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Black Lives Matter and anti-racism resources

Aside from showing up at protests (wear a mask the whole time! to not spread COVID and to protect your identity!), talking with neighbors (I think I convinced an older white guy that being at a protest doesn’t mean you deserve tear gas), and donating money (scroll down for places), I’ve been reading and reflecting and flagging for follow-up. White supremacy is ingrained in nearly every aspect of my life. Recognizing it, unlearning it. and actively working against it is possible (and necessary!) and I’m in it for the long haul. If you’re tired of hearing about racism, imagine how tired Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are of experiencing and living it! Here are a list of articles, tweets, and organizations relevant to Black Lives Matter, protests, and anti-racism. Please read and share, and contact me if you have suggestions/corrections.

Articles I’ve read/on my to-read list

This is a mix of articles on current events and analysis of historical events that provide context for the current Black Lives Matter movement. I’ve put things in alphabetical order by author’s last name. You’re welcome to provide further suggestions!

Twitter threads that are extra super good

I’ve re-tweeted and signal-boosted lots on my twitter, but these threads get extra mention. Again, alphabetical by last name, where possible.

Organizations to donate to

Lansing-area twitter accounts to follow for protest and safety info

  • BLMLansing (FYI, they did not organize the May 31st protest; after a few hours of the nonviolent protest that formed, they strongly encouraged everyone to go home)
  • LansingDSA
  • BLMPolice and InghamScanner (tweets of what’s said on the police scanner)

Some more articles, while you’re here

If we’re mutuals on Instagram, you can also check out some info and resources I’ve saved to my IG Stories.

Take care 💖

Great podcast episodes

I got into podcasts maybe 6 months ago (I know, I’m like 10 years late to the game), and I really love them. I listen to them when I’m waking up and getting ready in the morning, driving, doing chores or tasks around the house, and working out. My podcast app of choice is Podcast Republic for Android, which lets me play episodes through my Chromecast when I’m at home, and it saves the podcast files to my phone’s SD card (where there’s a lot more space). Below are a list of my favourite podcasts so far (in alphabetical order) with a particularly great recent (or recent-ish) episode.

99% Invisible

99 percent invisible podcast logo: 10 by 10 small black squares with a yellow square towards the upper right
The gist of it: Design of everyday things
Recommended episodes: “Bijlmer (City of the Future, Part 1)”
“Blood, Sweat, and Tears (City of the Future, Part 2)”

By The Book


The gist of it: Living by a self-help book for two weeks
Recommended episodes: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck”
“Epilogue: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck”

Can I Pet Your Dog?


The gist of it: Dog-lovers talk about dogs they met
Recommended episode: “CIPYD 113: David Huntsberger Returns and the Brittany”

Hidden Brain


The gist of it: Life’s unseen patterns
Recommended episodes: “Men: 45, Women: 0”
“The Lonely American Man”

Invisibilia


The gist of it: Invisible forces that shape human behavior
Recommended episode: “I, I, I. Him.”

My Brother, My Brother and Me


The gist of it: Horrible advice for hilarious questions, or hilarious advice for horrible questions
I generally like all of them (except the live ones). If you’re new, ignore the backlog and just start listening.

Radiolab


The gist of it: Miscellany
Recommended episode: “Radiolab Presents: More Perfect – The Gun Show”

Revisionist History


The gist of it: Untold stories/perspectives in history
They’re all great, just start listening.

Revolutions


The gist of it: How revolutions shaped history
They’re all great, just jump in.

Rough Translation


The gist of it: American current events in international contexts
Recommended episode: “American Surrogate”

Self Care with Drs. Sarah


The gist of it: Academic self-care with two lady astronomers
Recommended episode: “Episode 19: Jealousy”
(I’ve loved every episode, but the one I link to is one that stuck with me extra)

Stuff Mom Never Told You


The gist of it: Feminism
They’re all great, just start listening.

Stuff You Missed in History Class


The gist of it: Untold stories/perspectives of history
They’re all great, just start listening.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know


The gist of it: Miscellany
They’re all great, just start listening.

The Memory Palace


The gist of it: Historical narratives
They’re all great, just start listening.

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!


The gist of it: Weekly news quiz with comedy
Recommended episode: “Andrew Farah”

Where Should We Begin?


The gist of it: Actual couples therapy sessions on deep issues
They’re all great. Work through the short archives.

Why donate monthly?

Why donate monthly to organizations
After the US federal election and subsequent strong increase in hate crimes and bullying of minorities (source), I and many others have decided to donate to organizations that protect and fight for human rights, civil liberties, and the environment. When you find the organizations you want to support (see below for a list), you get the option to donate once or donate monthly. Here’s why you should donate monthly.

They get to plan with a stable budget

With monthly donations, the organization can have a stable budget and make longer-term plans, instead of just building up and draining the coffers. This allows it to have paid staff with some semblance of job stability, and to take on projects or actions with a larger scope. It may only be $10-$20 from you each month, but when lots of people do that, it adds up. So you can even donate the same amount as you might do in a one-time lump (usually there’s a minimum donation of $5 or $10), but the way it’s structured is more beneficial for the organization’s planning.

Set it and forget it

Monthly donations are automatic, so they require no extra effort from you, and many organizations take PayPal in addition to credit cards. For me, it’s easier on my own budgeting to donate $15 per month than $180 all at once.

Organizations to support

Jezebel put together a list of organizations. Not on there that I also like: Trans Lifeline and the National Resources Defense Council. Also, local organizations in your community (crisis centers, education reform groups, advocacy groups, etc.).

But this is too many organizations!

Yes, it’s a lot. Pick a few that really speak to you and set up $10-$20 monthly donations. Maybe pick another few and do a one-time donation. You can, for example, donate to Lambda Legal or Planned Parenthood in honor of VP-elect Pence, and he’ll get a certificate stating so!

You can also sign up for email newsletters from organizations to get more involved in their local/state/national actions and campaigns.
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Two new blogs!

Two of my favourite people have new blogs! The first is my sister, Emily, who’s doing volunteer work in Asheville, North Carolina supported by the Presbyterian church, at Habitat for Humanity.

Emily
 

The second is my friend and “PhD-sister”, Catia, who has an eye for fashion and sews amazing clothes.

Check ’em out!