We are a group of Dimond neighbors who meet to address ways for our community to avoid racial profiling in our crime prevention efforts. We meet to discuss, educate and challenge ourselves and each other about the unconscious bias and assumptions about race, combined with fear of crime, which is making our neighborhood feel intolerable to the people of color who live, work and visit here.
On Saturdays, from Noon to 1 pm, we gather at the corner of MacArthur Blvd. and Fruitvale Ave. in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Cracking the Codes Screening
We have held two free screenings of the World Trust film, Cracking the Codes: Unlocking the System of Racial Inequality.
White Awake Accountability Groups
We have two White Awake Accountability Groups for those of us who wish to deepen our understanding of racism and white supremacy in order to become more skillful and respectful of the people of color in our lives. We explore issues of implicit bias, white privilege, and white culture through films, readings, and our own personal stories to become more skillful and respectful of the people of color with which we work and who are our neighbors. We learn to not call each other out, but call each other in and learn from each other's missing the mark. Together we ask - How we can resist caving into white fragility and instead build resilience to face racism and its impact, to stand in our discomfort, to bring our fear with us and continue to do the work, and to sustain ourselves for the long haul ahead?
Q&A: Oakland Police Dept. Asst. Chief Figueroa
In July we hosted a Q&A forum on the topic of racial profiling with Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief Figueroa at the Dimond Library.
Racial Profiling Power Point
We developed a racial profiling power point to help neighbors better understand the issue of racial profiling. We have presented the power point to the Dimond Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council with representatives from the Oakland Police Department in attendance. We are making plans to present to other local groups.