This resource center for wine country businesses was created by the WVWA’s Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) Task Force. Suggestions/submissions? Email us!
New: Have you looked at the online resources in the DEBI toolkit and thought “where do I even start?” We've now indexed articles, videos, essays, books and movies by time commitment!
GOT A FEW MINUTES?
If you have been meaning to get started but are running short on time here are a few resources you can digest in increments of 10 minutes or less.
Local NAACP chapters also provide resources for organizations and non-profits to use; Oregon branches listed here
Equity at the Table (EATT) Primarily restaurant-focused, but there is a segment for vintners and wine professionals as well
Articles and Blog Posts
INTERESTED IN A DEEPER DIVE?
Here are a few longer-form programs, podcasts and articles.
Scene on Radio episodes:
Black-Owned Wineries to Support
Black-Owned Businesses (beyond wine industry)
WANT TO BE MORE REGULARLY INFORMED?
Follow these accounts, organizations and publications.
Wine Professionals of Color to Follow on Instagram
Organizations Working on Racial Justice
For reference: Black Lives Matter–vetted “how to help” carrd: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
WVWA DEBI Book Club
We are excited to announce the launch of the WVWA Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) Book Club. In this online community fostered by the WVWA DEBI Task Force, WVWA members will connect with each other and enjoy books from a range of genres. Our first book will be How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Join the book club.
WANT TO DISCUSS AND LEARN IN COMMUNITY?
Consider signing up for one of our month-long Anti-Racism study groups, lay-led by members of the Willamette Valley Winery Association community. Our next series will run in March 2021. Sign up here!
WANT TO GET INVOLVED AS A LEADER?
The Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion taskforce may be in need of help to continue offering trainings, internship support, and other resources to assist in the ongoing evolution of the WVWA community to be more welcoming and inclusive. Contact Bill Sweat or Jessica Mozeico to find out where you are needed.
MESSAGING SUGGESTIONS FOR WINE COUNTRY BUSINESSES
Keep in mind…
- Racism is not new and systemic inequalities have always existed in the United States (especially in Oregon)
- People of color have been trying to draw attention to these problems for a very long time
- The bar (not being racist) is very low; simply declaring that you are not racist is not a PR tactic
- Don’t post anything on which you can’t follow through: ask yourself if what you are saying is actionable, and if you were asked about it six months from now, what you would have to show for it?