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Reparations and Apologies for Slavery

“An apology is meaningless without reparations. But reparations would be meaningless without a heartfelt apology.”

HR 40 proposes a commission to study the effects of slavery on the descendants of American slaves and make recommendations to address the conditions, including economic, caused by inter-generational poverty rooted in slavery.   Here is the full wording of HR40.

As of August 2019, Racial Justice Rising is offering the local and global community the opportunity to express why reparations are important to you.  One of the co-chairs of New England N’COBRA (the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) has suggested that especially people of European descent talk about this topic.  And every voice is welcome here.

If you’d like to provide your comments in support of reparations, please follow the link here.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF REPARATIONS PAYMENTS MADE FROM 1866 THROUGH 2018 BY U.S. GOVERNMENT, STATES, CITIES, RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, by Dr. Allen J. Davis, Ed.D.

40 Acres and a Mule Would Be At Least $6.4 Trillion Today: What America Really Owes Black America, an infographic by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn & Jeff Neumann at Yes! Magazine

Black Farmers To Receive Payouts From Federal Lawsuit, by Carolyn Brown at Black Enterprise

The Case For Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, at the Atlantic

For Truth and Reparations Campaign

Georgetown University to offer slave descendents preferential admission status, by Kathryn Vasel at CNN

Jamaica is Calling on Britain To Pay Millions in Reparations by Rowena Mason at Business Insider

National African American Reparations Commission

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA)

Randall Robinson

Reparations: The Time Is Now, a guide from Coming To The Table

Restitution Study Group

Slavery reparations dominate David Cameron’s Jamaica visit, a very short video from A&J films

Speakers Call For Federal Reparations, by Janelle Odionou at the Cornell Daily Sun

Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes The Case For Reparations, audio recording of a June 2015 talk on WNPR

This Could Be Reparations’ Best Chance Since 1865, by Salim Muwakkil at In These Times

U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Racial Terrorism, Says U.N., by Ishaan Tharoor  at the Washington Post

Apologies for Slavery

December 2015: Delaware Governor Says State Must Apologize For Its Role in Slavery, by Barbara Goldberg at Huffington Post

U.S. government apologies for slavery:
House of Representatives

Senate

Alabama
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Maryland
New Jersey
North Carolina
Virginia
Annapolis MD

Alameda County CA

Other countries:

In 2006 Tony Blair, prime minister, expressed “deep sorrow” for the UK’s role in the slave trade.

Businesses and universities
– Brown University
– Aetna, mid-2000, prompted by Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, apologized for insurance policies written on slaves 140 years earlier.
– In 2002, New York Life, the insurer, donated documents about the insurance it sold to slave owners in the 1840s to a New York library. It also backed educational efforts.
– In 2005 JPMorgan, the investment bank, apologized that two of its predecessors in Louisiana – Citizens Bank and Canal Bank – had mortgaged slaves. The bank made its research public and set up a $5m scholarship fund for African- American pupils.
– Lehman Brothers apologized in 2005 for its predecessors’ links to slavery, while Bank of America said it regretted any actions its predecessors might have taken to support or tolerate slavery.
– Wachovia Bank, since acquired by Wells Fargo, also apologized for its predecessors having owned and profited from slaves. It set up a program offering $1bn in loans for black car dealerships.
– In October 2001 students at Yale University pointed out its past links with slavery. The university noted it had already founded the Gilder-Lehrman center for the study of slavery.
– Brown University has set up a commission to look into links with slavery and how it should make amends.

– Emory University, January 2011

Faith groups
Episcopal Church
Church of England
Episcopal Church in North Carolina
Southern Baptist Convention

Confronting Racial Bias At Work, from Race Forward

Feel Like You’re At Risk? A list of your rights and where to get help – for Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ, disabled people, protesters, sexual assault survivors, and more, from the ACLU

If Immigration Agents Show Up At Your Door, a poster from ACLU of Northern California

Important Information for Immigrants and Allies, from the Center for New Americans in western MA

Support Puerto Rico, Mexico  September-October 2017

100 Years of Colonialism: How Puerto Rico Became Easy Prey for Profiteers, by Joel Cintron Arbasetti, * Carla Minet at Centro Periodismo Investigativo, and Alex V. Hernandez, and Jessica Stites at In These Times, from In These Times

