Last week on the Amizade Talk Show, we hosted a conversation about police brutality, white supremacy & the recent injustices in the U.S. with LaKeisha Wolf, Executive Director of Ujamaa Collective and Amizade’s community partner, and Nathaniel Siggers, Amizade’s Appalachia Site Director and host of his own talk show, Relate with Nate. There is more that we can do as Amizade to be allies and accomplices in the fight for racial justice and equity in our country. One small step that we’re taking today is sharing a list (that is by no means exhaustive) of anti-racist resources and ways to take action.
There are many better places than Amizade’s website for anti-racist education and activism, which is why we’re linking to those resources here and amplifying other voices. We hope that this post will reach those who need to see it. If you’re looking for a starting point, we hope that this list helps you on your journey—read what you find here and then keep going.
We know this list is incomplete: we wanted to offer you a starting point. Explore these resources and then take the initiative to continue searching for more.
There are many ways to take action now: physically showing up to demonstrations, signing petitions, calling or emailing representatives, donating to organizations, having difficult conversations with friends and family, educating yourself, etc. Pick a way to take action and do it today. (And again tomorrow.)
If you are able to do so, donate to the organizations listed above, or use these resources to find other organizations to donate to.
Support Black Entrepreneurs, Artists, and Black-owned Businesses
Where you spend your money matters. Most of these resources are specific to Pittsburgh, but similar resources exist for many cities around the US and the world.
Listen to Black Voices
Pay attention to who is speaking. Seek out Black voices and listen to what they are saying. Learn from them. (A friendly reminder if you’re white or a non-Black POC: don’t expect your Black friends and colleagues to explain everything.)
13th – Ava DuVernay (available on Netflix)
It’s past time to reach a much deeper understanding of the injustices embedded in our history and the foundations of many US systems. These resources are some first steps towards an anti-racist education.
Most importantly: don’t stop.
Keep learning, speak up, vote, until we see real change. (And even then, don’t stop.)