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A List of Anti-Racist Resources

by Melissa Nix

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: if there’s an essential resource we left out that you’d like to see included, please email melissa.nix@amizade.org to have it added here.

 

Take Action

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.)

Immediate Action List: Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives

Get Involved – Black Lives Matter

Get Involved – Dream Defenders

Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor – Color of Change

Attend a Protest, and know your rights – ACLU

Learn how to be a good white ally – Emily Stewart, Vox

Find your city, demand change – 8 Can’t Wait 

Action Tools – Dismantling Racism

 

Donate

If you are able to do so, donate to the organizations listed above, or use these resources to find other organizations to donate to.

Donate to Bail Funds

115 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color

 

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.

Black-owned Businesses in Pittsburgh

Cocoapreneur

1Hood Media

Ujamaa Collective

Pittsburgh Black Business Relief Fund

125 Black-Owned Businesses to Support – The Strategist

 

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.)

Read:

New Pittsburgh Courier

The Root

The Problematic Potential of White Noise – Elyse Cizek

Dear White People, This is What We Want You to Do – Kandise Le Blanc

America, This Is Your Chance – Michelle Alexander

I Fought Two Plagues and Only Beat One – Philip O. Ozuah

Watch:

A conversation with President Obama: Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show

13th – Ava DuVernay (available on Netflix)

Follow:

No White Saviors Instagram Account

Rachel Cargle Instagram Account

The Conscious Kid Instagram Account

14 Inspiring Black People You Need to Follow on Instagram – Bianca Lambert

Hashtags:

#SayHerName

#BlackLivesMatter

#sharethemicnow

(Re)Educate Yourself

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.

Anti-Racist Reading List – City of Asylum

An Antiracist Reading List – Ibram X. Kendi

A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources – Katie Couric

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB)

Analysis Tools – Dismantling Racism

Education for Liberation Network 

Learn about White Supremacy Culture in Organizations

The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege

Most importantly: don’t stop.

Keep learning, speak up, vote, until we see real change. (And even then, don’t stop.)