The Difference Between “Latino” and “Hispanic” in One Cartoon, by Terry Blas at Vox.com

Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

“I’m Latino, but I’m Not…” from Buzzfeed

Irma and Maria: Shedding Light on Puerto Rico’s Colonial Reality, by Ana Portnoy at Counterpoint

The Jones Act Explained, by Matthew Yglesias at Vox

Latino Americans, a six-hour documentary from PBS

Latino Life by the Numbers, an infographic from Colorlines

Taínos: The First Resistance, from Latino Rebels

Ten Ethnic Studies Books Arizona Doesn’t Want You To Read, by Yara Simon at Remezclez

Voter Suppression Targets Latinx Voters in Red States, by Yessenia Fues at Colorlines

White Latino Racism on the Rise: On Euro Diasporic Whiteness, by William Garcia at Latino Rebels

National Actions and Groups

10 Ways To Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, from Southern Poverty Law Center

AJ+  News

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
– Feel Like You’re At Risk? A list of your rights and where to get help – for Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ, disabled people, protesters, sexual assault survivors, and more, from the ACLU

The Art of the Protest, Here’s how protesting has succeeded, by Tina Rosenberg in the New York Times

Black Lives Matter

Brave New Films

Color of Change, campaigns against injustice

Colorlines, news for action

Defending Free Expression, a Tool Kit For Writers and Readers, by Masha Gessen at PEN

Despair is Not A Strategy, 15 Principles of Hope by Abby Brockman at Medium

Haymarket People’s Fund

Indivisible – a practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda

Love Army, Fight Different  with Van Jones, Tem Blessed, and more

Movement for Black Lives

POC Online Classroom, Celebrating the Brilliance of Marginalized Peoples

Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call For Moral Revival

Race Forward, the center for racial justice innovations

Racial Equity Tools Support for people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources.

Real Cost of Prisons Project

Resistance Manual includes links to Trump’s agenda, essential readings, resources, political issues, more

Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate groups, publishes a “tolerance” curriculum for schools

SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice)

The Two Things That Will Determine Our Fate by Taj James

United We Dream, Standing Together to Protect Immigrants and Refugees

Unstoppable Together

White Privilege Conference

Be An Effective Activist

5 Ways To Disrupt Racism, short film from VideoRev and the UK Racial Justice Network

Access Suggestions for Mobilizations, from Sins Invalid – so everyone can participate

Bystander Intervention Training More Important Than Ever, by Christina Cauterucci at Slate

Cynicism Will Not Build A Movement. Collaboration Will, by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter

Deciding To Lead With Love Despite An Enraging Political Climate, by Rinku Sen at Colorlines

Don’t Be A Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding To Racist Attacks, a video from the Barnard Center for Research on Women

How To Be A Racial Justice Hero All Year Long, from Colorlines

How To Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind, by Mirah Curzer at Medium

Self Care for People of Color After Emotional and Psychological Trauma, from Just Jasmine

Self Care Means Acknowledging That Structural Racism Exists, by Doretta Lau at Huffington Post

There Are Ways To Reduce Racial Bias. Calling People Racist Isn’t One of Them, by German Lopez at Vox

 

26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets

A Bibliography For the Revolution, from #BlackLivesMatter Nashville

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter issues a Statement on Trump’s Election, by Aaron Morrison at Mic

Black Lives Matter Syllabus: Voices from The Movement – dozens of videos and more

Black Protests vs. White Riots, a new 3-minute film from Brave New Films

Black Women Matter, a video from For Harriet

How A Hashtag Defined A Movement, the founders of Black Lives Matter on how it all began, from EmergingUS

Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter, TED talks, October 2016

Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement, by Barbara Ransby at Colorlines

The Movement for Black Lives:  A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice

Why having a predominantly white police force is dangerous to the Black community, a video from Atlanta Black Star

Don’t just be an ally in safe space. Don’t just hold the #BlackLivesMatter sign when it is safe. Hold the sign when bullets are flying over your head. Hold the sign when our children are dying from asthma and living in mold infested projects. Tell me a life matters when it costs you something. Don’t let my pain be your weekend excursion.
–Rev. Michael Walrond, pastor of First Corinthia Baptist Church in NY, quoted by Urban Cusp

Projects, Groups, Actions

Beyond Whiteness: This website is full of resources for antiracism and information about white privilege, racism, and more.

