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Resources for Addressing Anti-Black Racism & Allyship

Thursday, June 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Debra Pexa

In our effort to be active and present by listening, learning, speaking up and doing the essential work of addressing anti-black racism, racial injustice and violence across our communities, MWL will continue to provide resources and notice of events that help us all to understand and confront these issues, as individuals and as a community.  



NAWL Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit
Posted July 20, 2020

This toolkit from the National Association of Women Lawyers is designed to maintain and prioritze diersity and inclusion in the legal community during these turbulent times. The toolkit is available HERE.



21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©
Posted July 2, 2020


The Council of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law is proud to announce our participation in a “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©.” The 21-Day Challenge concept was conceived several years ago by diversity expert  Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. We are grateful to him for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this concept as an educational tool. 



Continuing to Heal with Intent: Lessons Learned
Posted June 29, 2020


MWL is pleased to sponsor and share this event with our membership:  On Thursday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m., Abdul Omari and Jamil Stamschror-Lott will be offering one final program to wrap up the Healing with Intent sessions, offer a few lesson learned and next steps to continue the healing process. This program is open to all legal professionals. 


Following the tragic killing of George Floyd, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice created a space for people to come together to acknowledge the trauma and grief in our community. In partnership with our legal community, TCDIP offered 12 sessions with trained facilitators, Abdul M. Omari, PhD and Jamil Stamschror-Lott, including sessions specifically for Black and other people of color.  


In this session, Jamil Stamshror-Lott and Dr. Abdul Omari will share the lessons learned from careful listening and dialogue during the Healing with Intent sessions, including how to address the ongoing grief and emotions that are running through our legal community.  There's a great deal of racial justice work and change that needs to happen in the Twin Cities. This will take sustained dialogue, healing and attention from all members of our community. 


Find out more and register at this link!



Discussing Racism & Being Anti-Racist Toolkit

Posted  June 19, 2020


Fellow bar leaders:


The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce the release of the WBA’s Discussing Racism & Being Anti-Racist Toolkit


We invite our fellow women’s bar associations, other affinity bars, law firms, and others to share the Toolkit widely.


The Toolkit is a comprehensive (although not exhaustive) collection of resources currently available. It offers a range of written materials, opportunities, and tools for readers to learn about race and systemic racism in the U.S. and how to become and be anti-racist, in support of the WBA’s call for members and the community( to begin the work of dismantling systemic racism.


When available, the WBA has provided source links. The WBA encourages readers to borrow books from a local library or to purchase from a local Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC)-owned independent bookseller. 


The WBA will update the Toolkit periodically, and plans to use it as a springboard for internal and external-facing programming.


Carol Montoya

Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia/WBA Foundation



MSBA Resources

Posted  June 10, 2020


The MSBA has launched a page of resources for members interested in providing legal assistance or working for institutional change in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. 




Posted June 9, 2020

Resources provided in follow-up to the "Healing with Intent" discussion series:




Allyship Resources
Posted June 5, 2020


MWL extends its sincere thanks to Twin Cities Diversity in Practice for offering a important program to over 1,000 of our community members today.   Activating Allyship to Combat Anti-Black Racism led by Ritu Bhasin offered a call to action and concrete steps for all of us to engage in anti-black racism work.


Ritu generously provided this valuable list of resources following the event. You can visit Ritu's personal website  with more resources, her corporate consulting website, and follow her on Instagram .  




Healing with Intention
Posted June 4, 2020:


MWL is pleased to sponsor and share this event with our membership.  Please learn more and register HERE


(Update June 9th: additional dates have been added.  Registration is available at the link).


From TCDIP: "Our community is still processing the grief and trauma of witnessing the murder of George Floyd and the others before him throughout the country. As we continue to show up at work and take on the work of racial justice, it’s important to pause. We care deeply about you and your wellbeing. That is why, in the coming weeks, we are offering space for processing the events that have taken place.  Abdul M. Omari, PhD in partnership with Jamil Stamschror-Lott will facilitate the conversations. The programs will have a special focus on supporting Black and people of color who work in predominately white spaces. The program will also focus on helping white allies understand the nature of the trauma that is felt by the community of color in times like these.

We are offering multiple small group sessions of 25 participants each – please see the registration page for details. Based on attorneys self-identification, they are welcome to register for the session that suits their needs. The first program on Tuesday morning is intended for Black legal professionals.






LINK to MWL's Statement Regarding George Floyd
Posted May 29, 2020:






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