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Amazing restaurant by Santa Monica beach. Interesting and complex flavors for charcuterie boards and main dishes. One of the best.
Considers the ways that higher ed is being co-opted for “free speech” that advances a white supremacist agenda.
What if refugees were integrated and empowered? "All across Europe, oceans of housing lie empty"--why can't we find solutions?
A reminder that change is possible. And that relationships are a major influence on that change. Also that remorse is empty without future action to address the problem.
Higher education is under attack, and the approach of exploiting faculty and devaluing teaching is troubling. An alternative vision is possible.
Not much sympathy for the anxiety of the wealthy, but it is definitely true that excessive wealth is the problem. And its good to have an example of wealthy people trying to address the inequity from which they benefit (https://resourcegeneration.org/)
Students' response to the Parkland school shooting: protest, resist, challenge the system. Courageous. Also presents the normalization of school shootings and gun culture.
Boundaries, triggering, obligation, help, breathe, grounding, self-care.
Some perspectives from some American women who wear hijab.
Inspirational message about how civic engagement works and what people are doing.
The amazing story of Fred Korematsu and others involved in the 1983 decision.
Rare persepective on Israel from someone who lived through all of the history.
Good checklist about White faculty who "value diversity" but don't take action
A call out of the Chronicle of Higher Education's request to FoC to share experiences, with a great list of ways to undermine White supremacy in the academy through action rather than voyeurism
Reactions to the law, with links to background information.
A reaction to the law from a Palestinian member of Israel's parliament.
Constructive and destructive criticism, effective strategies, primarily in a university environment.
Documents glass ceiling for AsAms, providing statistics in research in multiple professions including tech, law, banking, accounting, and generally.
article "Always on my mind"   60
A collection of photos and statements from older Palestinian refugees, together with signs of their names placed in their locations of origin, often within walking distance.
Provides a good overview of historical and contemporary context citing research.
Israeli racist laws and colonial policies represent the Israeli government and not the Jewish people.
The need for open access to taxpayer funded research, Sci-Hub, the Public Library of Science, and Plan S. Why activists like Alexandra Elbakyan and Aaron Swartz, along with advocates like Stevan Harnad, Björn Brembs, Peter Suber and Michael Eisen are heroes.
video Reverse Racism   80
Reverse racism de-mystified with historical and systemic context and meaning.
Several suggestions, including a shift from access to abortion towards a movement for bodily autonomy.
Target the opportunity. Put the most important and relevant things first.
Really clear explanation as to why round-robin pronoun introductions are not a good idea.
Some clear perspective on a few common types of statements regarding mentally ill folks and psychiatry.
Compelling personal testimony, perspective and call to action from a white professional basketball player.
Apparently a large percentage of the population perceives attention to problematic racial terms as a display of cultural superiority rather than a concern for social justice.
Sweden is choosing between immigration as an investment in resources or a separatist hierarchical model. The first is high cost, the second could unravel the country.
Debunks some common myths and describes a few types of publishable articles.
provides direct streamlined models for how to critically examine literature to determine the central arguments, key concepts, and implications.
Tips for students to manage time and see more clearly what their time commitments actually are.
Syllabus for a project based course focused on teaching about social justice, including necessary awareness, knowledge, and skills. Uses a project-based approach.
Stellar article calling for psychologists to move beyond remedial care to more actively engage SJ as systemic change.
A stellar article that considers defensiveness and White fragility in depth. Helps students understand the central role of ally development in activism.
article Wellness as Fairness   100
Central and stellar article addressing how psychological health is not possible without justice. Provides clear discussion of justice beyond resource allocation such as procedural and relational justice.
Raises questions about whether counseling psych should be more tolerant of “moral diversity,” acknowledging that counseling psychologists may not agree on what is just, refraining from judging other professionals, and considering how values and motivations other than social justice might be central to counseling psych. Good article to explore the role of SJ in counseling psych.
A good initial overview with basic definitions and approaches for activism directed at policy.
An example of therapy training social justice classes.
An example of teaching higher ed general social justice.
An example of teaching higher ed general social justice.
An example of research methods and social justice.
An example of research methods and social justice.
An example of research methods and social justice. Also see these related articles: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sound-science-sound-policy/201510/nature-survival and https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sound-science-sound-policy/201509/crossing-the-line
An example of psychotherapy counseling social justice.