Catalyst Project, organizing antiracist whites

The Center for the Study of White American Culture and their blog on topics of whiteness

Community Change, Inc, Boston

The Liberator, William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper from the 1800s

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
** Donate to Black-Led Racial Justice Organizations, from SURJ

Traces of the Trade and The Tracing Center

The White Noise Collective is a collective of people dedicated to racial justice that explores how internalized sexism and heterosexism show up in the work of anti-racist activists, educators and allies.

White Nonsense Roundup

White Privilege Conference

Articles, Videos, Books, etc

9 Ways You Can Use Your White Privilege For Good, from MTV (of all places)

13 Resources for Teaching About White Privilege

16 Books About Race That Every White Person Should Read, from Huffington Post

Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex, An Indigenous Perspective and Provocation, from Indigenous Action Media
– Stop Being An Ally, #AccomplicesNotAllies, a video from This Matters

Advice for white folks in the wake of the police murder of a black person, by Justin Cohen

Allies, The Time For Your Silence Has Expired, from SoulA Scriptura

Are You Racist? 28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors, from Odin’s B-Log

Can Master Syndrome be Undone? An Urgent Challenge for the Anti-Racist Movement by Maria Reinat-Pumarejo

Code of Ethics for Antiracist White Allies by JLove and Tim Wise

The Costs of Racism for White People by Paul Kivel

Dear White America by George Yancy at the New York Times

Emptying the White Knapsack, by Jaime Grant

How Racism Affects White Americans, by Dr. John H. Bracey Jr. from the Media Education Foundation

How To Overcome The Murderous Fear of White People by Zaron Burnett III at Human Parts

If You Have To Tell Your Kids This Stuff, Then You Probably Aren’t a White Person, a short video by Javon Johnson, from Button Poetry, on Upworthy

The Importance of Listening as a Privileged Person Fighting For Justice, by Jamie Utt

Jews in America Struggled to Become White. Now We Must Give Up Whiteness to Fight Racism, by Gil Steinlauf in the Washington Post

My Fellow White People, We Need To Talk, by Fog City John at the Daily Kos

Privilege 101: A Quick & Dirty Guide, by Sian Ferguson at Everyday Feminism

Dr. Robin DiAngelo:
– 11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism
– Deconstructing White Privilege, a video
– No I Won’t Stop Saying White Supremacy
– White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
– White Women’s Tears & The Men Who Love Them

Shining The Light On White by Sharon Martinas

So You Call Yourself An Ally? 10 Things All “Allies” Need To Know by Jamie Utt

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America by Michael Eric Dyson

This is What White People Can Do to Support BlackLivesMatter, from the Washington Post

Tim Wise

Toward An Abolitionist Feminism, by Zillah Eisenstein at Portside.

Ways White People Can Process Emotions Without Bringing On White Tears, by Jennifer Loubriel at Everyday Feminism

White Dude Gets Real About Racism, a video from comedian Louis C.K.

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

What Cultural Appropriation Is and Why You Should Care, by Shree Paradkar at The Star

What is Whiteness? by Nell Irvin Painter in the NY Times

What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality, by Ijeoma Oluo

What White America Fails To See, by Michael Eric Dyson in the New York Times

White Privilege Explained In Five Minutes, a video by ArchDuke

White Supremacy Culture, by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun

Whites Only: SURJ And The Caucasian Invasion Of Racial Justice Spaces by Didi Delgado at The Establishment

Whites Who Are Scared They Will Be Called Racist, a video with Kathy Obear from Philippe After Hours

Whites Won’t Give Up on Racism by Scot Nakagawa at ChangeLab

You’ve Been Well Cared For by Betty Reid Mandell

413 Staying Connected For Action

ACLU Immigrant Protection Project of Western MA

All Souls Church annual Anti-Racism Film Festival, held every spring

The Amherst Branch NAACPFacebook page may be more up to date than website.

