Welcome back to another installment of the monthly, allyship check-in! This month, I have loads of content to share. I hope you’re able to find something that resonates, learn something new and find ways to become more educated and take action today!
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 (the ARD), 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 BIPOC 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.
Since articles are my main focus when it comes to learning and sharing, I broke it up by broader categories, to make reading a little easier. Plus, this also allows you to find specific causes and interests quickly! I also highlighted my favorite articles from the ARD at the bottom this month.
- Justice System
- Why the Kyle Rittenhouse ‘not guilty’ verdict is not a surprise to legal experts by Becky Sullivan for NPR
- The Biden administration is suing Texas over its new voting law by Ashley Lopez for NPR
- Ahmaud Arbery Should Be Alive by Jamil Smith for Rolling Stone
- Work Culture
- Is it Self-Care, or is it Capitalism? by Ijeoma Oluo on Ijeoma Oluo’s Behind the Book newsletter
- Trauma At The Workplace, What To Do About It by Garen Staglin for Harvard Business Review
- Building a workforce equity agenda starts with dismantling white supremacy by Marie Kurose and Bob Giloth for Prism
- On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant by David Graeber for STRIKE! Magazine
- This Antiwork Subreddit is Watching the Great Resignation by Lexi McMenamin for Teen Vogue
- Social Media
- Facebook Log Out Campaign Aims to Hold Social Media Companies Accountable For Protecting Users by Jelani Drew-Davi for Teen Vogue
- LGBTQIA+ Rights
- 2021 is the deadliest year on record for transgender and nonbinary people by Casey Parks for Washington Post
- Gaming Industry
- Everything That Has Happened Since The Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Was Filed by Zack Zwiezen for Kotaku
- How to Make Holiday Celebrations More Inclusive by Dori Meinert for SHRM
- Want To Have Better Conversations About Racism With Your Parents? Here’s How by Sarah McCammon for NPR
- How White People Can Talk to Each Other about Disrupting Racism by Maddy Allison for Do Something
- How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism by Elly Belle for Teen Vogue
- Anti-Racist Daily (ARD) Articles
Videos, Podcasts and Media
Wow, I actually have multimedia to share this month! Check it out below:
- Valarie Kaur: 3 Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage TedTalk
- Listen to this interview with author Nikole Hannah-Jones on how we view history
- Watch the new music video, “I am a Patriot,” urges officials to drop all charges against water protectors supporting stopping Line 3 (and sign the petition below!)
- Subscribe to the ARD’s new YouTube channel, Anti-Racism Daily
- Watch “Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective”
- Nikki Sanchez: Decolonization is for Everyone TedTalk
- 2021 National Day of Mourning Livestream
Make a difference
- Tell Congress: Pass the Martha Wright-Reed Act and Keep Families Connected
- Sign the Emergency Appeal for Climate Action
- Demand the new jail in Santa Clara be stopped
- Write to Congress in support of weatherizing low income homes
- Tell Biden to release the memo so he can cancel student debt
- Demand Wisconsin Political Leaders: Protect Racial Justice Protestors
- Tell Attorney General Ellison & Gov. Walz: Drop the Charges Against Water Protectors
- Demand Congress Pass the Martha Wright-Reed Prison Phone Justice Act
Practice antiracism to make an impact
- Join the Good Ancestor Podcast and Book Club, hosted by Layla F. Saad
- Support EmbraceRace, an organization geared to helping teach children about race
- Also, use this ARD list to help find books for your kids on race!
- IllumiNative advocates for accurate teaching of Native and Indigenous history in Education. Support their mission!
- Sign up to volunteer for DVcon, a two-day virtual conference for underrepresented and marginalized peoples in publishing.
- Fill out this interest form to learn more about Survivor’s Sanctuary, a new online space for survivors of sexual assault to heal
- Learn more about climate change and its affect on preventable, cold-related deaths
- Check if your state still allows the death penalty and contact your Congress members, if it does.
- Use this list of volunteer organizations to get more involved in you state.
- Continue Advocacy for Provisions that help Backlogged Immigrants to be added to Budget Recon
- Sign up for M4BL newsletter, the Tea
- Learn from The Anti-Racist Educator
- Support Mahogany Books, a Black owned bookstore
- Sign up for the ARD newsletter
- Donate to a local food pantry
I hope you all find some new books to help engage even further in antiracism–not to mention a wonderful selection of books to read for fun that support BIPOC authors!
- Me and White Supremacy: Young Readers Edition by Layla F. Saad
- See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur
- Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families by Lori L. Tharps
- Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown
- Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke
- Any and all books by Brené Brown
Thank you for reading this month’s installment of the Allyship Check-In! With only one more month to go in 2021 and in full swing of the hecticness of the holidays, I hope these resources help you build the practice of antiracism into your daily life. I look forward to sharing more next month!