Last Updated on September 26, 2022 by ThoughtsStained
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. These resources are curated by my own research and by sharing resources I’ve learned through, from various organizations, like: Anti-Racist Daily, Prism, The 19th and more. I hope this Allyship Check-In allows you to find something below that speaks to you!
Please consider supporting these organizations above. While I am simply linking up and sharing articles, they are the ones doing the work: the research, the reporting, the writing. Let’s support their work, especially financially, so they can continue to do it.
I started this Allyship Check-In “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.
This month’s Allyship Check-in is, as usual, heavy with reading material. This month, it includes: racism in fantasy stories, the importance of raising minimum wages, dealing with a post-Roe world and more.
Highlights from the ARD
- Critical Race Theory, Explained by Andrew Lee
- Elves, Dragons and the pushback Against Representation in Fantasy by Nicole Cardoza
- What should we be funding instead of the police? The ARD team has a great list of resources, to start.
- Weed More Popular Than Cigarettes for First Time on Record, Says Gallup by Lexi McMenamin for Teen Vogue
- How to organize safely in a post-Roe world by Reina Sultan for Prism
- AOC’s Fight for the Future by Wesley Lowery for GQ, with photography by Cruz Valdez
- The 19th Explains: Senate races we’re watching in 2022 by Amanda Becker for The 19th*
- Why Iranian women are risking everything by burning their hijabs by Jonathan Guyer for Vox
LGBTQIA+ Rights and Abortion Access
- How trans students — and their teachers — are dealing with a new school year and new laws by Orion Rummler for The 19th*
- Why Kansas’ Democratic governor isn’t talking about abortion on the campaign trail by Shefail Luthra for The 19th*
- High schools across the country launch first AP African American studies course by Meron Moges-Gerbl for CNN
- Public schools face challenges in keeping students in the classroom by Kio Herrera for Prism
- Higher pay, smaller class sizes, more special ed support: Why Seattle teachers are striking by Nadra Nittle for The 19th*
Other Miscellaneous Reads
- Book publishers just spent 3 weeks in court arguing they have no idea what they’re doing by Constance Grady for Vox
- In The Rings of Power, it’s not horrifying to be a woman by Rebecca Jennings for Vox
- The 19th Explains: Why the nursing shortage isn’t going away anytime soon by Mariel Padilla for The 19th*
Videos, Podcasts and Media
I’m trying to include more multimedia content within each Allyship Check-In, since I know not everyone enjoys articles like I do! Here’s what I engaged in this month:
- Check the Emancipator’s BookTalk event, featuring acclaimed historians Ibram X. Kendi and Peniel Joseph
- Or, check out their YouTube page, where they also have livestreamed events!
- Watch this student debt cancellation webinar
Now that we spent the first part of this Allyship Check-In becoming informed, now it’s time to take action. Here’s a selection of petitions you can sign and make your voice heard.
Sign Your Name In Support of:
- Teachers, you can pledge to Teach the Truth about history, including about the roles of racism, sexism and other oppressive systems
- Demanding safe water, especially in Hawai’i
- Speak up against killing Iranian Women #MahsaAmini
- Demand Gov. Newsom that he sign #AB2183 to help protect California farmworkers
On top of learning and signing petitions, I always want to include ways within my Allyship Check-In to get even further engaged. Find ways to deepen your involvement and support those groups, people and initiatives below already doing this work!
- Learn more about the Zinn Education Project’s teaching initiative, which strives to “to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula”
- Check out The Emancipator’s “The Talk” series, exploring the different discussions parents must have to keep their children safe
- Learn from the book I’ve Got Your Back by Jorge Arteaga and Emily May, creators of Right to Be, to learn more about bystander intervention
- Purchase a book from a prison wishlist, as part of Raven Bookstore’s Liberation Lit
As always, I like to highlight different organizations, movements and areas to support financially in each Allyship Check-in, if you’re able. Also, I decided 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 air conditioning drive for classrooms that lack it (linked below).
- Support those who are suffering from flooding in Pakistan (another source to donate here and here)
- Help a teacher provide air conditioning in their classroom
- Donate to Black Trans Groups
- Abdorrahman Boroumand Center: donate to help “continue our documentation of human rights abuses in Iran”
- Support the Ignyte Awards, completely donated based
If you want to go deeper than articles or blog posts collected in this month’s Allyship Check-in, look no further! Check out the non-fiction below to learn more and dive deeper. Then, read, buy and promote the fiction books by BIPOC and queer authors–or, share your own recommendations in the comments.
- Check out this booklist, curated by the ARD, for books on colonization and imperialism, as well as this booklist on diverse fantasy stories
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. We have to.
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