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:
“The truth is, genuine allyship is not kindness, it is not a charitable act, nor is it even a personal commitment to hold anti-racist ideals – it is a fall from grace. Real allyship enacted by White Americans, with a clear objective to make equitable the lived experiences of individuals across racial lines, means a willingness to lose things.” Kelsey Smoot speaks on what actual allyship will entail for The Guardian.
“So just think of petitions as a first step. They work best when they work in tandem with other efforts — calls to a mayor’s office, city council testimonies, petition deliveries, social media movements.” Signing online petitions is a start, but not enough.
“We are sick and tired of being sick and tired of no significant progress in mitigating racial inequality and systemic injustices in America. At the same time, as people who are minorities in the tech space, we feel personally responsible to not only educate our fellow minorities but to develop solutions that bring justice to all people as well.” Join Minority Programmers’ Hackathon starting July 6th.
Dee Rees’ Pariah is screening for free on Focus Features’ Facebook at 5pm ET today // highly recommended watch.
“The majority of the work has to be done by the people who hold the most power. It’s going to mean conceding a lot of shit. It’s going to feel really uncomfortable, but it’s not going to feel as fucking uncomfortable as being on the other side.” Widely applicable statement, but also if you’re specifically involved in the dance music scene, this is an extra-important read from them.
Here is a toolkit for repealing the “WalkingWhileTrans” Ban.
Here are some active steps to take to achieve justice for Elijah McClain – donate to his mother’s GoFundMe, and email and call Aurora officials.
“The nation is used to failing Black girls and women. It always has. Their deaths deserve no less fire and fury than those of Black men and white women, and affecting change means also challenging the more discreet forms of violence they face. But the country cannot help those who it fails to see or hear or name.” Gabrielle Bellot writes “When Will Black Women See Justice?” for The Cut.
“Growing up, police dramas were my favorite genre to watch. But the stories they told were always at odds with the world I lived in.” Jordan Calhoun writes for The Atlantic in “Saying Goodbye to ‘Law & Order’”.
Locally speaking, tomorrow (Tuesday 6/30 at 2pm ET) you can attend DC WALKING WITH ANGELS GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS WALK 2PM, which starts at Anacostia Park, and ends at The Fridge.
And support DC-based Makers Lab, which builds and supports LGBTQ communities by creating zero proof/sober spaces that celebrate life, art and queer culture.
Featured photo by Clay Banks