We have been focusing in this bibliography on racial justice issues — but of course they intersect with many other forms of oppression. Lately it seems we need more public work on issues having to do with positive depictions of sexuality and consent. Some useful resources include:
Category Archives: resources
Remembering the Japanese American internment
The 80th anniversary of the internment has brought multiple memorials. This is a story about a specific installation in Queens.
Reclaiming Native Truth
There are wonderful resources being created and curated by “We Are Still Here Minnesota,” a group that is advocating for more accurate representation and engagement with Native peoples. Their main website is chock full of useful resources, as is the Reclaiming Native Truth site.
Harvard’s digitized materials
The Houghton Library at Harvard has curated a specific collection of resources that have been digitized to make research more accessible. They are pieces from history detailing Black experiences with slavery, abolition, emancipation and freedom. It’s yet another place to start from, and can suggest keywords that might be useful in other historical research.
Structural Racism Remedies Repository
Wow — this is an amazing resource. The Structural Racism Remedies Repository contained over 1000 different policy-based recommendations for addressing structural and systemic racism or advancing racial equity drawn from a vast array of published material. A great search tool makes it possible to sort through for what you’re looking for.
A restorative justice toolkit
We are once again navigating anguish, anger, mourning in the Twin Cities, after Minneapolis police shot Amir Locke to death in the apartment he was sleeping in.
It is challenging to stay focused on transformative work, but grief demands it. Here is a useful toolkit on restorative justice, a good place for people to begin with.
The REciprocity Project
Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project embraces Indigenous value systems that have bolstered communities since the beginning of time. To heal, we must recognize that we are in relationship with Earth, a place that was in balance for millennia. This short film series and multimedia platform, made in partnership with Indigenous storytellers and their communities worldwide, invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being.
Brandeis’ oppressive language list
I’m not sure I resonate with all of the choices on this list, or the alternatives they suggest, but I think it’s a fascinating glimpse into the current complexity of language particularly as we think about systems of oppression.
This is a name that will persist in agony. It is the name whereby a residential school in British Columbia is known, a school where the remains of 215 children were found buried in unmarked graves.
As we struggle to engage the deep wound that this discovery makes clear, we also have to recognize how deep the wounding of indigenous communities by Christian communities who operated residential schools remains.
In the days to come we will post more resources, but here is a basic set to begin with.
Power flower updates
Several of us use the power flower exercise in our work, and here are two updated versions of the exercise. One from We Rise and one from the Greater Toronto area community board.