We recognize there is a lot of work that needs to be done as a country and within our society. RMYC plans to take a deep dive into our systems, processes and culture so that we may take any needed action to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to all members of our community regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or national origin.
The outdoor world, a prominent part of RMYC, is an industry and community that drastically lacks representation of Black, Indigenous and communities of color. RMYC staff have promised to address these inequalities through a series of short and long term goals in a process that will be ongoing. Because education is vital for change, our staff is looking at the following resources and we invite our communities to do so as well, as first steps to take in the battle against racial injustice:
Register to Vote & Take the Census
Voting is essential to letting your voice be heard, especially in local elections. The 2020 Census determines distribution of resources in your community. There is a history of unequal distribution of resources in our country that disproportionately affects Black, Latino and Native communities. Make sure you, your family and friends know the importance of taking the census. Find out more here.
How to be an Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A Washington
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Floodlines (The Atlantic)
When they See Us (Netflix)
The Hate U Give (Free for Rent on Youtube and Amazon)
This Timeline detailing the history of Americorps alongside the Civil Rights Movement
Support Black-Owned Businesses & Artists
Here’s a list of NM businesses and artists provided by New Mexico United
RMYC plans to take steps further with our staff, board and Corpsmembers through education, conversation and action. We are developing a series of training, recruitment strategies and projects that address equal representation and the injustices faced by BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) in New Mexico and our country. To our community: if you have comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out.
We welcome feedback and would love to hear from you on your experience and perspective on the fight against racial injustice in our country.