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Activism Books and Readings
Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change by
Call Number: 303.4 G769 and E-BOOK
Publication Date: 2017
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.
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back by
Call Number: 305.235097 C619h and E-BOOK
Publication Date: 2012
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
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.
Tweets and Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism by
Call Number: E-BOOK
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.
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement by
Call Number: E-BOOK
Publication Date: 2018
A manifesto from one of America's most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition. Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist.
Protestor and Activist Resources
Protestors' Rights, American Civil Liberties Union
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 -- Minneapolis Uprising & Beyond, Indigo (@botanicaldyke)
This Google document, created by an activist, covers: Legal Services and Bail Support; Advice for Protesting and Social Media; Bail Funds, Memorial Funds, Organizations & Mutual Aid; International Solidarity and Resources; and Misc Mutual Aid and Community Projects.
Ways You Can Help, Nico
Wondering what you can do? This page from the Black Lives Matter website provides links to ways one can be meaningfully, actively, anti-racist.
American Civil Liberties Union
"The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.
Black Visions Collective
Based in Twin Cities and Minnesota, this black, trans, and queer-led organization is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. They aim to shift the public narrative to create transformative and long-term change.
An online platform and organization that uses research-based policy solutions in attempts to end police brutality in America.
Color Of Change
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
"The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is the nation's oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. From the beginning, we were forged to fight the intractable — together."
National Civil Rights Museum
"Noted as one of the nation's premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally."