“Every time we do not take a risk we prop up this racist system.”  Rachel Rodgers

I was introduced to Rachel this morning in a email newsletter from coach Michael Bungay Stanier (MSB).    Rachel is a coach, entrepreneur, lawyer, and the founder of her own intellectual property law firm.

Rachel generously posted a 20 minute teaching on Instagram Live that gave me a much-needed metaphorical bucket of ice water wake up call to stop wringing my hands and take action.  You can check out her post here.

Here’s what’s true.

I have a lot to learn and unlearn. And there is no time to waste.

The demonstrations taking place across North America are valuable acts of civil protest that must continue.  We must all do our part to support.

No more black and brown and lives can be lost. And even as I type this the tear gas canisters and bullets are flying in cities across North America.

To my fellow white women and men we need to listen deeply, learn fast, and take action to support our black and brown sisters and brothers.

There have been excellent resources circulating on how to get started. Here are some helpful links from MSBs newsletter and the New Happy newsletter (follow links to subscribe):

And MSB adds:

I’d also like to introduce to you a teacher, Desiree Adaway. Desiree is informed, skilled and fearless, and an incredible resource for making anti-racist shifts individually or at an organizational level. She is offering a free online training on June 11th on Whiteness at Work. Details here.

Bottom line is  act NOW. Listen. Learn. Read. Write. Share. Protest. Speak up.