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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.

Framework-Building
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.  

Action Toolkits
Here are some concrete tools and starting places to find even more.

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.

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)

NOW
by Audre Lorde

Woman power
is
Black power
is
human power
is
always feeling
my heart beats
as my eyes open
as my hands move
as my mouth speaks

I am
are you

Ready?

(1973)