Amherst Human Rights Commission

Arise for Social Justice, Springfield MA

BLM413

Coming Together, Amherst MA

Crossing the Waters Institute for Cultural Exchange, building alliances between artists and others in the U.S. with groups in Africa

David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History and Underground Railroad Studies, Florence MA

Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution

Gardening the Community, Springfield MA

Great Falls Books Through Bars

Greenfield Human Rights Commission

Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley

It’s no confederate flag, but the Massachusetts state seal is still pretty awful, by Yvonne Abraham at the Boston Globe

Lost River Racial Justice

Massachusetts for Equality and Racial Justice (MERJ)

Mass Slavery Apology, RJR’s keystone project

Multicultural Bridge, Berkshire County, MA

New Massachusetts Hotline To Report Civil Rights Complaints

The Nolumbeka Project, preserving New England’s Tribal Heritage

Not In Our Town Greenfield MA, organizing to prevent hate crimes and bullying

Nuestras Raices, promoting agri-culture in Holyoke

Pioneer Valley Workers Center, building power with low-wage and immigrant workers throughout Western Massachusetts

Racial Justice Rising – that’s us!

The Reparations Collective focuses on the western Massachusetts area, especially Franklin County; The Collective believes that reparations for Black and Indigenous folks is vital for justice. 

The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro VT

Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, a book by Dr. Robert H. Romer of Amherst

Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Project, Florence, MA

Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership

Undoing Racism Organizing Collective brings Undoing Racism Workshops to the region

Visioning BEAR Circle Intertribal Coalition works to prevent sexual and domestic violence in the intertribal communities of the Northeast & to prevent violence against Mother Earth.

Western MA Health Equity Network
– Listing of Regional Racial Justice Resources

Western MA SURJ – Showing Up for Racial Justice

Are Arabs White? by Khaled Beydoun at Al-Jazeera

Colorlines posts on Islamophobia

Dear Non-Muslim Allies, by Sofia Ali-Kahn

Hijabi World, voices of young Muslim women in a short film by Julie Winokur

How One Man Refused to Spy on Fellow Muslims for the FBI & Then Lost Everything, from The Nation, about Springfield MA resident Ayyub Abdul-Alim

Islamophobia Monitor

The Race Hate We All Know, by Nimra Azmi at Colorlines

Stand Up Against Anti-Arab Racism and Islamophobia, from Coming Together

What to do when you see Islamophobia, by a graphic narrative by Maeril at Buzzfeed

The 3/5 Clause And Indian Removal, by Michael McLean at We’re History

8th Fire Dispatches: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada, and the Way Forward, films by a team of Aboriginal storytellers from CBC

10 Year Old Wukchumni Boy’s Refusal To Sing Song Leads to Its Removal From School, by Levi Rickert at Native News Online

11 Essential Native American Films You Can Watch Online Right Now from Indian Country Today

Action Lab for Community Wealth Building: Working Collaboratively to Build Community Wealth in Indian Country

All The Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans, a new book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker, from Beacon Press

Australians Apologize for Atrocities Against Aboriginal Peoples, from A+J

Canada Acknowledges Abuse of First Nations, a video from AJ+

Canada’s Cultural Genocide from A+J Films

Dear Settlers, Before Using Our Medicine, Be Aware of Your White Privilege, by From An Indigenous Perspective

The Doctrine of Discovery, Unmasking The Domination Code, a film from 38 plus 2 Productions

Forced to Dance to the White Man’s Song: Australia, Steeped in Racism from the Stringer Independent News

Friends of Wissatinewag

How the West Was Lost by Native Americans, an animated graphic from the Atlantic Wire

Indian Country Today Media Network

Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz 

Interactive time-lapse map shows how the U.S. took more than 1.5 billion acres from Native Americans, by Rebecca Onion and Claudio Saunt at Slate.com

Thanksgiving Through the Lens of Native Americans Today, from PBS, featuring Wampanoag perspective in articles, videos, etc.

More Cities Ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous People’s Day, from Telesur 10/9/16

Native Lives Matter Syllabus from POC Online Classroom 

New Totem Pole Memorializes Boarding School Victims and Survivors, from CBC News

The Nolumbeka Project and the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historic Preservation Office work together to preserve New England’s tribal heritage through education, sacred site preservation, and more.

Police Are Killing One Group At A Staggering Rate, by Zack Cheney-Rice at mic.com

The Police Killings No One Is Talking About: Native Americans Most Likely To Be Killed By Cops, from Democracy Now

Resistance 

– Idle No More!

