Dismantling Racism - What Can You Do?


The Faith In Action Team (FIAT) from Portage Chapel Hill is encouraging everyone to engage in activities to help dismantle racism in our society. Here are some ideas that you and your family can do:

Send a letter to your representatives in government encouraging them to stop voter suppression efforts. This is sponsored by Interfaith Strategy for Action and Advocacy in the Community (ISAAC). Portage Chapel Hill Church is a member of ISAAC.

Attend "State of the Nation...State of the Faith": This group of people from the Chapel Hill community are having conversations around becoming an anti-racist congregation each Thursday evening at 7 pm on Zoom. CLICK HERE to be connected to the Zoom call at 7 pm every Thursday. (More information is below.)

Attend an “Introduction to Systemic Racism” Workshop: Chapel Hill will pay the $150 registration fee for all those who attend this 2-day workshop put on by Eliminating Racism And Creating/Celebrating Equality (ERACCE). These workshops are held monthly and they fill up quickly! Go to eracce.org/event-calendar to register, then contact the church office at office@pchum.org for reimbursement.

Find anti-racist reading lists from ERACCE and Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training

Attend a Portage Kids Peaceful Protests event. These family-friendly protests are held every Wednesday and Sunday from Noon - 1 pm at the corner of S. Westnedge Ave. and Centre Ave. in Portage. This is a great way to introduce kids to protesting and show them how to stand with the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements.

State of the Nation...State of the Faith

  • 7 pm each Thursday evening on Zoom - CLICK HERE to be connected to the Zoom meeting at 7 pm every Thursday

A small group of Chapel Hill folks have been having conversations on anti-racism each Thursday night at 7 pm on “State of the Nation…State of the Faith.”  Becoming an anti-racist congregation has gotten some traction as various small groups have been reading books on white privilege, social marginalization, personal and systemic racism, and more. The Thursday night conversations have turned to not waiting for government-sponsored reparations for chattel slavery, as that does not seem to have necessary political traction. Taking direction from Michael Eric Dyson’s book Tears We Cannot Stop, we are looking at ways we can do some “repaying” right in our own community.  To begin this we will be highlighting black-owned businesses in the area, in hopes that many of us would choose to support these businesses once we know of them!  We offer a few of those businesses to you here.  Should you know of black-owned business you would like listed, please let the office know.  We know that this is in no way an exhaustive list and we also caution that a business appearing here does not constitute an endorsement of services or products they offer.

To find other businesses, or to give a donation, go to Black Wall Street Kalamazoo, which provides services and education to bring forth successful African American businesses.

If you have any questions, concerns, or additional ideas to share, please contact Faith In Action Team Chair Richard Derenne at richard.derenne@stryker.com or the church office at   office@pchum.org.