An example of psychotherapy counseling social justice.
An example of organizational consulting for multicultural social justice.
An example of organizational consulting for multicultural social justice.
An example of organizational consulting for multicultural social justice.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of Community and Higher Ed social justice intervention.
An example of arts and social justice (community and psychology)
An example of arts and social justice (community and psychology)
An example of arts and social justice (community and psychology)
An example of arts and social justice (community and psychology)
An example of arts and social justice (community and psychology)
An example of arts and social justice (community and psychology)
An example of advocacy for social justice within psych orgs and academe.
An example of advocacy for social justice within psych orgs and academe.
An example of advocacy for social justice within psych orgs and academe.
An example of advocacy from psychology organizations and service providers to affect policy.
article Advocacy Required!   90
An example of advocacy from psychology organizations and service providers to affect policy.
An example of advocacy from psychology organizations and service providers to affect policy.
An example of advocacy from psychology organizations and service providers to affect policy.
Exploration of challenges of working across privilege, how we are shaped or caught by socialization in our own positionally to not see our own privilege.
Great article describing divide and conquer amongst racial minority groups. Can use as foundation of discussion of coalition building among PoC or interjectionally (e.g. with Finnerty, Srivistava, Sengupta).
An overview of where clinical and counseling psych are in relation to engaging SJ issues.
Challenges students to consider how being too focused on single oppressed identities may undermine social justice goals and necessary coalitions.
Discusses complexity of intersectionality. Encourages students to consider the pros and cons of having intersectional privilege.
An example of action from a privileged space.
Normalizes anger and helps students consider the relation of anger to action.
A great article on burnout that catalyzes discussion of how to engage AND how psychology might contribute by supporting the well being of activists.
A good article that helps students see that there is no perfect activism and consider what it means to be an activist vs to do activism.
Practical resource for social justice projects, particularly projects that are more movement based and aimed at addressing policy or creating more immediate concrete and identifiable changes that are controlled by particular people, groups, or orgs.
Considers insider activism—activism working with the system to change the system, which helps students understand that working as a psychologist within psych is an insider stance.
An important article to challenge US students’ lack of knowledge about activism beyond the US, helps students realize that SJ activism needs to be directed from within to avoid paternalism.
Discusses different ways that emotion relates to SJ activism and movements. Provokes discussion on how psychologists’ particular training and skills related to working with emotions can contribute to activism and movements.
Discusses identity based movements. For psychologists, moves beyond identity as category and how groups form to consider the complexities of collective interests and advocacy.
Discusses SJ actions as lifestyle, integrated. Provokes discussion of how to engage in SJ actions on a more daily basis, and questions about what is effective activism and what is the goal for change.
Provides an overview of SJ as social movements. Psychologists rarely talk about SJ this way, but social movements are what others often mean when they say activism. A critical interdisciplinary grounding for psychologists.
A critical analysis of two organizational efforts of psych to engage SJ from an anti-capitalist lens. Raises good questions and critiques, pessimistically concluding “great expectations, failed aspirations.” Good for engaging students’ critical thinking about working for SJ within a mainstream org/area (such as psych).
Good article for exploring connections of psych and SJ in practice, research, and as an agenda within the discipline - generally optimistic about connections.
Why won’t more people take action against wide spread injustice? Uses a review social psych research to explore how people understand social justice and why they might participate in injustice.
A really wonderful article that raises central questions for students about cultural impacts on meanings of social justice, and activism. “The purpose of this article is to introduce “walking in beauty,” an American Indian spiritual perspective related to social justice that emphasizes beauty, harmony, connectedness/unity of experience, and imagination. Walking in beauty includes 3 processes: embodiment, creativity, and appreciation of the sublime."
Provides a model of empowerment based on the individual’s goals and agency. Individual based but not paternalistic.
Reports on research showing that increases in tuition lead to decrease in diversity, especially for less competitive public universities.
Beautifully done dance video that captures the range of emotions and tensions, ending with a re-connection.
Resistance to the single story or single vie of what it means to be Muslim in the U.S. Reflects the diversity of Muslims and offers some great initiatives
Good practical advice. "These backlashes against social justice scholarship and activism are a reminder of the pervasive nature of everyday white supremacy in our culture."