Global #NoDAPL Month of Action, a video from Sacred Stone Camp

– Veterans’ apology at Standing Rock, video from Our Revolution and article from Daily Kos

Official Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Against DAPL

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Facebook

Coverage on Democracy Now

–  Standing Rock Syllabus, from NYC Stands With Standing Rock

20 Photos, My 7 Months At Standing Rock, by Desiree Kane at Yes! Magazine

Indigenous Waters, a website advocating the inherent human right to water and the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ environmental rights. Water is life.

– Life in the Native American oil protest camps, from BBC News

United American Indians of New England 

The United Nations says U.S. should return stolen land to Indian tribes – from the Guardian

Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory and Practice

Visioning BEAR Circle Intertribal Coalition works to prevent sexual and domestic violence in the intertribal communities of the Northeast & to prevent violence against Mother Earth.

What if they told European history the way the tell Native American history? from the blog An Indigenous History of America

What Native Americans Couldn’t Do Until … from OMG Facts

Yes, Native Americans were the victims of genocide, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz at History News Network

19 Reasons Latin Americans Come to the U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream, by Roque Planas in Huffington Post.

ACLU Immigrant Protection Project of Western MA

The Domestic Worker Immigration Project is run by the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Boston.

Brave Hearts, When Lowell Was A Sanctuary City for Fugitive Slaves, a historical perspective by Robert Forrant at WBUR

Don’t Get Your Undocumented Friends In Trouble: A How-To, by Felicia Jarvis at the Daily Demand

If Immigration Agents Show Up At Your Door, a poster from ACLU of Northern California

Important Information for Immigrants and Allies, from the Center for New Americans in western MA

“Justice Fund” to Cover Legal Costs for Immigrants Facing Deportation, by Kaitlyn D’Onofrio at Diversity, Inc.

Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante, Vermont

My Undocumented Friend, by Terry J. Allen in The Guardian

The National Domestic Workers Alliance mobilizes domestic workers across the country. (Most domestic workers are immigrant and/or of-color women.)

New Research Studies Immigration Assimilation and Busts Stereotypes, by Kenrya Rankin Naasel at Colorlines

No Excuses Not To Talk About Immigration, a short video and history of U.S. immigration policy from The Skimm

Pioneer Valley (MA) Workers Center offers resources for immigrants and Sanctuary In The Streets

Sikh-American civil rights advocate Valarie Kaur’s plea to her country in the times of Donald J. Trump, a powerful video

United We Dream‘s core principles for immigration reform.

Springfield (MA) Church Becomes Sanctuary for Undocumented Residents, by Erin Fitzsimmonds and Samara Abramson at WesternMassNews

When A Father Of 4 Is Detained By ICE While Dropping His Daughters Off At School, by Julia Wick at LAist

 When Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border Was Not A Crime, by Kelly Lytle Hernandez at Yes Magazine

 

Achieving Health Equity, A Guide for Health Care Organizations, from Institute for Health Care Improvement

African Americans Don’t Sleep As Well As Whites, an Inequality Stretching Back To Slavery, by Benjamin Reiss at the LA Times

Black Gains in Life Expectancy, by Victor Fuchs at JAMA Network

Decolonizing Empathy, by Sherronda J. Brown at The Black Youth Project

Does Racism Play A Role in Health Inequities? from Institute for Health Care Improvement

Flint’s Lead-Poisoned Water’s Horrifyingly Large Effect on Fetal Deaths, by Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post

Focusing On Racial Disparities in Health Care by Shelby Ashline, pre-program article in Greenfield Recorder

Genes Don’t Cause Racial-Health Disparities, Society Does, by Jason Silverstein at The Atlantic

The Health of Young African American Men by Stephen A. Martin et al

How, As A Doctor, I’ve Contributed To The Racial Gap In Infant Mortality, by Nana Matoba at Statnews

How Health Care Can Accelerate Health Equity, from Institute for Health Care Improvement

Racism Is A Scourge On the Public’s Health, by Ellen Isaacs at MultiRacial Unity

Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives: The Role of Health Professionals, by Rachel R. Hardeman, Eduardo M. Medina, and Katy B. Kozhimannil at the New England Journal of Medicine

We’re Sick of Racism, Literally, by Douglas Jacobs at the New York Times

Why Does Health Equity Matter? from Institute for Health Care Improvement

7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real, from Ben & Jerry’s

9 TED Talks To Help You Understand Race in America

30 Articles by POC Everyone Should Read, from the Huffington Post

A Brief History of White Privilege, Racism, and Oppression in America, 5 minute film gives overview of how our government created institutional racism (an excerpt from Legalize Democracy)

