WHAT CAN WE DO NOW? HOW DO WE ACT?
We are continuing to learn about these issues and are listening to others, but here are some ideas for how designers, planners, and others who impact the built environment can take action now. This includes reflecting on how we as individuals, our workplaces, and our collective industries uphold and contribute to white supremacy and structural racism, listening to BIPOC who have been writing, speaking and working on these issues for generations, working to make changes in our workplaces and institutions that represent us professionally, and financially supporting organizations and existing efforts to redistribute resources where they are needed.
We encourage everyone to set up a recurring donation to one or more of the organizations listed below so we continue to contribute to these efforts in a sustained way into the future. Ask your employer to match your donation and encourage them to donate as a business/organization!
LOCAL TWIN CITIES ORGANIZATIONS:
In addition to what is listed on our resources page, consider checking out the following sources (but also note that this is in no way comprehensive and we encourage further exploring on your own and as a workplace!):
DESIGN JUSTICE FOR BLACK LIVES: Contact professional design organizations, leading firms/offices, and organizers to hold them accountable to create policies and other actions for racial justice within our fields. Organized by Colloquate Design.
DESIGN AS PROTEST: DIRECTION ACTION IDEATION: "a Black-led organizing effort, in solidarity with the movement for Black Lives, to marshall creative design strategies to dismantle the privilege and powers structures that use architecture and design as a tool of oppression"
STOP DESIGNING PRISONS, JAILS, POLICE STATIONS, IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS, + OTHER TOOLS FOR SYSTEMIC RACISM and organize with Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR): to call on AIA's National Ethic's Council to review their 2012 decision to reject ADPSR's proposal to ban the design of execution chambers and spaces intended for solitary confinement/isolation. Learn about and support Designing Justice + Designing Spaces' efforts to address the root causes of mass incarceration through design.
CONTACT ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS and hold them accountable to hire more Black faculty, create more pipelines for Black academics, fund their research, + provide more scholarships to BIPOC students. via Germane Barnes
CONTACT NCARB, AIA, ACSA, + OTHER ORGS/INSTITUTIONS to ask how they are acting to reduce barriers for Black workers, how they plan on financially supporting Black-led organizations/firms, how they plan on acknowledging the specific ways they have contributed and upheld racism historically and today, and other ways they are addressing the vast number of racial disparities we have in our industry. Then hold them accountable!