We Stand United For:
Every day, discrimination affects the health, well-being, and hope of our colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family members.
For nearly 95 years, United Way has changed lives by investing in communities across Rhode Island. Even though much of our work has focused on equity, inequity continues to be a major barrier for many Rhode Islanders. If our state cannot ensure equality, then it's time for us to increase engagement, elevate our role, and bring about change.
We call on you to join us. Rhode Islanders have a deep-rooted passion to help others in times of need... and there's no better time than the present.
We stand united against all forms of discrimination. Together, we will continue to:
- Partner with organizations that place equity at the forefront of their work.
- Advocate for changing discriminatory policies.
- Work to ensure affordable housing and high-quality education is accessible to all.
- Educate community members about racism and facilitating change.
Community First Conversations
Standing United: Part I
On Friday, June 5, 2020, Angela Bannerman Ankoma, United Way's executive vice president, director of community investments, hosted part one of Standing United — a special segment of our weekly Facebook Live series: Community First Conversations. She spoke with a panel of four Black mothers about racism in Rhode Island and their hopes for the future.
Standing United: Part II
On Friday, June 12, 2020, United Way's Kyle Bennett, director of policy and research, and Larry Warner, director of grants and strategic initiatives, co-hosted part two of Standing United. They spoke with two Black Rhode Island men about racism and the importance of working together to build community.
Articles for Parents:
- 19 books to help children find hope and strength in stressful times
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Anti-Racism: A List of Resources
- How to Talk with Children about Hate Speech
- Leaving a Positive Footprint
- Let's Fight Racism!
- Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
- Talking to children after racial incidents
- With hate crimes on the rise, I'm teaching my kids to be kind, not scared
Books for Children:
- A is for Activist
- Antiracist Baby
- “More More More,” Said the Baby
- We’re Different, We’re the Same
- Woke Baby
- Black Brother, Black Brother
- Black Is a Rainbow Color
- Ghost Boys
- IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All
- A Kids Book About Racism
- Let’s Talk About Race
- This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work
- We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
- Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice
- America’s Racial Contract Is Showing
- Answering White People's Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement
- Black Community ‘Hit By Two Pandemics’
- The Combahee River Collective Statement
- The Hardscrabble Riot of 1824 Makes Providence a City
- The intersectionality wars
- Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?
- 13th (Netflix)
- Just Mercy
- The danger of a single story (TED Talk)
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race (TED Talk)
- #RaceAnd (video series)
- Videos by Franchesca Ramsey
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR)
- Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE)
- EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island
- NAACP Providence Branch
- Nonviolence Institute
- Providence Student Union
- Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
- Rhode Island for Community & Justice
- Rhode Island Black Business Association
- Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
- Rhode Island Coalition of Black Women
- SISTA FIRE
- Stages of Freedom
- The Effects of Racism on Mental Health: How to Cope
- How Racism, Trauma And Mental Health Are Linked
- The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach
- Physiological & Psychological Impact of Racism and Discrimination for African-Americans
We're making Rhode Island a safer, more equitable place for all... regardless of race. There's a lot of work left to do; support our Community Impact Fund and let's do it together.