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*THIS PAGE IS (kind of always) UNDER CONSTRUCTION :: Most recent update : 6/12/20*
You’ll find on this page LINKS AND RESOURCES (often already compiled guides) in dealing with immediate and ongoing resistance work, political, social justice and human rights issues. There are also TOOLS and SYLLABI below. We aim to keep these resources easily accessible, clear, and readily available and shareable. When we find compiled resources we often eliminate others to reduce redundancy and confusion.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with links, resources, or any suggestions for this guide, or if you’d like to volunteer to help update and maintain it.
RESPONDING NOW: SPECIAL RESOURCES
ABOLITION, BUDGET JUSTICE / DEFUND THE POLICE, BLACK [AND BLACK TRANS]LIVES MATTER, DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY, INTERSECTIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE, ETC ETC ETC
(updated 6/12/20; whenever possible, consider a donation to the individuals and organizations who have put these together for public use!)
METALINKS / COMPILED RESOURCES
- Antiracist Starter Pack: Resources & Tools Regarding Racism and Anti/Blackness (& How to be a better ally)
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
- White Allyship 101: Resources to Get to Work (from the Dismantle Collective)
- Transform Harm, a resource hub for ending violence, from Mariame Kaba.
- Resource Guide: Prisons, Policing, and Punishment (Micah Herskind, on Medium)
- Prison Abolitionist Resources (credit: Empty Cages Collective, UK)
- Resources to help Queer and Trans Prisoners
- Prison Abolition Organizing Toolkit (credit: Critical Resistance)
READING LISTS / FULL TEXT DOWNLOADS
- Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List
- Black Lives Matter Instructional Library (with read-aloud options)
- Master List of Black Revolutionary Readings
- What does prison abolition mean? Reading List (credit: seattle public library)
- Prison Abolition Reading List [Short] (Nathan Goodman, for Center for a Stateless Society)
- Abolition Reading List (The Abusable Past @ Radical History Review)
- “Prisons, Police, and Abolition” Reading List (Plus Free Book Download; from Because We’ve Read)
- The End of Policing, by Alex S. Vitale; free e-book via Verso
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?; A Truthout Collection edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar and Alana Yu-lan Price. Free e-book via Haymarket Books.
- Instead of Prisons: A handbook for Abolitionists. (Free online text via prisonpolicy.org)
- Black Anarchism Reader – Full (free) PDF Download from Black Rose Anarchist Federation
SYLLABI (Please also scroll through for our long list of syllabi and curricular guides)
- Antiracist Syllabus (Iowa State University)
- Unlearning Anti-Blackness (ally-oriented; credit: Citizenship and Social Justice)
- Black Lives Matter PGI Micro Syllabus (all articles free to download through August 2020; credit: Politics, Groups and Identities @ Routledge)
- Prison Abolition Syllabus (credit: African-American Intellectual History Society)
- Abolition Overview and Syllabus (credit: Autostraddle)
- Justice Reform Syllabus (credit: Vera Institute of Justice)
ON DECOLONIZING YOUR SYLLABUS
- Decolonizing your syllabus: you may have missed some steps (Credit: Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR))
- Podcast on Indigenization (Credit: Rabble.ca)
- Decolonizing the Classroom (Credit: Liberated Genius)
- Decolonizing Your Classroom (Part One in a free series) (Credit: The Activist Classroom)
READING GROUPS / CLASSES / WEBINARS / PODCASTS / VIDEOS
- Combahee Throughline Immersion with Sangodare / Alexis Pauline Gumbs.
- Angela Davis on Abolition, Defund Police, More on Democracy Now (June 6, 2020)
- Octavia Tried to Tell Us: Parable for Today’s Pandemic with Monica A. Coleman and Special Guests (YouTube playlist)
- Forthcoming: Octavia’s Parables podcast with Adrienne Maree Brown and Toshi Reagon (coming June 22, 2020).
- Afrofuturism Webinar
ACTIONS / TOOLS
- Master list of Petitions
- Resources for Accountability & Actions for Black Lives
- 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
- iOS shortcut blurs faces & metadata from protest images
- Police Abolition 101: What a World Without Cops Would Look Like (in Mother Jones)
- Performative Allyship is Deadly (here’s what to do instead)
- What ‘Defund the Police’ Actually Means (Annie Lowrey, in The Atlantic)
- Defund (and redesign) everything. (in Deep Code)
- America, This is Your Chance (Op-Ed, Michelle Alexander, in the New York Times)
- Greed Does Not Have to Define Our Relationship to Land (Robin Wall Kimmerer, in LitHub)
- How Black Lives Matter Changed the Way Americans Fight for Freedom (Frank Leon Roberts for the ACLU)
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR MUTUAL AID, SOLIDARITY & STAYING INFORMED WITH INTENTION.
Updated April 2020 (Click Titles for Links)
“In hopes of helping folks find and join in a mutual aid effort where they live, offering inspiration to start your own, and/or simply lifting your spirits, [at this link] is a growing list of mutual aid pandemic disaster care, in alphabetical order (with the acknowledgment that place-names are a colonial imposition).”
