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Activism Books and Readings
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back by
Call Number: 305.235097 C619h
Publication Date: 2012-07-02
Examines how youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities that affect urban youth of color.
Rules for Revolutionaries by
Call Number: 324.70973 B7111r
Publication Date: 2016-11-18
Fast-paced, provocative, and profound, this book stands as a liberating challenge to the low expectations and small thinking that dominates too many advocacy, non-profit, and campaigning organizations--and points the way forward to a future where political revolution is truly possible.
Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change by
Call Number: 303.4 G769
Publication Date: 2017-03-29
This book seeks to explore the intersection of grassroots leadership and the arts for social change by accentuating the many victories artists have won for humanity.
Tweets and Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism by
Publication Date: 2012
'Tweets and the Streets' analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the 'indignados' protests in Spain, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest.
Protestor and Activist Resources
From the ACLU. The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest. However, police and other government officials are allowed to place certain narrow restrictions on the exercise of speech rights. Make sure you’re prepared by brushing up on your rights before heading out into the streets.
Natl Resource List #GeorgeFloyd
This Google document contains many of the community bail funds, memorial funds, political education resources, the names of organizations to put on your radar, and general advice/tips for people attending protests or using social media as an organizing tool.
U.S. Government Information: Protests Against Police Brutality (2020)
Compilation of federal statements, actions, etc. related to protests following the killing of George Floyd. List produced by Geisel Library, University of California San Diego.
Ways You Can Help
Wondering what you can do? This page from the Black Lives Matter website provides links to ways one can be meaningfully, actively, anti-racist.
Resistance/Bail Funds by State
Spreadsheet of bail funds helping protestors by state! Protesting with the risk of arrest is only effective if people can do it sustainably, continuing to put pressure on the criminal justice system to make changes. Also, money sent back to bail funds after the conclusion of an individual's case can be re-used!
Resources for Fighting Racism in Libraries
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
In 1970, BCALA began its mission to serve as an advocate for the development, promotion and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African Americans. BCALA is comprised of individual members and affiliates throughout the United States.
Disrupting Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: A Reading List
This bibliography contains citations and links (when available) to resources focused on race, racism, and disrupting whiteness and white supremacy in libraries. Particular emphasis is placed on the field of library and information science and librarianship as a profession. The resources are organized by topic; non-LIS-specific resources can be found at the bottom of the list. Updates to the list will be highlighted at the top with the date. “New” indicates a new addition to this guide, not necessarily a newly-published resource.
Niche Academy Webinar: Dismantling Instiutional Racism In Your Library, June 24, 2020
One of the major barriers to dismantling institutional racism is a lack of effective vocabulary, analysis, and principles. Libraries have the potential to be at the forefront of efforts to dismantle racism in our country. Tobin Miller Shearer, PhD, introduces you to training on field-tested and research-based concepts you can use to address both issues of institutional racism in your own organization and in the communities to which you connect and serve.
Libraries Respond: Black Lives Matter
In late spring 2020, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world gathered in large and small demonstrations to protest the murder of George Floyd and draw attention to the ongoing systemic issue of police violence. The protests calling for justice give voice to trauma and justified anger in Black communities terrorized by centuries of police violence and anti-Black racism. Although the pandemic-induced threat of layoffs and high unemployment, lack of health resources, challenges in education, and insecure housing are new to many, Black and Brown communities across the nation have had to contend with these challenges as daily facts of life.
The librarian profession suffers from a persistent lack of racial and ethnic diversity that shows few signs of improving. In 2018, just 6.8 percent of librarians identified as Black or African American.
Many people are feeling helpless, but there are many ways we can center the voices and experiences of Black library workers, the Black community, support the broader Black Lives Matter movement, fight against police violence, and help the cause of racial justice.
Mission: Provide professional expertise on cultural heritage archiving and preservation practices to document historically underdocumented communities.
Vision: By helping individuals and organizations inventory, document, and preserve all aspects of humanity, we aim to empower people to use the past to speculate on or create through direct action radical, liberatory and inclusive futures for us all.