- Fast from dominant culture news media, instead seeking out news converge from the perspective of marginalized groups.
- Fast from sporting events and broadcasts that feature racist or appropriative mascots.
- Fast from fashion and culture magazines that promote narrow beauty standards.
- Fast from books by white authors, substituting for a broader library of choices.
- Fast from TV shows and movies that do not have robust representation of people of color on screen and behind the scenes.
- Fast from national chains and corporations, instead patronizing small local business, especially those owned by people of color.
- Fast from fuel. Ride public transit, taking the opportunity to get to know those that ride throughout the year.
- Fast from products made by companies with unjust manufacturing or hiring practices.
- Fast from being comfortable. Spend these weeks as a guest at another church. Join groups actively discussing tough issues of racial injustice. Listen. Just listen.
- Fast from material possession. What items have you accumulated that would better serve others in your community?
- Fast from fear. Re-examine who we are told to be afraid of and why. Consider how you might make your church a more welcoming space for folks often greeted with fear.
- Fast from your desire to be a leader, instead allowing yourself to be led and creating new leadership spaces for people of color.
- Fast from an attitude of saviourism. Partner with those around you who are already doing good work.
- Seek out local prison ministries and volunteer to serve in whatever way they deem most helpful
- Get involved with the DREAM Act movement and other immigration reform initiatives.
- Give time and money to university departments and organizations that support students, histories, cultures of otherwise underrepresented groups.
- Find out if your state has passed, or is considering a Kill-at-Will bill (aka Stand Your Ground), and get involved with the work already happening to combat such legislation.
- Mentor local youth through Boys & Girls clubs, or similar organizations.
- Call your state and local representatives and ask for changes in mandatory sentencing laws (look reps up here).
- Find out when local spring elections are taking place and volunteer to drive voters to the polls.
- Take time to scan names and faces of missing children who often get ignored by the media, and check back for updates to the lists.
- Commit to praying daily for issues of racial injustice.
- Pray that God's hand would move in a mighty way against injustice in incarceration, stop-and-frisk policies, abusive deportation, Native rights, healthcare access, and discriminatory hiring practices.
- Pray that the Lord's comfort will rest upon students and parents caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline, those behind bars, those struggling to find food or housing, those who travel unceasingly to to find work.
O God, we pray for those in our world who are suffering from injustice:
For those who are discriminated against because of their race, color, or religion;
For those imprisoned for working for the relief of oppression;
For those who are hounded for speaking the inconvenient truth;
For those tempted to violence as a cry to overwhelming hardship;
For those deprived of reasonable health and education;
For those suffering from hunger and famine;
For those too weak to help themselves and who have no one else to help them;
For the unemployed who cry out for work but do not find it;
We pray for anyone of our acquaintance who is personally affected by injustice.
Forgive us Lord, if we unwittingly share in conditions or in a system that perpetuates injustice.
Show us how we can serve your children and make your love practical by washing their feet.
Syndicated from By Their Strange Fruit