“To Do” Resources
We are collectively and currently experiencing a time of political and civil unrest in the United States of America. You may have noticed this from the following events: the current presidential election laced with violent and hateful speech; multiple killings of African Americans by the hands of police; rampant racism; codified rape culture; and the possibility of fascism being voted in to replace democracy in this country. These events can leave a person feeling angry and hopeless, but contributing to positive change can be cathartic and empowering.
Below are a list of some places to start and some inspiration:
Black Lives Matter movement:
Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
Learn more and find a chapter: http://blacklivesmatter.com/
Know Your Rights by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union):
Learn More Here: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights
Check Your Privilege:
Privilege is unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.
End Rape on Campus Campaign: (Graphic designed by Tary Nelson)
End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
Learn More at: http://endrapeoncampus.org/
Engagement Pyramid by Gideon Rosenblatt:
The pyramid can help you think about range of engagement, your current level, and other levels. It is used by organizations, such as Green Peace, but I think it can also be used by individuals as a reflective tool.