Here is the latest allyship check-in post, with a round up of resources, reads and responses to help you stay engaged in the lifelong work of dismantling white supremacy.
I started this “series” of blog posts in 2020 to share more resources to help with each of our own anti-racist journeys. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that many of the resources I’m linking down below come from the hard work of those on the Anti-Racist Daily team, to which I subscribe for daily email updates. Many of the readings, actions and donation links come from what I learn from their articles. As such, I have become a monthly patreon donor, because you need to pay BIPOC people for the work they do in helping dismantle racism, not just take what you can for free. I hope you consider subscribing and supporting them, too, especially if you are a white reader.
Like I mentioned before, while a lot of these resources are tied and focused to the Black Lives Matter movement, I have started to incorporate other resources about more global events, as well.
Please keep the comments kind and constructive–though, please never hesitate to call me out if I’ve misstepped, if you are comfortable doing that emotional labor you shouldn’t have to do in the first place. I appreciate your assistance in helping me learn and continue to grow into the actual ally I want to be.
Last caveat: I listed a bunch of resources, because I hope you will click on the links and listen to the Black voices who are speaking up, instead of hearing my take. I’m using this as a space to amplify their voices–not add my own commentary to the mix.
- Why Colombia’s protests are unlikely to fizzle out by BBC News
- Addressing Anti-Asian Attacks With Transformative Justice by Michelle Kim for yes!
- Demand Global Vaccine Justice by Andrew Lee for Anti-Racism Daily
- U.S. Vaccine Hoarding is Alienating the World by Mihir Sharma for Bloomburg
- Understanding Antisemitism: An Offering to Our Movement by Jews For Racial and Economic Justice (JRFE)
- The Forgotten History of the Jewish, Anti-Zionist Left by Sarah Lazare for In These Times
- I’m Tired of Trying to Educate White People About Anti-Asian Racism by Nicole Chung for Time
- The Cost of Remediation by Nia Norris for Anti-Racism Daily
- Related: Good School, Rich School; Bad School, Poor School by Alana Semuels for The Atlantic
- Centering Critical Race Theory in the Fight for Justice this Juneteenth by Aliya Brown for Common Justice
- More Police is Not the Answer by D’Angelo Cameron for Common Justice
- What Is Climate Justice? A Framework for Understanding the World by Jacqui Germain for Teen Vogue
- The dream of thriving in academia is still a nightmare for many Black professors by D. Watkins for Salon
Videos and Podcasts
Petitions to Sign
- Add your name to fight against policy violence.
- #JusticeforRayshard: File Charges Against the Officers who murdered Rayshard Brooks
- Demand equal funding for public schools
- Explore legislation affecting LGBTQIA+ rights across the country
- Learn about and support the efforts of CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth
- Follow and support Mariame Kabe’s work, including Prison Culture and reading/sharing Against Punishment: A Resource by Project NIA and Interrupting Criminalization
- Learn more from leaders like Danielle Sered, including the blog for Community Voices
- Follow the readings and guides of the “Trump Syllabus 2.0” by N.D.B. Connolly and Keisha N. Blain to learn about the American History that led to his election
- Share resources like We R Native for Indigenous people as more information and bodies are discovered from residential schools
Places to Donate
- Master List of over 147 places to donate: I’m going to continue always sharing this link, so that you (and myself) always have this master list to reference. However, I’m going to try and highlight a few different places each month, as well as other other locations I’ve found that aren’t on this list.
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lord
- The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change by Michelle Mijung Kim
- We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America by D. Watkins
To Read For Fun
To make up for the fact that I seriously forgot to add any books last month, here’s a solid list for this month of many new releases!
- Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
- A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
- Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
- The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
Don’t forget to look not just at the problems at your home, but the problems around the world. Below is list of resources that is a great place to start for many different issues: