Last Updated on October 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
- A congressman’s insult highlights the misogyny women in the climate movement face by Jessica Kutz for The 19th
- Abled-Bodied Leftists Cannot Abandon Disabled Solidarity to “Move On” From COVID by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha for Truthout
- Students and scholars — from Tehran to Los Angeles — want justice after Mahsa Amini’s death by Nadra Nittle for The 19th
- Can Cheri Beasley build a winning coalition in North Carolina? by Candice Norwood for The 19th
- Five States Are Voting Whether to Outlaw Slavery (Yep, You Read That Right) by Christina Carrega for Capital B
- How the results of Oregon’s historic three-woman race for governor could reshape the state by Orion Rummler for The 19th
LGBTQIA+ Rights and Abortion Access
- Over half of LGBTQ+ Americans are bisexual. Many don’t feel safe being out at work. by Orion Rummler for The 19th
- Health care for transgender adults remains legal, but states are quietly trying to limit access by Orion Rummler for the 19th
- The new abortion rights spokesmen: Dudes, dads, and plumbers by Rachel M. Cohen for Vox
- What’s in the so-called Don’t Say Gay bill that could impact the whole country by Laurel Wamsley for NPR
- Abortion rights are at the forefront of midterm elections this November by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- Amid funding cuts and unsatisfactory working conditions, educator unions strike back by Maryam Noor for Prism
Other Miscellaneous Reads
- Most Americans believe #MeToo has changed the climate around workplace sexual misconduct by Jennifer Gerson for The 19th
- The women behind #MeToo, 5 years later: Tarana Burke, Ellen Pao, and Gretchen Carlson on what has and hasn’t changed by Maria Aspan, Erika Fey, Emma Hinchliffe and Beth Kowitt for Fortune
- Angelina Jolie Is Already Getting the Amber Heard Treatment After Accusing Brad Pitt of Abuse by Kylie Cheung for Jezebel
- The astounding impact and reach of long Covid, in numbers and charts by Alvin Chang for The Guardian
- We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in Reaction GIFs by Lauren Michele Jackson for Teen Vogue
- Your Land Acknowledgment Is Not Enough by Joseph Pierce for Hyperallergic
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:
- Listen to this podcast series, People Over Plastics, hosted by Prism
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.
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!
- Attend “Black Media: Reflecting on the Past and Reimagining the Future is a day-long symposium created to highlight Black media professionals and their innovative and important work in the journalism, PR, marketing, advertising, and film industries,” hosted by Boston College
- Learn more about the Landback initiative, through The Prism’s three part Landback series
- What native land are you currently living on? Use this tool to find out.
- Sign up for the ARD’s “Overcoming DEI Fatigue” workshop!
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 the Book League Program Watch, founded to “founded to promote literacy in the K-12 population and among students of underserved communities.”
- Use these resources to help with various disaster relief efforts, as collected and shared originally in this article from the ARD team:
- Support the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (ABC), a center for Human Rights in Iran.
- Donate to Read for Pixels this October, to help support stopping violence against women
- Support Queer Crescent’s Muslim Fund for Bodily Autonomy
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.
- The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
- Big Chicas Don’t Cry by Annette Chavez Macias
- Meet Me Halfway by Anika Fajardo
- You Only Live Once, David Bravo by Mark Oshiro
- Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong
- Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution by Kacen Callendar
- Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra
Looking for a place to buy the above? May I recommend one of the Latinx-owned bookstores that Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense put together?
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.