PCDC's Resources for Racial Justice
Updated June 2, 2020
Content Warning: The following statement contains information regarding the murders of George Floyd and others, racism, and police brutality.
On behalf of the Poly Child Development Club, we recognize and acknowledge the pain, grief, and suffering felt by Black Americans. The horrifying murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are just a few examples of the long history of systematic racism and police brutality present in our nation. Cal Poly is no exception. We recognize our status as a predominantly white institution (PWI) and understand the ways in which our university has contributed to racism throughout our history.
We unequivocally denounce white supremacy, racism, and police brutality. It is our responsibility as students, citizens, and human beings to help create a culture of acceptance, equality, and solidarity. We encourage you all to take a stand in this fight: read, learn, protest, donate, call your representatives, share petitions, and more.
It is impossible for most of us to fully understand the pain and grief felt by Black communities around the world. We see you, we hear you, and we will fight beside you. It is not your responsibility to educate the community - it is our duty to educate ourselves. We vow to use our privilege to amplify Black voices and to spread awareness, knowledge, and resources.
We know our support for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement must extend beyond a social media post. We are taking donations at this time. Venmo @PCDC20 with the organization you wish to donate to in the description (Reclaim the Block, Black Visions Collective, etc.).
We understand that not everyone has the funds to donate. There are so many other ways we can show our support for racial equality. Attached is a document that includes ways to educate yourself, petitions to sign, and other ways to get involved. We also included a link to the official statement made by Cal Poly’s administration.
It is also important that we take care of ourselves and each other during this time. Remember to continue to prioritize your mental health. Check out Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing here. Here are some more resources for self-care in the wake of racial trauma.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” - Angela Davis.
We stand with our Black friends, family, and community.
Black Lives Matter, today and every day.
In solidarity and love,
Poly Child Development Club
June 2, 2020