Developed by Seabourne Consulting, experts in Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

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Community Commons is dedicated to lifting up and amplifying community voices and advancing an equitable approach to improving well-being through sharing resources and tools to incite action. We will continue to draw attention to long-standing inequities and root causes of systemic racism and violence, and to seek out and amplify voices of BIPOC (black indigenous people of color) and stories from communities of color -- to listen and to learn. 


We are committed to sharing where and how systemic racism shows up in our communities and neighborhoods nationwide, and the corresponding negative implications on the well-being of our Black neighbors. Importantly, we aim to bring to light what has been successful in combating racism and advancing well-being among communities of color, including policies, strategies, resources, and stories of change. Our hope is that the network of Commons change-makers can continue to come together for the common good and to stand in solidarity with the Black community. Black Lives Matter, and collectively, we need to do better.


The State of Black Well-Being


In terms of well-being, Black people in the United States are still sicker and still die younger than their White counterparts. A review of Black health disadvantage found that relative racial disparities began at birth and continued up to age 65 years. We’ve seen this evidenced clearly in the way coronavirus has disproportionately affected Black people: Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at three times the rate of White people. It’s clear that racism puts the Black community’s health at risk, and that institutional racism -- the ways government and non-government institutions discriminate through policies and practices -- is ingrained in our societies and must be addressed in order to combat and reverse health inequities. Racism (and police brutality) is a public health issue, and in recent weeks many municipalities have rightly declared racism a public health crisis. 



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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Young Men of Color
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 03/27/2018
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How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers
Story - Written
Brought to you by ProPublica
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Health Disparities are a Symptom of Broader Social and Economic Inequities
Story - Written
Brought to you by Kaiser Family Foundation
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The Problem With Research on Racial Bias and Police Shootings
Story - Written
Brought to you by CityLab
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US black-white inequality in 6 stark charts
Story - Written
Brought to you by CNN
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Race Counts: Racial Equity Index
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Advancement Project
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Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and Public Health
Resource - Journal Article
Brought to you by American Public Health Association
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Health Equity and COVID-19
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons

Resources for Action

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Creating Safer Communities: Lessons on Violence Prevention
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 02/20/2018
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Law for Black Lives
Resource - Website/webpage
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Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by American Public Health Association Inc. (APHA)
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97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Story - Written
Brought to you by Medium
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Engaging Lived Experience Toolkit
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Neighborhood Funders Group
Resource - Website/webpage
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Building Momentum From The Ground Up: A Toolkit For Promoting Justice In Policing
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
Brought to you by PolicyLink
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Campaign Zero
Resource - Website/webpage
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Black Lives Matter
Resource - Website/webpage
Brought to you by Black Lives Matter
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Race Counts: The Full Picture
Tool
Brought to you by Advancement Project
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Racial Equity Policy Design and Advocacy: A Primer
Resource
Brought to you by Prosperity Now
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Staff Pick!
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Implicit Bias Toolkit
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
Brought to you by King County

Lifting Up Voices of Communities of Color 


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Racism Has Youths of Color Seriously Stressed Out
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 03/09/2017
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Essay B
Story - Audio
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PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell on Systemic Racism
Story - Video
Brought to you by The Democracy Collaborative
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Encore: A Black Father Answers Tough Questions From His Son
Story - Audio
Brought to you by StoryCorps
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Engaging People with Lived Experience of Inequities in Stories and Dialogue
Resource - Webinar
Brought to you by Community Commons
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We Are Here: The Faces from Third & Plum, Part 1
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 11/15/2018
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We Are Here: The Faces from Third & Plum, Part 2
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/10/2019
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Change
Story - Audio
Brought to you by Crooked
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Dialogue as a Process for Community Change
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons

Add Your Voice


We believe in the power of storytelling to inspire dialogue about what’s possible, as well as stewardship that transforms communities for health, sustainability, and equity. We believe that the most innovative, sustainable strategies are shared and inspired by those working on the ground. Community Commons has long been home to stories of community change, and has worked with contributing writers to publish the stories of those with lived experience of inequity and racism. By sharing stories, we can learn from each other and spread real change for the greater good. Use the embedded form on the Lifting Up Stories of Change on Community Commons card below to share your story. 

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Communities WIN: A Community Guide for Dialogue and Action
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/22/2020
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Lifting up Stories of Community Change on Community Commons
Tool
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Stewardship
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons

 Related Topics


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Racism