What Is an Inclusion Rider? Here’s an Explainer. A way to promote equity and access by using power to ensure change for others.
Excellent overview of longitudinal research showing the effects of race on employment, education, and social class mobility. And protective factors. Disaggregates by gender and immigration.
Digital Toolkit for Staff to Help Support Students’ Mental Health --wide range of issues and guidance for actually interacting with students. Pretty basic, rather than thorough or contextualized, but a really good beginning place.
Some really good insight and advice for understanding grad school experience, how grad school is different than undergrad, and the need to understand yourself as a grad student as a developing expert.
Advice for psych doctoral students, particularly those more oriented toward being academics.
Offers three concrete ways to respond to oppression. The strategy of asking questions (rather than making statements to convince or argue) is one I have found especially effective.
A good but very basic introduction to why "positive" stereotypes aren't positive.
Analysis of the attack on “liberal education.” Emphasizes erosion of diversity inititiatives aimed at equity, the co-opting of oppression and minority status, and the detrimental consequences of protecting hate and bigotry in the name of equality, “civility," and free speech.
Playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race is dangerous and counterproductive. Addresses issues related to how "equal" voice is not at all equitable.
Thanksgiving—a myth, a day of mourning, a loss, a family connection. A possible reframe to focus on resiliency and survival and a day of truth?
Bias in mentoring and response from faculty. "Racial bias was most evident against Asian students, which surprised researchers…”. Depressing, not surprising. Good documentation of congtinued bias, bias which is often denied or overlooked.
Why "taking a knee" is seen as so objectionable and the relation of prilviege to resistance (the good kind) and resistance (the bad kind).
Nobody knows how many hate crimes and bias incidents take place each year in the U.S. Help @DocumentHate track them, which is helpful for education and resistance.
The importance of remember, not covering up. Historical analysis and connections: "Justifying and erasing hundreds of years of white-on-black violence has left many Americans ill-equipped to make sense of racist violence today."
Research analysis of free speech "defense" and underlying bias and motivation. "People pull out free speech when they're defending racist speech, but not when they're defending simply aggressive, or negative speech." And about how language normalizes social attitudes: "norms for prejudice are becoming more tolerant of prejudice even beyond what Trump targeted. So the bad news is that it seems that all prejudices are becoming somewhat more acceptable as the course goes on."
24 Books That Teach About Social Justice. Picture to chapter books. Picture books are great for reading aloud in college, too!
teaching social justice: resources, blog, video interviews, etc. Strategies and content
A guide for selecting social justice books for all ages. Reviews with social justice criteria
Taking action--social media and advocacy with congress and the White House. With samples. #DACA
Concise and clear relation of specific current events to the need for a moral movement.
"You cannot have a little injustice and call it justice." Calling for actual accountability for racism and White privilege and supremacy. Now.
Sexual torture: American policing and the harassment of black men. "stop-and-frisks are brutal assertions of police dominance of the streets."
Anti-Nazi film from 1947. Major connections with current 2017 times. Addresses the central strategy of divide and conquer, centers the manipulation of information and the consequences of race. See also: https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/14/dont-be-a-sucker-anti-nazi-film-charlottesville
A good distinction between diversity and inclusion versus and social justice and equity in higher education. How colleges are doing the former and why its not enough.
A focus on economic fairness while downplaying racial and gender disparity is not a unifying platform.
Revitalization, social challenges and rewards, more complex interactions.
A frequently overlooked example of Americans fighting fascism in the past, with some applicability today.
Police officer makes the right call to not take a life and loses his job.
General description, background and illustrative quotes from the march for science in DC.
Growing push to address the need to switch to a renewable energy basis. Actions nationally and locally.
Some personal experience and perspective on the Japanese internment.
Insights on LGBT folks in the military and what is required for leadership.
Well researched response to the resurgence of tired arguments trying to divide Asians and Blacks. Good point about avoiding responsibility for addressing racism.
Solid overview with lots of helpful background. Good starting point.
Comforting to see a significant turnout in support of science. Article has Links to videos showing turnout.
Description and perspective on the deep problems ignoring intersectionality in the ongoing attack on science and fact.
Some quotes from Michael Cox EPA resignation, and perspectives from those staying to continue to try serve the public good.
In the latest retaliation against faculty criticizing the school's anti-LGBT stance, the Gordon College president refuses to promote a professor despite unanimous promotion recommendation by the faculty senate. The entire faculty senate resigns.
