Common Merganser / Earl Blackaby / Seattle Audubon – Seattle Times Photo Contest
Anti-Racism Resources List
In June of 2020, the Seattle Audubon Board of Directors approved our new strategic plan, Cities at the Center. The plan identified a specific goal and action plan to support and increase Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) leadership at Seattle Audubon. This goal centers our commitment to understanding and eradicating structural racial inequity at every level of our work. Critical first steps in this process must involve listening and learning, both as individuals and as an organization.
As a precursor to formal trainings, Seattle Audubon’s Equity & Justice Committee has prepared a curated list of anti-racism resources for self-guided learning to share with our community. We hope that members of our community of all races will find many of these resources helpful. We particularly urge white members of the Seattle Audubon community to utilize this resource list, because the nature of systemic racism and white privilege allows white people to avoid thinking critically about race, racism, and whiteness. Engaging with these learning resources will give you the analytical tools necessary to be part of Seattle Audubon’s efforts to identify and dismantle systems of oppression in our organization and community, and to actively work toward an anti-racist future. We invite you to join us in this important and necessary work in two ways: 1) using the list, and 2) improving the list.
Suggestions for using the list:
- As an individual: Consider where you are in your own anti-racism journey as you approach the list and think about your learning style to choose where best to begin. Consider whether you would like your engagement session to be reflective, educational, or lead to action. The resourecs available come in a variety of forms, including articles, videos, and podcasts.
- As a community: You do not need to be a part of a formal group of volunteers at Seattle Audubon to benefit from these resources. Informal book clubs or discussion groups with friends can spark deep introspection and motivate change.
Help us strengthen the list:
- Let us know if any important resource is missing.
- Provide feedback on the resources already included.
- Share how you’d like to be supported in using the list.
The Seattle Audubon Equity & Justice Committee
A New Name for an Inclusive Future
Mar 28, 2023
No longer a barrier, our new name represents an open door for new communities to join us in our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive.
How We Found Our New Name
Mar 27, 2023
We conducted a transparent and inclusive process to choose our new name. Read more to learn about how we found our new name.
Letter from Executive Director on NAS Announcement
Mar 15, 2023
This morning, the National Audubon Society (NAS) announced that they would retain the Audubon namesake. They do not dispute that the success of John James Audubon’s Birds of North America hinged on scientific fraud, plagiarism, and the forced labor of enslaved people.
I believe those facts should preclude further elevation of such a figure at the forefront of our conservation movement.