(Updated June 29, 2020) In the wake of recent racism-fueled violence – violence that echoes centuries of racist action across the nation and in Washington state – WA Charters is working to put together a list of anti-racist resources that may be helpful to our staff, community, networks, and sector.
Resources will be updated regularly. Are we missing something? Email email@example.com.
Racial Equity Tools Website: Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
RESOURCE HUBS AND TOOLKITS
- Anti-Racism and Racial Equity Resources from the California Charter Schools Association, including a broad list of accessible resources for school leaders, families, and community members
- Black Lives Matter Toolkit – Get Educated and Take Action
- Equity Pause Toolkit: a toolkit for organizations interested in taking an equity pause, auditing equity work, and making equity commitments
- Engaging and Learning Now! (Dr. Sandra Chapman’s Resource List)
- National Resource List: This Google document contains links to community bail funds, memorial funds, political education resources, organizations to put on your radar as well as general advice/tips for people attending protests or using social media as an organizing tool.
- Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work, a comprehensive list of resources, books, films, to read, and resources for white people
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources, a list of tiered resources for white people working toward anti-racism
- Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit For People of Color
- Strategies: Racial Equity Tools for Caucus and Affinity Groups
- Veterans of Hope Learning Resources, examples and ideas you can use to teach social justice history and develop community-building skills from the Veterans of Hope Project, a community-based educational initiative on religion, culture and participatory democracy.
HISTORY, CONTEXT, AND AWARENESS
Take time to learn the history of racism, policing, and the weaponization of the police by white people.
- From “brute” to “thug” the demonization and criminalization of unarmed Black male victims in America
- The Intersection of Race and Rape Viewed through the Prism of a Modern-Day Emmett Till
- Short but good read on the history of police brutality in this country
- Summary of the Kerner Commission report, produced in 1967 after several summers of riots in cities like Watts and Detroit
- The Chicago Tribune on the 1919 Race Riots & their legacy
- On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & how frequently misquoted and misunderstood he is in general, and especially by white people.
- Text of a May 1967 speech by Dr. King usually called the “Three Evils” speech that he gave in the context of the Vietnam War.
- 2015 Time magazine on riots in history – have they historically created change? A variety of voices and POVs on the topic are quoted.
- March 2020 Washington Post article on the continuing history of racial injustice in America and how it stems from the institution of slavery.
Be aware of acts of racism in your community.
DEI films, series, and podcasts
- 10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You
- The 13th
- Daughters of the Dust
- Eyes on the Prize
- Just Mercy
- Slavery by Another Name
- Seeing White podcast by Scene on Radio
- When They See Us
- Becoming an Anti-Racist White Ally: How a White Affinity Group can Help
- Books against policing and mass incarceration
- Educational Justice Reading List
- I Am So Tired
- Toolkit for Anti-Racism from the Seattle Public Library
- We Are Living in a Racism Pandemic
- Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not
Protest and support protesters.
- How to Protest Safely: What to Bring, What to Do, and What to Avoid
- Know your rights
- Wallet card: Know your protest and demonstration rights
- Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home
Join or start a racial justice group, take action, have hard conversations.
- 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma
- Michigan League for Public Policy 21 Day Equity Challenge
- Sign petitions
- Show Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Groups
- So what can you do in the face of two pandemics?
- Support the demands of the King County Equity Now Coalition
Use tools to support anti-racist leadership and policy decision making.
- Educate 78 – Anti-racist Leadership Through this Pandemic
- Race Forward – Equity Impact Assessment
- PSESD – Racial Equity Tool
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
- Elementary Fiction Featuring Characters of Color
- Hereweeread’s diverse and inclusive book recommendations for kids and adults
- K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd
- Talking About Race With Young Children
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
- Self-Care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma by Just Jasmine Blog
- Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week by Rachel Miller at Vice Magazine
- “The Safe Place” – an app geared towards Black community
- Black Mental Health website
- Melanin and Mental Health website
- NAAMI resources for BIPOC
- Therapy for Black Girls website
Support bailout of protestors in Seattle stepping up to disrupt racism.
Support other important anti-racist organizations and movements
- ACLU – Washington
- Equal Justice Initiative
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- I Run With Maud – Justice for Amaud Arbery Fundraiser
- Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition and Fundraiser
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- National Bailout Fund – Free Black Mamas (the website is a little slow, please have patience if you wish to donate)