Since May 2020, millions of people around the world have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement by attending protests, posting on social media, and signing petitions. In the scientific community, perhaps one of the most vocal groups of researchers for this social justice movement has been birders. The birding community was the first group of scientists to create a social media initiative to celebrate diversity in STEM in May 2020: Black Birders Week.
Tag: Black Lives Matter
A reminder to the community: systemic racism is not just about the tools (but it’s a good start)
Systemic racism has ravaged our country since its creation; America was built on it and continues to bask in it. It has taken lives and left them nameless and forgotten. More recently, though, some of those names are being heard and some of those faces are being seen…
Black Lives Matter & How You Can Help: A List of Organizations, Businesses, & Fundraisers
Black Lives Matter started in 2013, and took off in May 2020 to create one of the largest social justice movements in the country’s history. We have put together a list of organizations, businesses, and fundraisers either associated with or supporting the Black Lives Matter movement…
Where is our administration right now?
This week, Bloomington has made national news for racist hate crimes and tolerance of them once again. This news has been covered well by the IDS, but Indiana University has made only one official statement, on Twitter and Facebook. That is unacceptable to me, so I am calling on our administration to do more…. (Content Warning: white supremacy, hate speech, violence).
It can’t be about science right now
In the aftermath of George Floyd and many others’ murders, police and armed forces have instigated violence against peaceful protesters across the nation. Our small community in Bloomington is no exception to racism and pervasive tolerance of it. We at ScIU support the Black Lives Matter movement and the peaceful protests occurring across the country, and we condemn the escalating violence at the hands of local police departments, federal service members, and elected officials. Below is a starting point for helping protesters, amplifying the voices of Black scientists, and engaging with anti-racist literature…