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. I started this series in 2020 and am very glad I’ve kept up with it for two years.
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, them and more. I hope this Allyship Check-In allows you to find something below that speaks to you!
Also, 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, the editing, the labor.
Let’s support their work, especially financially, so they can continue to do it.
This month’s Allyship Check-in is, as usual, heavy with reading material. This month, it includes: police brutality, workers rights and strikes, queer mental health and more.
- McCarthy elected House speaker in rowdy post-midnight vote by Lisa Mascaro and Farnoush Amiri for AP
- Twitter’s meltdown isn’t a punchline for disabled communities by Vilissa Thompson for Prism
- How a Supreme Court Case Could Threaten Workers’ Rights by Andrew Lee for The ARD
- Missouri State House’s Dress Code for Women Becomes Stricter by Kelly Rissman for Teen Vogue
- North Dakota Could Jail Librarians Who Don’t Comply with Anti-LGBTQ+ Book Bans by James Factora for Them
- New Year, New Existential Crisis Created by Republican Extremism by Sara Danver in her newsletter, How to Save Democracy, and Other Stories
- Why Reform Falls Short in Stopping Police Violence by Dominique Stewart for The ARD
LGBTQIA+ Rights and Abortion Access
- A New Oklahoma Bill Will Attempt to Criminalize Trans Care for Adults by Samantha Riedel for them
- Some Trans People Are Preparing to Flee the US and Seek Asylum Abroad by Anya Zoledziowski for Vice
- State laws restricting rights of LGBTQ+ youth are hurting their mental health, poll shows by Orion Rummler for The 19th
- ‘Historic’ University of California union deal leaves marginalized graduate student workers behind by Brenton Zola for Prism
- Florida blocks high school African American studies class by Anthony Izaguierre for AP News
Fatphobia and Body Positivity
Other Miscellaneous Reads
- In 2022, the workers’ rights movement continued to grow by Lara Witt for Prism
- HarperCollins debut authors say they won’t work with strikebreaking editors by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- Olivia Dunne’s rise to fame is fueling the earning power of college athletes — but who is keeping her safe? by Jennifer Gerson for The 19th
- Ableism Enables All Forms of Inequity and Hampers All Liberation Efforts by George Tracy for Truthout
- Kansas City Police Dismissed a Black News Site’s Reports of Missing Women. Then One Showed Up. by Christina Carrega for CaptialB
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:
On top of learning and signing petitions, I always want to include ways within this Allyship Check-In series to get even further engaged.
Find ways to deepen your involvement and support those groups, people and initiatives below already doing this work!
As always, I like to highlight different organizations, movements and areas to support financially in each Allyship Check-in, if you’re able. For 2023, I’ve decided to continue what I did in 2022. Therefore, I’ll commit to $20 a month to a different organization, for as long as it’s feasibly possible for me.
This month, I donated once again to the Harper Union Strike Fund to help support striking workers continue to stay on strike until their demands are met.
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.
- Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness by De’shaun L. Harrison
- Friday I’m In Love by Cameryn Garrett (and here’s why)
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.
These posts are always my least viewed. But I hope they continue to be helpful for those who do engage in this work. And, maybe, those who haven’t started will be encouraged to!