Message from Kayan Cross, Chairperson for Just Peace
Here is a list of resources for keeping you involved in the justice movement for eliminating racism. It is a fraction of resources available. More to come.

Chinook Center
The Chinook Center is a progressive, mission driven community space that empowers and connects people and grassroots organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice in the Pikes Peak region.

2551 Airport Rd. #107
Colorado springs, CO 80910
Phone: (570) 575-6744

Chinook Center’s People’s College
People’s College is a series of presentations and workshops organized by local activists, organizers and experts aimed at increasing people’s skills and knowledge to work towards social change.

Empowerment Solidarity Network
The Empowerment Solidarity Network is committed to implementing and sustaining Educational and Leadership practices within our communities in order to develop strong thriving livelihoods for families of color in the community, increase their access/obtainment to resources and effectively address the roots of societal inequities.

Truth and Conciliation
Our mission is to uncover, examine and redress the historic and sustained acts and pillars of structural and systemic racism by engaging in processes of truth and conciliation to achieve equality and equity in American society.

Our name: Des is short for Desmoterion, “place of chains”, used to describe prisons in ancient Athens. We like the idea of the chains because incarceration expands far beyond bars to laws, policies, belief systems, private industry and America’s idea of freedom.

Suggested books:

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
    The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Part of the ReVisioning American History Series) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
    The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning.

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