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: the horrid politics happening in Florida, attacks on trans rights and more.
- Police killings are public executions by William C. Anderson for Prism
- Some Florida Teachers Are Removing Books from Classrooms Due to New State Law by Abby Monteil for Them
- What we learned this week about the state of the 2024 presidential race by Errin Haines for The 19th
- Biden administration releases first-ever report on diversity in federal government by Sara Luterman and Kate Sosin for The 19th
- Defending Democracy Through Elections Won’t Be Enough to Stop Fascism by Spencer Beswick for Truthout
- How Officials Failed East Palestine Long Before the Derailment by Dominique Stewart for The ARD
LGBTQIA+ Rights and Abortion Access
- As a Queer Floridian, New College Was My Haven. Now, DeSantis is Trying to Destroy It by Sam Greenspan for Them
- Republicans have introduced over 120 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills in the new year by Alexandra Martinez for Prism
- Kansas Republicans Want to Legally Ban Trans Women from Female-Designated Public Spaces by Mathew Rodriguez for Them
- 2023 wave of bills is fueling a political ‘war against LGBTQ+ people,’ new report shows by Orion Rummler for The 19th
- Reimagining the university through an abolitionist lens by Khirad Siddiqui for Prism
- College Board’s revised AP African American studies course draws new criticism by Giulia Heyward and Juma Sei for NPR
- College Board AP African American Studies Clash Brings Organization Under New Scrutiny by Mary Retta for Teen Vogue
- Florida University Students Plan Mass Walkout to Protest DeSantis “Destroying Our Schools” by Samantha Riedel for Them
Fatphobia and Body Positivity
Other Miscellaneous Reads
- A 1993 family and medical leave law was supposed to be just the start. Thirty years later, not much has changed. by Mel Leonor Barclay and Grace Panetta for The 19th
- As People Return to Offices, It’s Back to Misery for America’s Working Moms by Alana Semuels for Time
- The Environmental Movement’s Silence on Cop City Police Killing by Yessenia Funes for Atmos
- Fact-Checking in the Age of Misinformation by Anmol Irfan for The ARD
- Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice by Walidah Imarisha for Bitch Media
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!
- Learn more about intersectionality from Kimberlé Crenshaw’s essay, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” read here
- Use Awa by Beloved to do a free equity audit of your workplace
- Explore how to overcome “diversity fatigue“
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 to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund (linked below), as encouraged by this ARD call.
- Community Movement Builders: is a “Black member-based collective of community residents and activists serving Black working-class and poor Black communities,” currently helping to lead the fight against cop city.
- Atlanta Solidarity Fund: “we provide support for people who are arrested at protests, or otherwise prosecuted for their movement involvement,” currently especially those protesting copy city.
- Support the family of Brianna Gray as they grieve her tragic death.
- Use this helpful LinkTree to support important recent issues, including victims of the earthquake in Turkyie and Syria and the Ohio Train Derailments.
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.
- White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race by Gloria Wekker
- Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us by Alison Mariella Désir
- Also check out this list of Black Literature, curated by guest writers for the 19th
- Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by adrienne marie brown and Walidah Imarisha
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!