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 since.
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: restricting knowledge and the attacks on libraries, the rise of fascism in America, the continued attacks against Trans and queer folx, and more.
- Trump’s charges are about business records. They’re also about how he treats women. by Barbara Rodriguez and Mel Leonor Barclay for The 19th
- Even when women make more than their husbands, they are doing more child care and housework by Chabeli Carrazana for The 19th
- Florida’s Top LGBTQ+ Organization Issued a Travel “Advisory Warning” for the State by Samantha Riedel for Them
- A Nebraska Senator Has Spent Seven Straight Weeks Filibustering an Anti-Trans Bill by James Factora for Them
- Missouri House Republicans want to defund libraries. Here’s why by Gabrielle Hayes for PBS News Hour
- New restrictions in Missouri would make gender-affirming care nearly impossible by Orion Rummler for The 19th
- The Authoritarian Agenda in 2023 Has One Clear Aim: LGBTQ+ Censorship by JD Shadel for Them
LGBTQIA+ Rights and Abortion Access
- U.S. Lawmakers Reintroduce Trans Bill of Rights Ahead of Transgender Day of Visibility from Democracy Now
- Democrats Reintroduce Federal Trans Bill of Rights as GOP Tries to Advance Restrictions by Orion Rummler for Them
- Everything That Happened in Anti-Trans Legislation: March 25 – April 1 by TransFormations Project, hosted on Them
- Trans people are taking care of their own by Makaelah Walters for Prism
- Many LGBTQ+ Americans Are Unable to Pay Bills, Keep Savings or Hold Bank Accounts, Survey Shows by Orion Rummler for Them
- Everything That Happened In Anti-Trans Legislation This Week: April 8-14 by the Trans Formations Project, featured on Them
- Colorado Passed Three “Shield Laws” Protecting Abortion and Gender-Affirming Care by Samantha Riedel for Them
- Florida bill would bring bans on gender studies and critical race theory to colleges and universities by Nadra Nittle for The 19th
- Bathroom Bans: How Trans Students Can Organize for Bathroom Access at Their Schools by Lexi McMenamin, Quispe López and Wren Sanders for Them
- Anti-trans sports bans would violate Title IX under proposed Education Department rule by Orion Rummler for The 19th
COVID and Ableism
- In Defense of Extending the U.S. Pandemic Response by Dominique Stewart for The ARD
- Biden Hands the Covid Response to the Private Market, Endangering Us All by Artie Vierkant and Beatrice Adler-Bolton for In These Times
- Death by a Thousand Words: COVID-19 and the Pandemic of Ableist Media by Imani Barbarin for Refinery29
Other Miscellaneous Reads
- Planning for the Future in the Age of Aquarius by Sara Danver in her newsletter, How to Save the Democracy, and Other Stories
- The Covert Ageism in Excusing Elders’ Prejudices by Andrew Lee for The ARD
- Americans want change on guns. It could shape the 2024 election by Errin Haines for The 19th
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:
- Join Us In Holding The Gun Industry Accountable
- Demand to keep masks in healthcare
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!
- Read The Combahee River Collective Statement, published in (1977)
- Learn more about the student-led walk out in Florida, to protest the attacks against the trans and queer community
- Listen to the first three episodes of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equity podcast, hosted by TransLash Media!
- Watch this video about “organized abandonment” from the government
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 TransFormations KC.
- Support trans lives by donating to any of the following groups: TransFormations, Transgender Law Center and Point of Pride.
- The Innocence Project: donate to “Be a part of the Innocence Project’s groundbreaking work to free innocent people and transform the legal system”
- Social Equity Through Education Alliance: “Walkout 2 Learn (April 21st, 2023) is a 501(c)(3) statewide activation organized to produce immediate tangible benefits for every participant. With over 100 high schools, every HBCU, and 90% of Florida’s colleges bought-in so far, W2L is projected to be Florida’s largest student-led protest of all time.”
- Donate to support Ralph Yarl’s recovery.
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.
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist by Sesali Bowen
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!
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