OUR MISSION

To create year-round programming, messaging and activation via team and player outlets to eradicate racism and reverse systemic oppression in Black and Brown communities in Connecticut and throughout New England. This page will be continually updated with social reform resources.

FOUR PILLARS

Fundraising Initiatives

Freethrows for Change

Every freethrow made by the Sun during the 2020 season (regular season and postseason) will result in a $5 donation towards the overall effort via the Connecticut Sun Foundation. All freethrows made in the fourth quarter by the Sun during the season will double the donation to $10 each.

Auction

Following the season, the Sun will auction off game-worn and individually signed jerseys via the DASH app. All game jerseys feature Breonna Taylor’s name under each respective Sun player name. The recognition of Taylor, who on March 13, was shot eight times and killed by police in her Kentucky home, is part of an overall effort by WNBA players to recognize women who have died due to alleged police brutality or racial injustice.

Change Can’t Wait Shirts

$20, with net proceeds of $15 per shirt going to the overall fundraising effort. Sun players will be consulted to provide direction on what organizations will receive the funds raised throughout the season.

 

BUY SHIRTS HERE

LOCAL BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Featured Business of the Month:

Dutch’s

Located at 2 Prospect Street, Pawcatuck, Connecticut 06379

Phone | Website | Email

 

MORE LOCAL BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

VOTING

Register to vote

Sign up for an absentee ballot

Learn more about how elections work

Sign up to volunteer in your local campaigns

ELECTION DATES

August 11, 2020

Primaries | Candidates for State & District Office, Candidates for Municipal Office, Presidential (Republican & Democratic)

November 3, 2020

ElectionPresident and Vice-President, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representative and Registrar of Voters

FEATURED READING

Lottie B. Scott

“Scott’s riveting saga of an African American family’s South-North journey showcases the foibles of a nation that fails to grow up with her. Mingling trouble with triumph, she offers homey images of rabbit stew alongside those of bread so coarse it cuts your throat open; and children who nearly freeze outside of newly-desegregated schools going on to achieve dreams of higher education despite police violence and intimidation. Bravely and beautifully, Scott declares that “trouble does not last.” American needs more stories like this one.”

Melissa Tantaquideon Zobel

Mohegan author, historian, and storyteller who serves as both the Medicine Woman and Tribal Historian for the Mohegan Tribe

EDUCATION

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FROM BLACK-OWNED BOOK STORES

       Adult Literature

  • Stamped from the Beginning (Ibram X. Kendi)
  • A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn)
  • White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo)
  • So you want to talk about race? (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • The Burning House (Anders Walker)
  • The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
  • The Condemnation of Blackness (Khalil Gibean Muhammad)
  • Dying of Whiteness (Jonathan Metzl)
  • A Different Mirror (Ronald Takaki)
  • How to be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)
  • Evicted (Matthew Desmond)
  • Nobody (Marc Lamont Hill)
  • Lies My Teachers Told Me (James W. Loewen)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (Beverly Daniel Tatum)
  • The Color of Law (Richard Rothestein)
  • Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy (Darryl Pinckney)

        Children’s Literature

  • Before She Was Harriet (Lesa Cline Ransome, James E. Ransome)
  • Dream Builder (Kelly Starling Lyons)
  • Sit In (Andrea Davis Pinkney)
  • I’ve Seen the Promise Land (Walter Dean Myers)
  • Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly (Walter Dean Myers)
  • Someday is Now (Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
  • Ruth and the Green Book (Calvin A. Ramsey)

Click here for more children’s books

Movies & Shows

  • The 13th
  • American Son
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Just Mercy
  • The Kalief Browder Story
  • Loving
  • Moonlight
  • The Murder of Fred Hampton
  • Reconstruction: America After the Civil War
  • Selma
  • When They See Us
  • Whose Streets?

In honor of Chadwick Boseman and his impact on social justice, on and off the screen. 

  • Black Panther
  • 42
  • Marshall

If you would like to learn more about being a part of the Sun’s initiatives to end racial inequality, click HERE

We are not soley responsible for curating all of these resources, so we want to thank the countless people working together to change the course of history.

This is a movement, not a moment, and taking action will help impact our community and world.