We Take Care of Us – How BIPOC Communities Have Taken Action Toward Community Support
To safeguard themselves from the impact of displacement, BIPOC communities have historically carved out spaces of support through cultural hubs, community gardens, community care systems, social clubs, and more. These culturally responsive spaces allow BIPOC individuals to feel connected with their communities, maintain physical and psychological safety, and gather together for times of joy and celebration. Cultural hubs often include restaurants that serve foods that may remind individuals of traditional family meals and practices, play music that helps individuals connect to past traditions, and offer opportunities to speak in a shared language. Community events may often include music, dancing, art, and other creative arts that are rooted in cultural traditions and practices. Furthermore, these cultural hubs serve as a point of entry for newly arrived individuals and a way to connect back to their culture.
BIPOC communities have also sought connection with one another and built sustainable systems of support through practices such as mutual aid, community health clinics, cooperative businesses, activism, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.