As many of us look for ways to fight racism and create racial equity in our communities, The Ferguson Library is also stepping up efforts to directly address current events and calls to action that our nation, institutions and leaders are now facing in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
As part of that, members of the Stamford community are invitation to collectively envision a mural project to promote racial justice and understanding. Here is the survey link. You are asked to complete it before the end of June.
There is also an opportunity to get involved in the Stamford Everyday Democracy.
The organization started in 2017 with a grant from Connecticut Humanities Council. The Ferguson Library partnered with Everyday Democracy to help bring Stamford residents together to look at the community through the lens of racial equity.
In the summer of 2017, a small group of committed and dedicated members came together to form a coalition. In March 2018, the community was invited for a re-gathering to share the work of the coalition and to invite more people to the group.
Stamford Everyday Democracy is continuing to conduct community conversations around Stamford in an effort to know each other and learn about how racism permeates our lives.
If you’re interested in getting involved, you can start by adding your name to the list to be part of seven conversation sessions that will take place on Zoom.
“It’s a great way to explore your own feelings and emotions about who you are and how you interact and how your beliefs manifest themselves in every day life. And I think that’s an important part of the journey before just jumping into action,” explains Elizabeth Joseph, Associate Director for Community Engagement with the Ferguson Library.
From there, you would find what cause or action team you are best aligned with and would become a part of that action team to help bring change in that arena.
For more information and resources, check the Stamford Everyday Democracy page, here.