Really helpful general overview of the legal immigration system covered in 5 minutes. If you're not familiar with it, this is worth your time.
Sydney University is using a MOOC to teach Indigenous history to a maximum possible audience. Content developed by Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine from the National Centre for Cultural Competency.
article Wall of Us   90
Four concrete acts of resistance delivered to your inbox each week. Great collection of defensive victories so far in the brick-by-brick section.
Resources for the resistance, conveniently broken out into Get Involved, Make A Plan, and Protect Yourself categories.
article News & Guts Media   80
News and commentary with integrity.
News and commentary with integrity.
A great series of interviews focused on resistance all in one place.
Private prisons are rewarded for locking people up. Now they are moving into slave labor.
Really great they finally acknowledged this, even if it was a long time coming. Harvard has an opportunity now to do something significant moving forward and we can hope they take it.
Great selection of testimonials from other transgender Americans supporting Gavin Grimm. The full AMICI CURIAE is available at http://www.transgenderlegal.org/media/uploads/doc_717.pdf
Take the day if you feel you can. Alternative actions and solidarity if not.
Some illuminating personal experience from the perspective of one transgender person.
Some good points and framing perspective when working together in resistance.
The fight against the unnecessary and harmful pipeline(s) continues.
Sheriff reassigns 10 deputies to more pressing work and saves taxpayers around $675,000/year.
Great imagery over an amazing speech. Absolutely worth two minutes of your time to watch and listen.
Great to see this level of international support for indigenous rights and the environment.
Great to see major philanthropic foundations stepping up to fill the holes being torn into the fabric of humanity. They shouldn't have to do this, but very glad that they are.
Great to see this being tracked on a dedicated site for reference access.
Day of Remembrance statement of solidarity describing the parallels that are becoming increasingly all too clear.
Well balanced example of how political discourse and processes have changed.
Propaganda machine now targeting Musk to try squash green tech.
Haters are gaming the search engines and using ad targeting to track down to individual levels.
How administration policies can increase radicalization of Muslims.
Perspective on immigrants and the importance of showing up for demonstrations for those of us not at risk.
Well stated points on hard science and racism, with some great background summaries.
Then as now, many Americans don't seem to recognize the damage to their own ideals when acting on prejudice.
Great balance for the executive branch stream. See also: https://www.facebook.com/senatorelizabethwarren/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
The latest historical step in fighting federal incursion in an area marked by a history of shameful actions.
One of the more inspiring actions winding its way through the legal system.
A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda. Advice for political activism.
Rule that brokers should have a responsibility to their customers is upheld, but still under fire.
Legal challenge to capricious executive orders violating the President's obligation to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed".
Validates distress of racism. Provides coping strategies.
article The Case for Reparations   100
A good, detailed, fact based case for reparations as justice, demonstrating the multiple and cumulative losses of racism. And the history of the precedent. "It is as though we have run up a credit-card bill and, having pledged to charge no more, remain befuddled that the balance does not disappear. The effects of that balance, interest accruing daily, are all around us."
Good overview of research on implicit bias, how to overcome it, and implications for police violence and bias
Challenges the myth that rich countries support poor countries--actually tax havens mean that poor countries give more $ to rich countries than the reverse.
article The Narcissist   90
Extensive psychological profile with background details and anecdotes.
Some good points on how the media might provide more realistic headlines.
For black immigrants, things were already extremely difficult. Important to keep in mind.
"The problem is not with the science per se, but with the set of an underlying assumptions about race that we always imprint on the latest science."
Useful guide to everyday intervention for all people who are able to help.
If the U.S. delays action on climate change, and the rest of the world follows suit, then it's a problem.
article Becoming Ugly   80
Powerful essay on how sexism and rape culture are normalized and on anger and resistance.
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/donald-trump-conflicts-of-interests/508382/
Apparently some members of the alt-right think other members are delusional.
Historical precedent for reframing the election as not having to do with racism and xenophobia.
Background on the authors of “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda,” activism manual.
"Many Americans seem far more interested in making sure that those they consider undeserving — basically, the poor — get nothing than in making sure that they themselves get something"
Helpful tips on presenting facts to people who have built up systems of belief that don't match.
A proposed immigration policy that would have blocked his own mother.