The Electoral College Has Its Origins in Slavery, by David Love at the Atlantic Black Star

Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes, from Edutopia

A Forgotten History of How the U.S. Government Segregated America, an interview with Richard Rothstein on Fresh Air at NPR

Free PDF Books on Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class and Color, from Flannery O’Gonnor

Hate Map from the Southern Poverty Law Center

How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites, a short video from Fusion Comedy

The Myth of Race, Debunked in 3 Minutes, video and article by Jenée Desmond-Harris and Estelle Caswell at Vox

New Voting Restrictions in Place for First Time in 2016, from the Brennan Center for Justice

Race and…: A series of videos from Race Forward exploring the ways race compounds and intersects with all the other issues faced by people of color.

Race: Are We So Different? is a very accessible 5 minute video on how “race” was created, from the American Anthropological Association.

A resource list from Coming To the Table – books, films, etc.

Should I Use The Adjective “Diverse”? by Alex Kapitan at RadicalCopyEditor.com

Talking About Race, a series on Bill Moyers’ website

Unequal: How People of Color Were Kept From Owning A Home, a video from The Root

What Is Systemic Racism? Nine short films on subjects like the wealth gap, education housing, incarceration… with Rinku Sen from Race Forward

When I See Them, I See Us – Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, DAM, Omar Barghouti, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Yousef Erekat, Annemarke Jacir, Boots Riley, Dr. Cornell West, & more. From Black-Palestinian  Solidarity

Why “People of Color” May Not Be the Best Choice of Words, by Cameron G. at Everyday Feminism

Women of Color in Women’s History, a series from Daily Kos:

– Part 1: Native Americans

– Part 2: Latinas

– Part 3: African Americans

– Part 4: Asian and Asian-Pacific Americans

Gardening the Community, Springfield MA

Good Food & Good Jobs for All: Challenges and Opportunities to Advance Racial and Economic Equity in the Food System, from Race Forward (formerly the Applied Research Center)

Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante, Vermont

Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and The New Jim Crow by Leah Penniman at Yes Magazine

Why Food Belongs In Our Discussions of Race, by Kristin Wartman at Civil Eats

Climate change and communities of color: Anthony Rogers-Wright of Environmental Action speaks to the DNC ,from C-Span

Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism – links to many resources

Idle No More

Racism in the Air You Breathe: When/Where You Live Determines How Fast You Die, by Charles D. Ellison at The Root

Unist’ot’en Action Camp Against Pipelines

Why We Need Intersectionality to Understand Climate Change, by Elizabeth Walsh at Intercontinental Cry

Affirmative Action for White People: Comments by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Melissa Harris-Perry

America’s 100 Richest People Control More Wealth Than The Entire Black Population, by Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones

Considering the Legacy of Stolen Labor from Racism Review

Financial Literacy – The Black Community by Christian Simmons

Financial Literacy – The Latinx Community by Christian Simmons

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist

It Would Take 228 Years For Black Families To Amass The Wealth of White Families, by Kate Davidson at the Wall Street Journal

Racial wealth gap study by Pew Research Center

    –Summary of article by Colorlines

The Racial Wealth Gap: Why Policy Matters: Infographics & information from Black Left Unity

Unequal: How People of Color Were Kept From Owning A Home, a video from The Root

United For A Fair Economy‘s annual State of the Dream report:

State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America

State of the Dream 2016: #BlackLivesMatter and the Economy

State of the Dream 2015: Underbanked and Overcharged

State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom?

State of the Dream 2013: Housing, Asset Policy, and the Racial Wealth Divide, from United for a Fair Economy

State of the Dream 2012  Looking Back, Looking Forward

State of the Dream 2011, Austerity for Whom? by United for a Fair Economy

White supremacy and economics, an article from Colorlines.

A Letter To White Women Teachers: an urgent plea for change, by Laura Baker of Racial Justice Rising and Westfield State University  (select Full Text PDF)

An End to the Privatization of Education and Real Community Control by Parents, Students and Community Members of Schools Including Democratic School Boards and Community Control of Curriculum, Hiring, Firing, and Discipline Policies, from A Vision for Black Lives

Calling Cops for Small Infractions Disproportionately Hurts Minority Students, by Anna Phillips at the Los Angeles Times

EmbraceRace: Online community about caring for and raising kids in the context of race

Facing History and Ourselves  “We help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.”

