August 14, 2020 | Sarah
Resources for Transforming Our Community, Together!
Thank you to all who read and shared our Black Lives Matter Resource Guide. Thanks also to attendees of our McLib Live: Making a Difference and Getting Involved webinar. For those who are digging in but want some good reads and watches for sharpening your strategy, we’ve compiled this list just for you.
Effective organizing is a hodgepodge of shared historical study of what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what’s led us to where we are right now. It includes trying things out without fear of failure or feedback, because we’re all always learning – together! These titles are selected to inform our lens we use to evaluate any given issue. And remember, they are only a starting point. If you ever want support in research, especially in checking the sources of your nonfiction reads, we’re here to help.
- Our Black Lives Matter Resource Guide (Article)
- As Black As Resistance by Zoé Samudzi and William C. Anderson (HOOPLA e-Book)
- Deciding for Ourselves by Various Authors (HOOPLA e-Book)
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (HOOPLA e-Audiobook)
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis (HOOPLA e-Book, e-Audiobook)
- How to Organize a Community by Global Freedom Movement (Article)
- Showing Up For Racial Justice (Website)
- There is Honor in the Struggle, There is Honor in the Work by Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
Here are some concrete tools and starting places to find even more.
- This Recording of McLib Live: Making a Difference and Getting Involved
- Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown (HOOPLA eBook). Includes activities for community organizing meetings.
- A Guide to Activism in the Digital Age by Maryville University
- Tools for White Anti-Racist Organizing by Catalyst Project
- Action Tools by DismantlingRacism.org (Website)
- Prospect Identification: You Already Know All the People You Need to Know To Raise All the Money You Want to Raise by Kim Klein via Catalyst Project
- Anti-Racist Organizational Assessment by Catalyst Project
Conflict Transformation, Self-Work, and Trauma-Informed Organizing
Change for the better can be messy! We all bring our full selves, and those selves can include trauma, hang-ups, and growth areas. These resources are selected around themes of Community Care, healing and becoming our best collective selves.
- Turn this World Inside Out by Nora Samaran (HOOPLA eBook)
- Little Book of Conflict Transformation by John Paul Lederach (HOOPLA eBook)
- Beyond Survival by Various Authors (HOOPLA eBook)
- The Freedom of Real Apologies by On Being podcast with Layli Long Soldier (Podcast)
- Love Your Enemies by Metta Hour Podcast (Podcast)
- The Practices We Need by How To Survive the End of the World podcast with Mariame Kaba (Podcast)
- Starting with Each Other by Mia Mingus via Catalyst Project (Article)
- 3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In by Maisha Z. Johnson (Article)
- 6 Signs Your Call-Out Isn’t Actually About Accountability by Maisha Z. Johnson (Article)
- General Tips for Addressing Conflict via Catalyst Project
Science Fiction for Social Change
“All organizing is science fiction” -Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha in Octavia’s Brood
We can imagine our collective future by reading sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction. This is also a great way to give your brain a break.
- Earthseed Series by Octavia Butler (Regular Print, HOOPLA eBook)
- The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Regular Print)
- A People’s Future of the United States by Various Authors (Regular Print)
- Palestine +100 Stories From A Century After The Nakba by Various Authors (Regular Print)
- The Marrow Thieves by Dimaline, Cherie (Young Adult Fiction)
by Audre Lorde
my heart beats
as my eyes open
as my hands move
as my mouth speaks