Join Our Movement!
Antiracist Riverside members participate in many ways. We invite you to figure out how best you can contribute to the effort. Some ways to participate include:
Attend meetings to identify issues, make recommendations, and provide updates on action items
Participate in Candid Conversation opportunities
Be part of a focus area team to make recommendations and take action for change in areas of health, housing, education, policing, and other identified focus areas
Monitor City Council meeting agendas for antiracist issues
Attend City Council and School Board meetings to speak on agenda items or during public comment
Push for representation of people of color on City Council, Boards, and Commissions
Serve as a liaison between Antiracist Riverside and other civic organizations
Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month
from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Zoom
Antiracist Riverside aims to identify, investigate, and address blatant and hidden racist policy and activities related to City Government, education, health/mental health, housing, policing, and other areas of inequity within the City of Riverside. Members participate in the various issue teams, where they represent ARR on various local committees and report important information back to the organization for discussion at the bi-weekly meetings.
ARR's meetings are dedicated to formulating strategic plans and coordinating events to address racism. The forum is also used to prioritize activities, make work assignments, and assess progress by evaluating each undertaking and developing metrics for measuring movement toward our goals and objectives.
In addition, we review potential speakers who are subsequently invited to share their expertise with our group as a foundation for outreach, programming, and partnerships.
New attendees are welcome and will gain a better sense of how Antiracist Riverside performs its mission to empower individual organizations and commissions to eliminate racism.
If you would like to attend ARR meetings, please sign up at the bottom of this page and we will add you to our contact list.
The Fall and Winter 2022 Schedule of
Candid Conversations will be published soon,
so please check back!
Join us on the second and fourth Saturday mornings each month from 10:00 to 11:30 am for a virtual forum of information and respectful exchange of views.
Candid conversations will occasionally invite guest speakers to share specific information about their work in the community to dismantle racism and racist systems and policies. Follow-up Q & A sessions bring clarity and detail to these discussions.
These facilitated conversations are thought-provoking, honest, and meaningful, centering on topics introduced in books we are reading to inform our antiracist mission.
Books we have read as a group include:
Heather McGhee's The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist
REI is a Black-owned business comprised of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational team of organizers and trainers committed to the work of anti-racism. As instructors they bring a wealth of experience with backgrounds working in a variety of fields and institutional sectors including public health, education, medicine, social services, etc.
REI's two-day Phase 1 training is designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. Participants come away with a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes. Participants should leave the training better equipped to begin to work for change.
Contact the California Anti-Racism Alliance (CARA) at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the workshop, registration, alumni auditing, and potential scholarships.
The first step is signing up to receive information!