Five Ways to End the School To Prison Pipeline, from Fusion.net

The Gates Scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors

How Race-Related Trauma Hurts Black and Brown Youth in Schools, from Psychology Benefit Society

How To Talk To Kids About Racism: An Age by Age Guide, by Alex Mlynek at Today’s Parent

How To Talk To Kids About Racism in America – with a picture book by Colton Valentine at the Huffington Post

I Was A Racist Teacher And I Didn’t Even Know It, by Laurie Calvert at Education Post  

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide For Educators and School Support Staff, from American Federation of Teachers

Picture Books That Teach Kids to Combat Racism, from What We Do All Day

A Punch In the Gut: Vancouver BC high school uses texts connecting Indigenous women to the word “squaw”,  by Angela Sterritt at CBC News  

Racial Profiling Starts in Preschool, by Kali Holloway at Alternet.org

Reading While White: Allies for Racial Diversity & Inclusion In Books For Children & Teens

Report Hate At School – report incidents to the Southern Poverty Law Center

Responding To Hate And Bias At School, a downloadable guide from Teaching Tolerance

Rethinking Schools – resources for educators 

Speak Up At School, a guide for teachers from Teaching Tolerance  

Teach Us All by Sonia Lowman is a documentary film + social movement,  just released on Netflix

Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom  

Teaching Tolerance 

Teaching While White by Molly Tansy at Teaching Tolerance

Ten Books About Residential Schools To Read With Your Kids, by Chantelle Belrichard at CBC News

Ten Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race, by Angela Watson at Cornerstone For Teachers

Two Schools In Mississippi and a Lesson on Race & Inequality in America, by Jamiles Lartey at The Guardian  

Where Are the Teachers Of Color? by Motoko Rich in the New York Times

Why I Teach My 2-Year-Old About Race, by Michelle Acker Perez at the Washington Post

Black Men’s Sentences 20% Longer Than White Men’s for Similar Crimes, by Sarah Ruiz-Grossman at Huffington Post

The Counted: This interactive database of people killed by police in the U.S. is continually updated. From The Guardian

Court costs entrap nonwhite, poor juvenile offenders, by Erik Eckholm at the New York Times

Did Slavery End in 1865? a video with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative

First Reparations Program for Victims of Police Violence, by Zach Stafford at The Nation

Free online tool for police to determine if they are enacting bias in traffic stops, from RTI International

Infographic on Education vs. Incarceration

 Lifesaving Advice From A Black Woman Held At Gunpoint By Police, by Tonya Jameson at The Undefeated

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Police Originated From Slave Catching Patrols, from NAACP

Series on mass incarceration from The Atlantic, September 2015

Slavery Never Died, It Reinvented Itself, an article about mass incarceration by Whitney Bens at The Atlantic

Slavery To Mass Incarceration, a 6 minute video with nice graphics by the Equal Justice Initiative

U.S. Police Chiefs Group Apologizes For Historical Mistreatment of Minorities, by Tom Jackman at the Washington Post

Van Jones: How Prisons Hurt Communities, from AJ+

Who’s Most Likely to be Killed by Police? by Simon Moya-Smith in Indian Country Today, via CNN

Ancestral Pride: Indigenous Reoccupation of Ancestral Lands

Church Considers Request to Rescind Doctrine of Discovery, by Paul Barnsley at APTN

Colonization and Decolonization: A Manual For Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century by Zig-Zag

Cultural Etiquette, A Guide for the Well Intentioned, a book by Amoja Three Rivers

The Decolonial Atlas: Reimagining The World

Decolonization, Indigineity, Education, and Society

For Indigenous Eyes Only: Beginning Decolonization by Waziyatawin & Michael Yellow Bird

A Gentle Reminder That Jesus Was A Brown Middle Eastern Refugee Who Would Not Have Voted for Trump, by Sara Benincasa at Medium.com

Groundwork for Change provides information to help non-Indigenous (settler) peoples grow relationships with Indigenous peoples that are rooted in justice and solidarity.

