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Resources in the fight for racial justicePosted
The following resources are here to help Angelenos who are interested in learning more about anti-racism and taking action in support of the Black community. We've compiled these resources from our partners in Los Angeles, frontline advocacy organizations, and leaders in the fight for racial justice; we acknowledge that it is not an exhaustive list, but just a start.
If you know of other resources, please submit them through this form. Note: LA2050 is not coordinating the efforts on these lists. We are compiling and amplifying the resources sent to us.
- Check out the Los Angeles Public Library's Black Lives Matter reading and listening list
- Read Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Anti-Racist to learn how we can uproot racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves
- Look through this Anti-racist Reading List compiled by Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage
- Sign up for Race Forward's Building Racial Equity series, a collection of interactive, virtual trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity.
- Check out the Obama Foundation's "Anguish and Action" Guide
- Read one of these books now at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list:
- Read the New York Times' 1619 Project to further understand the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative
- Listen to the New York Times' 1619 podcast
- Join Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization, in helping people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us and creating a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
- Read Ta-Nehisi Coates's "The Case for Reparations"
- Read Roxane Gay's “Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us" where she writes: “Eventually doctors will develop a coronavirus vaccine, but black people will continue to wait for a cure for racism."
- Read Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis to illuminate the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world
- Read Campaign Zero's 10 policy solutions to change the way police serve our communities
- Watch Netflix's 13th by Ava DuVernay, a documentary about the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom
- Watch When They See Us, a mini-series by Ava Duvernay on Netflix
- Read “Stop Killing Us: A Real Life Nightmare" by Tamika Butler
- Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which details the history of mass incarceration in the United States
- For those in philanthropy, watch the Southern California Grantmakers webinar: What You Can Do to Support Black Communities: Calling Philanthropy Into Action
- Read Barack Obama's How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
- Watch Janaya Future Khan's video “a sermon on the project of whiteness"
- Watch Let's Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students
- Read Teaching For Black Lives
- Read American While Black: African Americans, Immigration, and the Limits of Citizenship by Niambi Michele Carter
- Watch Ted Talk Opal Tometi's (Black Lives Matter founder) address to the UN General Assembly
- Initiate conversations about race, racism, and racial justice
- Check out LAist's "Racism 101" guide, a detailed guide to help you talk about racism, including conversation-starters
- Take a look at embRACE LA's comprehensive dialogue toolkit to support you in facilitating dialogues about race
- Use these guides to be anti-racist
- Here are some practical and important ways white Americans can fight for racial justice
- Talk to your organization's leadership about how white supremacy culture shows up in your workplace (through perfectionism, either/or thinking, worship of the written word, and more)
- Use Race Forward's Race Equity Impact Assessment toolkit in your organizational planning and decision-making to evaluate how different racial or ethnic groups will likely be affected by your actions
- Educators: check out this guide from Facing History and Ourselves on how to lead a discussion with your class "Reflecting on George Floyd's Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans"
- Teach your children about Black history and engage them in discussions about race
- Check out this guide from PBS: Teaching Your Child About Black History
- Looking for resources to engage your children? Start here: Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- Find tools to share with your children from this NY Times piece: "These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids"
- Find a diverse set of books for your children
- Read about how to raise race conscious children
- Donate to organizations on the frontlines
- Check out this guide from a criminal justice reform expert on donating effectively
- Advancement Project California promotes racial equity and build a foundation so that every Californian may thrive
- Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) builds grassroots power to create social and economic justice
- Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA
- Justice LA works to reinvest dollars away from incarceration and into community-based systems of care
- Youth Justice LA challenges the addiction to incarceration and race, gender and class discrimination in Los Angeles County
- Anti Racism Coalition (ARC) works to end mass incarceration in California
- The California Black Census and Redistricting Hub is focused on maximizing participation in the upcoming census and redistricting process among hard to count Black communities.
- Black Women for Wellness is committed to the well-being of Black women through health education, empowerment, and advocacy
- ACLU Southern California defends the fundamental rights outlined in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society
- Vera Institute of Justice urgently builds and improves justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities
- Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality
- NAACP Legal Defense Fun (LDF) seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans
- Check out Liberty Hill's list of Los Angeles Organization's Committed to Black Lives
- Find other organizations advocating alongside and serving in our local communities on the My LA2050 Ideas Archive
- Support Black-owned businesses
- View a list of black-owned businesses you can buy from
- Look through this list of LA's Black-owned restaurants
- Support these Black-led organizations
- Buy from Black-owned fashion brands
- Buy from this list of 150 Black-owned businesses
- Support these Black-owned book stores
- Check out these 85 Black-owned food businesses in L.A.
Know your rights and care for yourself:
- ACLU's guide to:
- Protestors Have Rights: Here's What To Do If You Get Arrested
- Mental Health Resources For And By People of Color
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