Last Updated on October 26, 2020 by ThoughtsStained
I hope you’re hanging in there and staying healthy. Please make sure you’re also paying extra special attention to your mental health, now that we’re nearing the day of the election. Continue to do the work, of course, but don’t forget to take care of yourself!
This month, of course, I’m sharing 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, 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.
Oh, and while I hope this doesn’t need to be said, let’s please keep the comments kind and constructive–though, please never hesitate to call me out if I’ve misstep, 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 Black 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.
- Where Will We Go by Abrahm Lustgarden for ProPublica
In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic has offered a test run on whether humanity has the capacity to avert a predictable — and predicted — catastrophe. Some countries have fared better. But the United States has failed. The climate crisis will test the developed world again, on a larger scale, with higher stakes. The only way to mitigate the most destabilizing aspects of mass migration is to prepare for it, and preparation demands a sharper imagining of where people are likely to go, and when.
- Climate Migration by ProPublica
- How U.S. Citizens can Support the Immigrant Community During Trump’s Attack by United We Dream
- Welcome to Chinatown, USA by Resy
- The Black Panthers are Still in Prison–After 46 years, will they ever be free? by The Guardian
- Support #EndSARS by Nicole Cardoza from Anti-Racist Daily
- When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle for The Bazaar
- Opal Tometi on the Ongoing Fight Against Police Brutality, From Nigeria to the U.S. from Vogue
Videos and Podcasts
Petitions to Sign
- Sign a petition to focus on dismantling Columbus Day and respecting and honoring Indigenous Peoples Day.
- Reach out to Congress to demand
- Passing the BREATHE Act, which would restructure current police funding and models to something focused more on protecting and helping Black lives without needing to involve the police
- Demand no SCOTUS Confirmation Until the Inauguration, which would stop Trump from rushing to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice before the election.
- Use Ballotpedia to look up sample election ballots so you can do your research NOW.
- Apply to be a poll worker on election day!
- Learn more about racial tax inequality by looking at tools like this interactive Form 1040
- Support Climate Justice groups like: the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Climate Justice Alliance, PODER, Environmental Transformation of Flint and Center for Earth Energy and Democracy.
- Take Action through RAICES to help support undocumented immigrants and protect their rights!
- Learn more about how to give money and where to fight for social justice.
- Check out In Solidarity, who “are passionate about building a better, stronger, more diverse outdoor industry.”
Places to Donate
- Master List of over 147 places to donate: I’m going to continue always sharing this link, so that you (and myself) always have this master list to reference. However, I’m going to try and highlight a few different places each month, as well as other other locations I’ve found that aren’t on this list.
- Check out the resources by activist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, which are listed on her website.
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
To Read For Fun
Thank you for taking the time to read through such a lengthy post. I hope some of these resources have been helpful for you! And, if you found something you enjoyed and learned something from, consider supporting that creator, whether it’s through sharing, donating to them, signing up for a mailing list, purchasing their works. It is important that we amplify and share Black voices, but also that we support them and pay them, especially when they are educating us about racism.