At Rozzie Bound, we believe that BLACK LIVES MATTER. We are grieving the loss of George Floyd and all people of color who have lost their lives to police violence and systemic racism. We also know that it is not sufficient to be rhetorically anti-racist, that we must take concrete actions to dismantle White supremacy and systems of racial and economic oppression in this country. As a bookstore, we believe one way we can to do this is to give readers access to books about racism and efforts to fight racism and create more equitable society.

One of the first online bookshelves we created on Bookshop was our Racial Justice Bookshelf. It was initially created to offer books being read by local organizations doing anti-racism work, including Roslindale IS for Everyone (RISE)Friends of the Roslindale Branch LibraryFirst Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist. Books included How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry, and The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania Davis.

We are proud to announce that all of our proceeds from the Racial Justice Bookshelf with be donated to our newest Community Partner: the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. This highly respected non-profit is “a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.” During the last two decades, the Peace Institute “has developed the best practices in the field of homicide response… and become the go-to community-based agency when a homicide happens” in Boston. 

The Peace Institute offers the following to community-based organizations, providers, city and state agencies, faith leaders, educators, other public health, public safety and mental health officials, and institutional stakeholders:

  • Training on every aspect of coordinated, consistent and compassionate homicide response, both in the immediate aftermath and over the long-term;
  • Technical assistance on creating equitable and effective homicide response protocols, increasing inter-agency collaboration, establishing and maintaining survivors and providers networks, working with Victim Compensation locally and nationally, and improving cultural competence to respond to the diverse population of homicide victim survivors;
  • Evaluation of current practices and protocols with recommendations to improve; and
  • Publications available for purchase.

We are incredibly honored and humbled to add the Peace Institute as our newest Community Partner. We encourage you to learn more by visiting their website, supporting their annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, and following them on Twitter @LDBpeaceInst and on Facebook.

You can also learn more about their work by reading, Always in my Heart: A Workbook for Grieving Children by Clementine Chery, which is available for purchase on Lulu.