“The Coronavirus Tech Handbook provides a space for technologists, civic organisations, public & private institutions, researchers and specialists of all kinds to collaborate on a rapid and sophisticated response to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent impacts. It is a quickly evolving resource with thousands of active expert contributors.”
“Commons-oriented, P2P-driven, open source initiatives to help combat the outbreak of Covid-19.”
COVID-19 RESOURCES for the ARTIST ORGANIZATION FIELD [organized by Common Field]
“This list is for arts organizers [and artists] – please add resources, ideas, thinking and information surrounding best practices during pandemics and other emergencies. This is an OPEN document. Please add information and link URL’s to text. Feel free to add a brief description of the resource you are adding.
This is an open, crowd-sourced list. Please add information by category and add new categories if you have them. Please be mindful not to change the open sharing settings so everyone can continue to have edit access. As you add to and use this document, try not to remove resources that others need.”
OS Note: this list also includes grants and other links to direct aid for artists and freelancers
SYLLABI to SUPPORT SOLIDARITY, (r)EVOLUTION and CHANGE MAKING (at Duke University Press)
Amid the worldwide spread of COVID-19, it’s a challenging time, and our thoughts are with those affected by this disease. In support and solidarity, we are providing free access to the following books and journal articles to help build knowledge and understanding of how we navigate the spread of communicable diseases.
Listed books are free to read online until June 1, 2020, and journal articles are free until October 1.
Care in Uncertain Times Syllabus
As we collectively deal with the implications of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and a global pandemic, questions of care and self-care have become ever more important. These books, issues, and articles investigate different ways that care can bind together individuals and communities where larger institutions or governments fail to intervene. They show how radical care is essential to enduring precarity and to laying the groundwork for new futures.
All content is free to read online through June 30, 2020.
EVERGREEN RESOURCES / ONGOING COMPILATION (2016-present)
NEVERTHELESS, THEY RESISTED (SMARTER, WITH BETTER TOOLS): some basics on resisting smarter, safer, within your rights.
Firstly, if you’re hitting the streets, you should know your rights as a protestor.
FOR NEXT STEPS, START HERE: (META-LIST): RESISTANCE MANUAL (A Project of Stay Woke)
if you feel, on any day, that what you need to do most is get informed/learn, their “resistance tools” wiki is full of videos, podcasts, and strategic tools.
PROTECT YOUR DATA:
A 70 Day Web Security Action Plan for Artists and Activists Under Siege
FIND PROACTIVE STEPS to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS and EDUCATE YOURSELF
at PROACTIVE STEPS (with specific guides for these at risk communities:
LGBTQI, Disabled, Immigrant, Trans, and People with a Uterus, but with resources and tools for ALL. )
BE PREPARED FOR ICE RAIDS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD:
ICE Raids Toolkit (from the Immigrant Defense Project)
CALLING YOUR REPS : WHENEVER YOU CAN
Many of the above lists will include daily action alerts, call lists, call sheets, scripts, etc.
You can locate any of your elected officials and their contact information on Common Cause.
Here’s their guide to Finding and Learning about your Representatives.
You can find out what bills are being voted on, what your reps voted, all their information, and far far more on the COUNTABLE app, conveniently scaled to mobile device use.
**Nervous about calling? we’ve got an article for that:
How to Call Your Reps When You Have Social Anxiety
EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS:
Curricular Guides, Courses, Reading Lists, and Guides to Decolonizing Your Classroom/Syllabus
BRUSH UP ON YOUR US HISTORY / GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURE
Feeling rusty in your basic understanding of how US government works? You are not alone. So many people have sheepishly told me they feel they’re not capable of fully engaging in resistance because they don’t really understand how the government really works. Luckily, there’s lots of resources to help you out with that.
Education about civics / american government
#IAmNotAfraid Curriculum for All Educators and Organizers, for our Children (A Response to the Results of the US Presidential Election and Donald Trump) — Jana Lynne Umipig, prepared for students and staff at El Puente
Material suggested by anthropologists and others in response to question of what we should read/discuss in light of victories of both Donald Trump in US and Brexit campaign in UK
(This list includes explicitly ethnographic accounts, journalism prioritising ‘voices’ from conservative (or conservative-voting in 2016) communities, first-person memoirs and commentary. Some are slightly older, many are recent. Some are a little more tangential than others, of course this is a pretty nebulous area, communities that are ill defined, not homogenous, not necessarily ‘conservative’ in universally accepted ways, not always White, not always poor etc etc.)
Black Lives Matter Syllabus
Standing Rock Syllabus
Trump 101 Syllabus
Trump 2.0 Syllabus
Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide (kindle edition, 99 cents)
related: Towards an Ethics of Activism anthology (on medium) (pdf) / (screen reader version)
Kin Aesthetics: Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice (essay)
a resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia. With resources selected and summaries written by UVa graduate students, this abridged version of the Syllabus is organized into six sections that offer contemporary and archival primary and secondary sources (articles, books, responses, a documentary, databases) and a list of important terms for discussing white supremacy. Only “additional resources” are not available online (but can be found either through JSTOR, at the library, or for purchase).
