Racism and disaster preparedness
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Why are Communities of Color disproportionately affected by the coronovirus? How does our society treat a largely Black and migrant labor force of service and agricultural workers? When disaster strikes, who is served and who isn’t? Are racism and disaster response interrelated? If so, what can we do about it?
Saturday, October 17, 2020 three ELCA Region 1 educators, activists and community organizers joined Dave Brauer-Rieke, ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness and Response Project Coordinator, to discuss just this. Please enjoy a replay of this webinar and feel free to use the resources below. Together we can make a difference!
PANEL: Alaide Vilches Ibarra, Executive Director, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Oregon
LaVeta Gilmore Jones, Co-Executive Director and Community Organizer for Leaven Community/Salt & Light Lutheran
Sr. Kelly Tazuko Marciales, Director ELCA Organizing for Mission Network
Rev. Dave Brauer-Rieke, ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness and Response – Webinar Moderator
ESSENTIAL CONVERSATION AT A TIME OF CULTURAL OPPORTUNITY.
Spiritual Grounding with Sr. Kelly Marciales
Basic Framing – Racism and Disaster
Panel Discussion Only
“The Missing Chapter!”
What the panel discussed while participants spent time in personal reflection, plus Q & A
Entire Webinar ‘Video Only’ Version
Documents from the Webinar
The Disaster “Crunch” Model:
Guidelines for Gendered Approach
The Disaster Crunch Model: Guidelines for a Gendered Approach was written by Vu Minh Hai and Ines Smyth in 2012. While not referenced directly in this webinar, this document is one reference that explains the “Disaster Crunch Model” developed by Wisner et al in 2004. The discussion in this document around making the model more gender sensitive is similar to the work our panel did in applying the model to issues of Systemic Racism.
The following resources were referenced in the webinar and are shared with you here:
Thank you to all who participated! So many care about the Systemic Racism in our midst, but don’t feel they know how to engage. Our panel said “Talk to people.” Engage in meaningful one to one conversations with those you might not otherwise talk to. Show up at events, town hall meetings, and educational offerings. Read, listen and learn. Such anti-Racism Word is Disaster Preparedness. Your local efforts and energy are essential to dismantling Racism.
With respect to Disaster Preparedness work in general, this is the purpose of the ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness Project. Help organize a Disaster Preparedness Team in your congregation. We are here to help. Contact you ELCA Synod office for support. Volunteer to work directly with your Synod in their efforts. We’re building a Region 1 focus to help you step up to the plate and lend a hand. If you have not yet subscribed to the ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, the Hammer and Dance, do so now. It is one of our primary communication and community building tools. If you have questions or ideas please email Dave Brauer-Rieke, Program Coordinator.