If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out our first round-up; it offers a lot of solid foundational information on how to start your journey towards being a good ally. (It is a journey, so get ready to put in the work.) Additionally, here’s last week’s round-up. This week we continue with important things to read and do in the fight for racial justice:
If you haven’t already, bookmark this DMV protest resource guide.
And don’t forget to submit testimony to #DefundDCPolice by June 16th (tomorrow)!!! Here is an explanation from Freedom Fighters DC.
Here’s a two-page anti-racist checklist from Robin DiAngelo, adapted from Dr. John Raible’s 2009 work.
Tune in today at 1 pm ET for our “Do You Qualify as an Ally—Especially Now” webinar led by @JillGeisler.
Being an ally right now — during a period of reckoning on racial justice and the ongoing pandemic — is more important than ever. Register: https://t.co/J8tBPOjjnj
— Power Shift Project (@powershiftpro) June 15, 2020
“White Homework is a podcast for people wanting to learn about antiracism, the non-revised version of American history, and how to leverage privilege to create a more equitable world for all.” Listen to all eight episodes here.
“According to a 2013 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, trans people are seven times more likely to experience police violence and physical violence from law enforcement than cis people. The report also found that trans people of color specifically were six times more likely to experience police violence than white cis-gender people.” Here are 32 Black-led trans and queer rights organizations to support right now via Bustle.
Here’s another good free download from Verso; if you have the means to donate the cost, they’re asking that you consider Black Visions Collective.
“Allyship is a process, and everyone has more to learn. Allyship involves a lot of listening. Sometimes, people say ‘doing ally work’ or ‘acting in solidarity with’ to reference the fact that ‘ally’ is not an identity, it is an ongoing and lifelong process that involves a lot of work.” Here’s a massive trove of resources via Dismantle Collective.
“While many have good intentions, he said true allyship — supporting black businesses, deeply exploring personal bias and ferreting out ways that white privilege contributes to persistent racism — must happen in order to genuinely stand in solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed.” The Oakland Press on how this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Creatives for Black Lives is looking for people to donate their services (photography, writing, graphic design, videography, etc.) to organizations fighting for racial justice. Want to get involved? More information here.
“Beyond taking the time to educate yourself about institutional racism in this country, you can also let your money talk for you sometimes.” Inside Hook gives a list of DC Black-owned businesses to support right now.
You can also spend local and support social justice through Carbonado’s new campaign, #BLACKEATSDMV, which aims to publicize over 300 Black-owned eateries in the DMV area and raise money for Movement for Black Lives. Check out the details and the PDF guide here.
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As I and other Black people express what we need from our allies–what works or what doesn't–some allies get tense and defensive. I think I know why, and I have some ideas on how to move through that. If it resonates for you or you know someone struggling with this, feel free to share. 💕