Welcome to the latest in my Allyship Check-In series! This series shares resources to help each of us live more antiracist lives. It contains articles, blog posts, multimedia, book recommendations, petitions and more.
This month focuses on two very big events happening right now: the war in Ukraine by the invaders Russia and the war in America against trans youth and adults against our government–particularly hellish Republicans. I hope you’re able to take some time to learn more about this issues and take a stand against them.
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.
On top of continuing to read the amazing work from the ARD team, I recently subscribed to two more newsletters: Ijeoma Oluo’s Beyond the Book, which is powerful, poignant and passionate, from every day life to addressing systematic failures to writing advice. I also subscribed The Prism‘s newsletter to get round-ups of their articles posted each week, as I really appreciate the work they are doing.
You’ll find samples from all three places (and more!) within the articles below. I hope you consider subscribing, as well!
(^^ I wrote this in last month’s Allyship Check-In, but I felt it important enough to repeat here!)
Articles and Blog Posts
Highlights from the ARD
- What Defunding the Police Actually Means by Nicole Cardoza
- Who Deserves War? Media Bias in a Conflict Zone by Andrew Lee
- Anti-Trans Tracker: What’s Going On and How Can You Help
- Unpacking Period Stigma with Pixar’s “Turning Red” by Dominique Stewart
Black Lives Matter
- Police don’t stop crime, but you wouldn’t know it from the news by Kinjo Kiema for Prism
- Black History Month 2022: We Need Action, Not Empty Celebration by Jameelah Nasheed for Teen Vogue
- Healthcare…Can’t Live With It…Can’t Live Without It by Ijeoma Oluo for Beyond the Book newsletter
- Ukrainians Living in the U.S. Watch Russia’s Invasion in Fear by Fortesa Latifi for Teen Vogue
- Here’s How You Can Help LGBTQ+ and Black Ukrainian Refugees by James Factora for Self
- Social justice advocates react to the State of the Union address by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- Why Police Officers Aren’t Held Accountable When They Kill People by Zoé Samudzi for Teen Vogue
- Advocates say Ukrainian refugees need a pathway to resettlement in the U.S. by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- In Texas, an unrelenting assault on trans rights is taking a mental toll by Rina Torchinsky for NPR
- Equality Act Would Extend Civil Rights Laws To LGBTQ People Throughout U.S. by Victoria Hansen for NPR
- Florida House passes ‘Stop WOKE Act’ to limit talks on race, gender, and discrimination in schools, workplaces by Shirin Ali for Changing America
- Idaho’s Proposed Ban on Trans Healthcare Could Jail Providers for Life by James Factora for them
- Texas parents speak out in defense of their trans kids by Montse Reyes for Prism
- Florida and Texas lawmakers are targeting queer and trans youth by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- As SCOTUS decision approaches, some states are enshrining the right to an abortion by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- Disney’s Public Reckoning Over LGBTQ+ Equality Has Been Years in the Making by Nico Lang for Time
- It’s not just money. This is what’s still driving the Great Resignation by Mark C. Crowley for Fast Company
Publishing and Book Banning
- BIPOC activists consider how to end book bans for good by Williesha Morris for Prism
Stop AAPI Hate
- AAPI community groups have received little government support since the Atlanta shootings by Natasha Ishak for Prism
- The Stop Asian Hate movement is at a crossroads by Li Zhou for Vox
Videos, Podcasts and Media
Below are a variety of multimedia that I’ve found to be particularly powerful and poignant.
Below is a selection of petitions that you can sign to help support one another. This month, there’s everything from: defunding the police, supporting Black individualism through acts like the CROWN Act, protecting trans youth and more.
Sign Your Name In Support of:
- Justice for Kenyairra Gadson, who has been imprisoned for homicide despite self defense against her abuser
- Add your voice in support of defunding and divesting from the current police model
- Continue to put pressure on Biden to cancel student loan debt
- Charging the only surviving accomplice in 66 year old Emmett Till open murder case
- Tell lawmakers that all youth in Idaho deserve access to medical care
- Help end hair discrimination in the workplace, schools, and pools by supporting the CROWN Act
- Add your name right now to call on city officials to stop more murders like Breonna Taylor’s.
- Urge Congress to protect Black Americans abroad and ensure the humane treatment of Refugees of Color
- Tell the Postmaster General: make postal banking a reality now
- Take the pledge to protect trans youth, via ACLU
- Support free menstrual products in California public bathrooms
- Demand the DOJ investigate the evidence against Donald Trump and the 2020 election
From protests to learning about various initiatives to learning more about groups doing antiracist work daily, there’s plenty of ways to get engaged this month!
- Use this list to find southern abortion funds that need your help
- Explore how to support Ukraine using the following resources:
- Help protect queer youth by utilizing the following resources:
- Donate to one of these organizations
- Learn more about Black Visions, a “Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence.”
- Please, please, please use this list of anti-trans legislation actions, curated the ARD, and complete as many as possible to fight against anti-trans legislation
- Join the “Banned Books Event,” featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Dr. Nikole Hannah-Jones and Nic Stone, to discuss book banning in America.
- Email your senators to help the CROWN act pass the Senate!
- Tell lawmakers to protect the waterways and stop Line 5.
- Take action by telling the CDC to save lives by ending Title 42.
As always, I like to highlight different organizations, movements and areas to support financially, if you’re able. Also, I decided, after getting an unexpected raise at work and redoing my finances, to commit to $20 a month to a different organization, for as long as it’s feasibly possible for me.
This month, I donated to an individual, rather than a group. I saw a friend share Teri’s GoFundMe, to help her complete her MFA. She’s only $2,000 away from her goal, so I wanted to help get her closer to it!
- Help Ukraine by donating to:
- Help the LGBTQIA+ community by donating to:
- Invest in AAPI mental health by supporting AAPI journalists
- Support the Rikers Public Memory Project: Oral History Archive and Multimedia Exhibit
- Help Teri cover a shortfall while she gets her MFA, a Black SFF writer who could use some support!
- Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers
- Support the work of the Asian American Advocacy Fund.
- Donate to any of the following menstrual equity organizations, as detailed by this article of the ARD: #HappyPeriod, The Period Pantry, No More Secrets MBS, and Flo Code.
If you want to go deeper than articles or blog posts, check out the non-fiction below. Then, check out fiction books by BIPOC and queer authors to enjoy.
- Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds, Sonja Cherry-Paul and Rachelle Baker
Thank you for reading and engaging with this latest Allyship Check-In post! I hope you learned something new, deepened your knowledge about important issues and found different ways to get involved: whether it’s through educating yourself, supporting important work financially or supporting individuals in their efforts by sharing their content.
I know it can seem daunting, with all of the hate and oppression currently going on in the world. But together, we can conquer it. I know we can.