Perspective and hope from a black father. "This is who we are".
Generation gap vocabulary bridging and valuable comparative insights.
The intelligence community is not happy about being dismissed over facts it has stated.
Some examples of the transition process being messed up via Twitter.
"America’s public education system is a civic institution — the country’s most important, in fact — that can’t be run like a business without ensuring that some children will be winners and others will be losers, just like in business"
"We have an incredible opportunity in the wake of this election as LGBTQ people to lead by example"
Good summary overview of some environmental victories for the year. Hope.
Full details and analysis on the emoluments clause and it's applicability.
Trump could be impeached immediately on taking office, and that makes the dynamics interesting.
A couple of blatantly obvious cases of law enforcement and our justice system condoning racial violence.
Apparently media access is so limited we first heard about Trump's phone call with Putin via reports from the Kremlin.
The graphic novel format really manages to convey this scarily deeply.
One of the more comprehensive an thorough high level action plans.
"Finally, write your own list. Don’t just copy this down. Edit it. Disagree with it. Improve it. Print it up. Put it on the fridge. Argue about it. The point of any such list isn’t to give you a pathway; it is to help you find your own."
"According to the anti-commandeering doctrine, it’s unconstitutional for the federal government to impose “targeted, affirmative, coercive duties” upon state or local government officials"
Succinct and deeply uplifting. Mentions the internalization process and how communities are coming together now.
Using twitter to change nuclear policy is perhaps not the wisest approach.
A timely overview of Milgram's experiment and some useful strategies to keep in mind.
Some background on dismantling of the outdated and useless NSEERS program and other steps helping to avoid setting up a religious persecution database.
Great example of preparedness training and how it builds community.
Good background on undocumented Asian immigrants and their relationships to other undocumented groups.
The commons as one possible component of a new basis to build from.
article The Case for Resistance   100
Some well considered points on appropriate behavior and maximizing a few available opportunities.
"Always remember: The news media are in the eyeball business, not the information business." Article also helps illuminate our roles as consumers.
article How Republics End   100
Framing of the central question of maintaining a republic, and recognizing that.
Good concise summary of many of the things that are not normal about this election.
Making progress on climate change falls to municipalities, as both a challenge and economic opportunity.
What is the difference between “identity politics” and central issues of oppression, inequity, or social change that relate to identities. Is talking about racism identity politics and is calling out racial groups different than talking about racism? Can cultural discourse really be separated from politics or the efforts to access policy influence through politics? Is dismissing “identity politics” just another way to maintain White, male, upperclass privilege? Some central questions here, but you need to look beneath to find them because the interviewee thinks he already knows the answer.
article Useful Idiots Galore   70
Good concise summary of the election manipulation.
Good points on where Trump's vision is fixated, and how that is a national security problem.
The updated numbers. Perpetrators in several incidents mention Trump.
Some concrete actions to counter long ongoing efforts to restrict voting.
Useful summary categorizations, geolocation, and size numbers although "Hate groups aren’t truly declining — they’re just becoming more covert and secretive."
Links sexism (esp “benevolent” sexism) with racism, outting that the basis of both is the maintenance of white male supremacy. "his language and emotional appeals followed a familiar narrative around the fragility and purity of white womanhood that is central to white supremacy.”
The incoming administration really is less educated. In aggregate the comparison of outbound vs inbound personnel is staggering.
Racism is alive and well in North Dakota. Seems to be fairly easy to find examples even with a camera crew.
Some background on the chief executive of Exxon Mobil's foreign policy and disregard for national interests.
The problem with this is that it is blaming Obama. To me, it is not Obama's faith in White America that is the problem. It is that White America couldn't/didn't live up to that faith…
Very good point about the large number of people in need of psychiatric care that will be left untreated if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
We need to make the connections, not dismissing the intellectualism or the lived experience that is not couched in jargon with citations. "We deserve justice, and in order to win it we need to understand the complexities and nuances of power, of structural inequality, cultural production and hegemony, and every other concept and theory and abstraction that we need to claim our place as prophets of a new world."
