Building the Beloved Community

Why I Support Reparations to Descendants of Slavery

by Donna Lamb

Suppose you and your whole family, for generations before you, had been living in luxury, enjoying all the best things of life and esteemed by society at large. Then one day a man comes to your door and tells you that he must talk with you: You haven't known it, but his great-great-grandfather worked with yours, and your great-great-grandfather swindled his out of everything.

Institutionalized Racism: This Nation Was Built on It!

By Donna Lamb

"This country was founded by white people, for white people!" How many times have I read those words in angry e-mails from white supremacists calling me a traitor to my race for what I wrote in my anti-racism or pro-reparations articles.

How I Benefit From White Privilege

By Donna Lamb

As a white woman who's been thinking about how I benefit from white privilege, I see that so much of it consists not only of what I do get to feel and experience but of what I am privileged not to have to think about or experience.

nonviolent communication is . . . ?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is sometimes referred to as compassionate communication. Its purpose is to strengthen our ability to inspire compassion from others and to respond compassionately to others and to ourselves. NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and hear others by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

Checklist of Characteristics of Active Anti-Racist Ally Behavior

  • Names issue as racist
  • Recognizes and makes unearned privilege visible
  • Dismantles internalized dominance and the belief in the racial superiority of self as a white person
  • Challenges yourself and other whites
  • Interrupts collusion with other whites who seek to maintain their power and privilege
  • Breaks silence and speaks up
  • Seeks and validates critical feedback from People of Color
  • Facilitates the empowerment of People of Color
  • Consistently challenges prevailing patterns
  • Takes personal responsibility
  • Acts intentionally and overtly
  • Is consistently conscious
  • Behaves as a change agent
  • Promotes and models change for other whites

Interrupting Racism

By not interrupting racism, we allow it to flourish.

Building the Beloved Community in Washington, DC

By Donna Lamb

Earlier this month, the National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) met for the ninth year at American University in Washington DC.


Earlier this year, the BBC obtained a Racial Justice Grant from the Pond Foundation for, for an East Coast Tour of Creating Caring Communities.

Building the Beloved Community in Washington, DC

By Donna Lamb

Earlier this month, the National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) met for the ninth year at American University in Washington DC.

Building the Beloved Community

Our mission is to provide educational information about the history and nature of systemic racism, connections between oppressions, internalized oppressions, racial justice, the struggles for racial justice.

This program will encourage WILPF members, branches, interested organizations and individuals to work in coalition with people concerned about racial, economic, social, and all justice issues, radical democracy and peace local, national, and international.


Sha'an Mouliert introduces workshop

10 AM - 2 PM June 10, 2006

Sponsored by Catonsville and Baltimore Branches of WILPF

On this sunny Saturday in June, 19 people attended the workshop, including members of both the Catonsville and Baltimore branches of WILPF, Women in Black of Baltimore, and 5 other non-WILPF members who responded to the various mailings, flyers, press releases, and phone calls that promoted the event. Three men were in attendance. Two of the women were African-American. Participants ranged in age from mid-20s to 90.

Past Activities

Spreading the Good Word about WILPF/ UFORJE

left - Lettie Polite, UFORJE co-chair
middle - Kweisi Mfume, former NAACP President& CEO
right - Sha'an Mouliert, UFORJE Theater of the Oppressed trainer

Spreading the Good Word about WILPF/ UFORJE
by Lettie Polite, UFORJE Co-Chair, Asheville, NC branch

Building the Beloved Community Issue Committee invites participation

The Uniting for Racial Justice leadership team submitted a proposal for the 2005-2008 campaign cycle. We were not selected to retain campaign status. The National Office asked UFORJE if we would accept issue committee status. We agreed.


“The Beloved Community” is a term that was first coined in the early days of the 20th century by the philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation. However, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who popularized the term and invested it with a deeper meaning which has captured the imagination of people of good will all over the world.

For Dr.

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