Please also check our website for more resources. All may not represent our beliefs, but they provide positions and information. Below that link are a list of other ways you can help during the crisis.

If we live out our faith, we must first acknowledge that all people are made in the image of God. To allow people of color to be treated less than, or differently from whites, moves us away from God’s purpose and design for all our lives. The pandemic is showing us the connection between all of humankind intended by God when He said that we are all His children. As in crises and wars before, It is requiring all of us to work together to get back to health and safety. We at ARJ have not stopped working and planning for the future. Thank you for your continued dedication to make our community a better representation of the Kingdom of God.

Blessings and Safety for you and your family,

Anita Maltbia – St. James UMC

Kay McCarthy – Church of the Resurrection

Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

One of the most important things we can do during this season of disorder is to educate ourselves in preparation to reorder our lives and culture post-pandemic. The link below provides numerous articles and resources to get us thinking about what is and what can be.

Visit the Racial Equity Tools website to learn more.

Additional Ways to Help

Restaurant Workers
The thing I miss most is eating lunch or dinner out with friends.  Please help keep those restaurants (and their employees) afloat during this time:

Curbside KC (order food for pickup) 
BaristaKC Virtual Tip Jar 
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation 
Helping Those That Are Hungry
Below are local and national organizations that always welcome assistance.

Don Bosco Senior Center 
Food Equality Initiative 
MCC Food Pantry locations
Thelma’s Kitchen at Reconciliation Services 
Other Organizations 
Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund 
Salvation Army 
American Red Cross 
Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund 
United Nations Foundation
World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund 
Doctors Without Borders
Partners in Health
National Council on Aging
Facebook will double your donation to the CDC Foundation’s coronavirus response support