[TheThinkTank] How is your bike co-op supporting racial justice? // ¿Como están apoyando la justicia racial en su colectivo?

Rachel Eckles rachel.c.eckles at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 11:01:38 PDT 2020

I am not involved with a bike co-op right now, just a supporter of what
y'all do. But I came across this resource by the Triangle Bikeworks (in
North Carolina) and it seems like a really great structure to a first
conversation around white supremacist culture in the cycling world. This is
a link to a doc that details their approach to this first conversation:

Also sidenote: just want to love on this article on this being the summer
of women on bikes


On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 8:13 PM Carlyn Arteaga <carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org>

> Here at BICAS we are also trying to figure out the best way forward, and
> we've determined that we need to pursue multiple avenues including not only
> direct services considerations, but also organizational education,
> reflection, reconciliation, and even reparations. By no means is BICAS
> perfect and we have a looong ways to go, but we have been working hard for
> some years now at getting away from the "white bike bro" monoculture and
> having some tough convos about general racial equity. But as part of
> issuing a statement of solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, we
> decided that it was important for us to identify our current endeavors as a
> commitment to unlearning *anti-Blackness specifically*, as a thing apart
> from a more general commitment to racial justice. Many non-Black POC
> communities, after all, are just as steeped in anti-Black sentiment as
> white communities, and we felt it was important to be clear about our
> learning & unlearning efforts as they relate to this movement. That said,
> we have only just begun.
> ~Carlyn
> -----------------
> Español:
> (Perdóname los errores, es que aprendí mi espanol en la cocina de mi
> abuela):
> Aquí en BICAS estamos tratando de identificar la manera mejora de avanzar
> y decidimos que necesitamos perseguir avenidas varias, incluyendo no
> solamente los servicios directos, sino también educación organizacional,
> reflexión, reconciliación, y aun las indemnizaciones. Claro que BICAS no es
> perfecto y nos queda mucho de hacer, pero hemos estado trabajando mucho
> durante años recientes en salir del monocultivo "white bike bro" y hablar
> de la equidad racial. Pero bueno, así que emitimos una declaración de
> solidaridad con "las vidas negras importan" decidimos que fue importante
> identificar nuestros intentos como una obligación desaprender *la
> anti-negritud específicamente*, como algo distinto de nuestro compromiso
> a la justicia racial en general. Es cierto que las comunidades "non-Black
> gente de color" estan tanto llenado del racismo anti-negro como las
> communidades blancas, y sentimos que fue importante ser muy claro sobre
> nuestras esfuerzas de aprendar y desaprender en relación a este movimiento.
> Ahora bien, estamos solo al principio.
> ~Carlyn
> --
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> *pronouns: they/them/theirs*
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