100 ways to indigenize and decolonize academic programs and courses
from Shaunee Pete, Little Pine First Nations, University of Regina, Saskatchewan.
PREVIOUS RESOURCES from this page
ASYLUM / IMMIGRANT DETENTION CRISIS (US)
*includes: legislative advocacy, how to be an ally during raids, organizations to donate to, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS guides and links to other information, political platforms and positions, protests/visibility, volunteer opportunities, boycotts, how to be a sponsor or offer sanctuary.
BE PREPARED FOR ICE RAIDS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD:
ICE Raids Toolkit (from the Immigrant Defense Project)
BORDER ADVOCACY GROUPS (many in google doc above)
from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CLOSE THE CAMPS (again some repeats)
UNDERSTANDING AND OFFSETTING IMMIGRATION BAIL
(article with resources, links, and organizations supporting direct funding)
ANTI CORPORATE PRIDE
STANDING ROCK / #NoDAPL :: these warriors still need our help
Donate to Sacred Stone Camp: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
Contribute to the legal defense fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
Healer Medic Council: https://medichealercouncil.com/donate/
Buy & send supplies on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/196PVIWRDX1M4
Standing Rock Two Spirit Nation: https://www.facebook.com/TwoSpiritNation/
Send items on the list: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
202 Main Street
Fort Yates, ND 58538
#StopFOSTA/#StopSESTA // Stopping the “Fighting Online Sex Trafficking” + “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers” Acts
- Joint statement from the International Women’s Health Coalition + Center for Health and Gender Equity on how FOSTA/SESTA put sex workers in danger
- White House Petition to “Repeal/Stop FOSTA Now!” #StopFOSTA #StopSesta
#StephonClark // Justice for Stephon “Zoe” Clark of Sacramento, CA
- Article on the “historic resistance” ignited in response to the murder of Stephon Clark
- Support Sacramento organizations seeking justice for Stephon: Sacramento City College Black Student Union, Black Lives Matter Sacramento, Build. Black. Sacramento
- Fund to support the Clark family
Demilitarize Standing Rock [Change.org]
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline [ACLU]
Intervene to Protect Civilians at Standing Rock, and Launch Federal Civil Rights Investigation of Law Enforcement in ND [whitehouse.gov]
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Dem-ND), Stand with Standing Rock Sioux Against the Dakota Access Pipeline [MoveOn.org]
To voice your opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, call:
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, at 701-328-2200.
The White House, at 202-456-1111.
Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline owner ― Lee Hanse, executive vice president, 210-403-6455; Glenn Emery, vice president, 210-403-6762; Michael (Cliff) Waters, lead analyst, 713-989-2404.
Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline, even though it would cross under the Missouri River within a half-mile of the Sioux reservation boundary, at 202-761-5903.
How to contact the 17 banks funding the pipeline
Volunteer remotely with legal or media skills:
Email email@example.com, or phone 701-301-2238.
THOUGHTFUL, PRODUCTIVE ARTICLES AND OTHER TOOLS
Charles Eisenstein: The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story
Leader of the Standing Rock Sioux on Prayers and a President Trump
How to be Your Own Light In The Age of Trump
Why Trump-Sanders Phenomenon Signals an Oligarchy on the Brink of a Civilization-Threatening Collapse http://evonomics.com/why-trump-phenomenon-is-a-sign-of-oligarchy/
Don’t Mourn, Fight Like Hell
Original welcome letter/ description: (November 2016)
Now is the time to organize.
The way we see it, while folks are unusually… awake… to the horrors going on in this country, it’s essential that we all take this opportunity to take a long hard look at the “normal” we’ve gotten used to, and what most choose to ignore on a daily basis to live a semblance of an “ordinary” life, even if made possible by a litany of human rights violations and extraordinary damage to both human health and safety as well as to the only planet that can support our survival.
It is the time to insist upon change, for ourselves, for our communities, and for the system.
Every day presents to us yet another seemingly impossible, shocking announcement — of the type that makes one question the very nature of reality.
Do you feel sometimes that every day is a test to demonstrate how absurd this mockery of a “democracy” has gotten? Under a woefully unqualified, publicly racist and misogynist “POTUS” who lost the popular vote, a team that threatens to make *him* look moderate. No question, we’re on a runaway train with no conductor.
Question: where is the emergency br[e]ak[e]? Is there no failsafe, have none of our laws or treaties or global bodies been given adequate power to prevent (or now stop) this disaster? And, if not — we must. Or, we must say, we are no longer citizens, this is not my nation, and not stop building on our own until the fight is so big they are shown for the small, sad people that they are.
In the meanwhile, I’m very concerned about our already highly stressed, bioprecarious, overly exhausted populace. We must find a balance, must take time for self care, which at times may request rest and a break from action — and yet action is required, from all of us, as much as our bandwidth allows. To that end, it will do us great good to be efficient and keep our resources easily accessible.