In honor of Black History Month, throughout February we have explored the intersection between SFI’s policy priorities and our commitment to anti-racism. We are committed to building our advocacy and our work within this context year-round.
We explored the intersection of our priorities and anti-racism across our social media platforms. We featured notable historical figures, discussed policy connections, and shared action items every week focused on voting rights, foreign policy, and domestic de-militarization. Recognizing the value and importance of these issues, we are sharing all of the links and resources here. We encourage you to click through, read these posts, and share those that resonate with you.
Intersection of Voting Rights and Anti-Racism
- Voting Rights Figure: Fanny Lou Hamer
- Voting Rights + SFI Connection: At SFI, our fight to defend and advance voting rights goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to combat anti-Black racism in America.
- Voting Rights Call to Action: Register to vote
Intersection of Foreign Policy and Anti-Racism
- Foreign Policy Figure: Colin Powell
- Foreign Policy + SFI Connection: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “A Time to Break Silence Speech” includes three arguments against wars of choice grounded in anti-racism.
- Foreign Policy Call to Action: Support the National Security Reforms and Accountability Act
Intersection of Domestic De-Militarization and Anti-Racism
- Domestic De-militarization Police Figure: John Lewis
- Domestic De-militarization + SFI Connection: There are two main ways domestic law enforcement has become more militarized, blurring the line between police and our military.
- Domestic De-militarization Call to Action: Share Your Story
Black History Month Roundtable
SFI is dedicated to ensuring all voices are heard, and we strive to grow our membership to be representative of all military families. As part of this effort, we are hosting a four-part series of Roundtable events this year to highlight underrepresented families within the military community.
In honor of Black History Month, we are hosting How We Tell the Stories of Black Military Service and Why It Matters.
During this roundtable discussion for Black military veterans, partners, and family members, participants will connect, share their personal stories, and brainstorm collective action. The purpose of this event will be to dive into the intersections between two important social movements in the United States: combatting Black racism, and demilitarizing foreign & domestic policies.
We have invited two amazing, highly-informative guest speakers with expertise in Black history, story-telling, and movement-building. These presentations will no doubt inform and inspire! Please RSVP to join this closed-door event.
Throughout the year, we reference many resources to learn about being anti-racist and more about Black history. We hope you find these resources as useful as we have.
- 1619 Project
- Brennan Center for Justice
- Civil Rights: American Experience
- Equal Justice Initiative
- How to Be Antiracist
- Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy as an Anti-Racist Endeavor
- Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality
- 18 Black History Museums to Visit Across the U.S.
- National Civil Rights Museum
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: Voting Rights