Our shop, warehouse, and programs are currently on hold in order to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible during this time of social distancing. Despite being temporarily closed to the public, the Bike Works staff are still working – building bikes, writing curriculum, investigating new ways to provide products and services, and planning for the future.
Since last fall, our staff, Board of Directors, Youth Advisory Committee, and Racial Equity Task Force have been working with facilitators from Beloved Community to draft our next strategic plan to take us from 2021 – 2025 (check out our 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan on our website here). Beloved Community is a non-profit consulting firm focused on implementing regional, sustainable solutions for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order to keep up the momentum around this work, and to increase our collective learning, we are all reading a book about race, racism, and/or equity.
Here are the books we are reading – let us know if you’ve got additional recommendations or favorites from this list!
- Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools – Monique W. Morris
- Race Traitor – Noel Ignatiev (editor)
- Brown Skin White Mind: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology – E.J.R. David
- Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong – James W. Loewen
- Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance – Adonia E. Lugo
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo
- So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
- The Autobiography of Malcom X – Malcom X, Alex Haley
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
- New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America – Wendy Warren
- The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex – Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (editor)
- How to be An Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
- Decolonizing Wealth – Edgar Villanueva