We encourage all members of the Martinos community to listen to the POC voices being amplified on social media and discuss these events with each other. Racism, brutality, and hostility towards the Black community remains after news coverage fades. The responsibility is on those with more privilege and power to learn how to be proactive allies — WiS commits to continuing this work, and we hope you will join us.
Things to watch:
- I Am Not Your Negro (on Netflix)
- 13th (on Netflix)
Books to Read*:
- How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- James Baldwin (you could literally pick anything of his, here is a nice little letter https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/11/17/letter-from-a-region-in-my-mind)
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
*when possible, we have linked purchasing options to a local, black-owned bookseller
Articles to Read:
- How Minneapolis, One of America’s Most Liberal Cities, Struggles With Racism
- Community Centered Strategies on Limiting Police Use of Force
- Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us
- 26 Ways To Be In The Struggle Beyond The Streets
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Organizations to consider donating to:
- Campaign Zero – Advocates for policy solutions and provides insights backed by research and community efforts
- The Bail Project – Combats mass incarceration and advocates for bail reform by addressing racial and economic disparities within the system.
- Black Visions Collective – A black, trans, & queer-led social justice organization and fund (Based in Minneapolis/St.Paul)
- Black Life Matter – Their mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund – LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
- ACLU – https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police/say-her-name-recognizing-police-brutality-against-black
- LGBTQ Fund – Works against discimination and mass incarceration as an LGBTQ+ issue
- Massachusetts Based Bail Fund
- Bail Fund List – A good opportunity to direct donations to some funds that have gotten less media attention but are no less in need of support.
- National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program – They provide Know Your Rights training, advice for protest organizers, legal observers at protests, and support and legal defense for people arrested at protests.
- Some shareable lists circulating the internet:
- Books, articles, organizations from the anti racism project: https://www.antiracismproject.org/resources
- Articles, including addressing whiteness, health + pandemics, healing for WOC: https://www.rachelricketts.com/antiracism-resources
- Anti-racism resources specifically for white people:
- Core concepts of race and racism