Hawaiians Fight for Sovereignity, a video from AJ+

Indigenous Systems Are Resistance, from Indigenous Motherhood

It’s no confederate flag, but the Massachusetts state seal is still pretty awful, by Yvonne Abraham at the Boston Globe

Native Hawaiian Woman Responds to Racist Caller, a video from Nation 19

On Indigenous People’s Day, from Awakening The Horse

An Open Letter to White People on Becoming Indigenous, by Adebayo Akomolafe at Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory and Practice

Returning Communities, A Reparative Justice Project of Land Return and Remembrance, from Awakening the Horse People

Sacred Stone Camp, website and Facebook

The Significance of Acknowledging the Indigenous Land We Stand On, by Ramna Shahzad at CBC News

Tribe Wants To Kick Rich People Out Of The Hamptons, by Justin Doolittle at Vice.Com

Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory and Practice

Why Racial Justice Work Needs To Address Settler Colonialism and Native Rights by Rachel Kuo at Everyday Feminism

You Are Still Being Lied To: Howard Zinn’s “Columbus & Western Civilization,” from Unsettling America

The Model Minority Is a Lever of White Supremacy by Scot Nakagawa at Race Files

Racist U.S. court rulings deny citizenship to American Samoans, from Pema Levy at Mother Jones

The Real Story of Asians In America, by Zac Cheney-Rice at Identities.Mic

#ThisIs 2016: Asian Americans Respond, from the New York Times

And a response to #ThisIs2016: Open Letter To The New York Times Who Told Brown Asians They Don’t Matter, by EJR David at the Huffington Post

When My Japanese-American Family Was Treated As Less Than Human, by Mike Honda at Reuters

Yellowface & Racism Against Asians Is As Important As Other Prejudices, by Carmen Fishwick at The Guardian

… Also see our Black Lives Matter and Reparations pages.

1619 Project — In 2019, the New York Times began a project to observe the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in what would become the United States. Numerous articles have been published under this series.

African Americans Have Lost Untold Acres Over Last Century, by Leah Douglas at The Nation

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes, an interactive map from Slate Black History Month

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nahisi Coates

Bino & Fino:  Books Celebrating Black Boys

Black History in Greenfield, MA, by John Putnam, Abolitionist & The Father of Contradance

Black Privilege, a poem by Crystal Valentine

The Black Radical Tradition, a compilation of writings put together by libcom.org

Boston’s slavery ties deepened by findings at First Church in Roxbury by Tiana Woodard in the Boston Globe

Could Black People in the U.S. Qualify As Refugees? by Raha Jorjani in the Washington Post

Crossing the Waters Cultural Exchange Institute, building alliances between artists and others in the U.S. with groups in Africa

The Destruction of Black Wall Street by Josie Pickens at Ebony

Disowning Slavery, Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England 1780–1860, by Joanne Pope Melish

Equal Justice Initiative: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror

Found Voices, recordings of slave narratives, from ABC News, 1999

Forgotten Martin Luther King Quotes that Show He Was a Revolutionary, by Jenee Desmond-Harris on Vox

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project — African American Family Records From time of slavery free on line

Hey Black America, Let’s All Ditch Our Slave Names, by Zaron Burnett at The Bigger Picture

The Hidden History of Slavery in New England

How fugitive slaves kept their freedom deep in the swamps, by Richard Grant at the Smithsonian Museum

Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia — Using objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice

New Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, AL Dedicated To  Victims of White Supremacy, by  at the New York Times

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

National Museum of African American History & Culture

New database will document burial sites of U.S. slaves, by Allison Meier at Hyperallergic

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy

Race & Recovery 10 Years After Katrina, an infographic by Miriam Zoila Perez at Colorlines

Retracing Slavery’s Trail of Tears: From the Tobacco South to the Cotton South, by Edward Ball at The Smithsonian

Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, a book by Dr. Robert H. Romer of Amherst, MA

Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North, by C.S. Manegold

Baltimore Racial Justice Action offers classes, learning groups, and educational events, and does consulting work (Baltimore, MD)

Center for the Study of White American Culture offers training on What White People Can Do About Racism and more

Coming To The Table

Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training

People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

Race Forward

Stir Fry Seminars: training to “honor differences through dialogue and support communities to view diversity as a gift and a contribution”

Training For Change

Undoing Racism Organizing Collective, Springfield, MA

White Privilege Conference

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