Here we go again. On Monday of this week Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested George Floyd, and used a restraint hold (kneeling on his neck) that either killed him outright, or certainly contributed to his death.
Last night (Tuesday), there were protests and a march that for the most part were very calm and peaceful, until the very end when eye witnesses noted young white males involved in property damage at the police station in precinct three. The
police moved in with riot gear, tear gas, mace, and rubber bullets.
This morning the cities are in shock.
Four police officers who were at the scene of the original arrest have been fired. The mayor of Minneapolis and the Chief of Police have asked both the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) and the FBI to investigate.
We must lament, and we must act. This week some of the resources that are once again being shared include:
a spreadsheet of anti-oppression resources
As this pandemic unfolds, it’s clear that the disease is not an equalizer. We’re still learning, but here is
some initial data on COVID-19 and race.
Dr. Jason Chang has begun to compile
a set of resources for responding to the specific forms of racism that are emerging in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
another great list of books to add to your library — either your public library (if they don’t already have them), your religious institution’s library, and your home library. Let’s support these authors and illustrators as we also lift up Latinx communities.
I’m not sure where to put this, but I don’t want to lose
this page of research articles that cluster around questions of political opinion, sanctuary, and other issues in a Trumpian world.
An excellent analysis, offered up by the Foundation Review (so particularly useful to institutions seeking to do this work).
a website full of useful information and educator guides for , a nationally recognized, Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations award-winning, traveling exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian that was touring during 2013. The website remains, and is a very useful tool.
From the School Library Journal comes
a list of books for teens on BlackLivesMatter.
Danish TV2 does it again. Here’s
a lovely commercial they’ve created, this time pointing out how we all contain multiplicities, and we need to explore them to see how we are connected.
set of resources collected together for varieties of learning settings, focused on #blacklivesmatter