Good numbers and analysis. The “where do we go from here” is most helpful here.
article My President Was Black   100
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ brief (but long, for an article) on Obama’s history, position, racialization, and more measured response to racism. And on the Whitelash at the root of the election outcome. “What Obama was able to offer white America is something very few African Americans could—trust. The vast majority of us are, necessarily, too crippled by our defenses to ever consider such a proposition. But Obama, through a mixture of ancestral connections and distance from the poisons of Jim Crow, can credibly and sincerely trust the majority population of this country. That trust is reinforced, not contradicted, by his blackness.”
Reactions to the open letter to James Clapper from the Electoral College (before the additional signers)
An important document as a request, this is also a very good summary of apparent interference known so far.
Logical arguments why it makes sense to postpone the electorate vote for a month and investigate any election interference.
A continuing inspirational presentation of strength, compassion, and sound advice.
Awareness numbers for the term "alt-right". Liberals and educated people are aware of it.
“I think not talking about hate crimes and racism is extremely dangerous because pretending the problem doesn’t exist does not make it go away,”
Followup to one of the most basic and hopeful race conversations to come out of this election time period.
"“If ever the Time should come, when vain & aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experiencd Patriots to prevent its Ruin.” - Samuel Adams
A better descriptive list than NY Times with more context on appointees past and positions.
Continuing to treat climate change as a question of belief, and making sure the U.S. is not leading.
More personal depth on the rebranding process, hiding the swastikas and looking mainstream.
"To gas light is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country.”
A rundown of the major Trump actions for the week. Even summarizing, it's quite a lot to take in.
Details on the process and mechanisms of silencing the press and going after journalists. Much of the current structure is just traditional.
Concise summary of the state of the presidency and weak-willed Republican majority leadership so far.
“The discomfort you feel when voicing your political beliefs (liberal or conservative) is not the same as being a member of a historically oppressed group.” A thoughtful differentiation of discomfort and oppression.
Solidarity, coalitions, and the need for the voices of black women who are at the intersection of so many social issues.
Some extremely practical and helpful advice based on lessons from history.
article The Tainted Election   80
“...nothing that happened on Election Day or is happening now is normal….It will also be crucial to maintain the heat over actual policies. “ #notmynormal
Priorities and points from one of more senior Democrat leaders.
Requiring photo ID for voting, and making it harder to get one.
Potential loss of sovereignty and culture through tribal-land privatization for gas and oil reserves.
Google got gamed and needs to step up their response to avoid continuing to be an active part of the problem.
Clear statement from a Republican presidential elector who does not believe the Electoral College can ignore determining if the candidate is qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence.
Some potent summary analysis and the need for real abolitionist politics.
The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule protecting American's retirement money takes effect in April. Betterment (an investment startup) is asking Trump to not dismantle it.
"If calling out racism is largely counterproductive, using a systemic definition like white supremacy is also unacceptable, and stigmatizing or shaming those who espouse racist beliefs is self-defeating, what tools remain?”
Some background on the march and key organizers Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour.
The meaning of "resilience" has moved past hollow and into an excuse for bad policy.
"They were wielding anti-political-correctness as a weapon, using it to forge a new political landscape and a frightening future. The opponents of political correctness always said they were crusaders against authoritarianism. In fact, anti-PC has paved the way for the populist authoritarianism now spreading everywhere.”
Trump cabinet has more campaign donors in prominent positions than any president in recent history. Conflicts of interest abound.
Details on DeVos lack of educational background, strong lobbying, dismal results, and lack of accountability.
Combination of strong government and strong corporations to run the world.
Deep artistic analysis of the brilliance and layers of potential meaning in the photo.
Start of witch hunt to track down those involved with clean energy technologies. Trying to make nuclear power more competitive.
Acknowledging the situation to be able to move forward.
Some definition scaffolding for what it means to be a sanctuary city (or state).
Good details on various facets of immigration enforcement, and a helpful chart of immigrant crime compared to native born and second generation.
Russian hackers wanted Trump to win. McConnell pressured White House to keep quiet.
Words matter. "Anyone who loves politics, the open competition of ideas and public participation in a free society, knows that political violence is the greatest of all civic sins. It is not to be encouraged. It is not funny. It is not a joke."
Deeper points on radicalization process analysis, framing of terrorists acts by race, and incitement to violence by leaders.
Highly relevant perspectives from Japanese-Americans incarcerated during World War II.
Dialogues about why to buy (or not) and keep (or not) racist objects. "'I think it's important to see how a seemingly harmless toy can affect the way we see people who are not like us.'”
Challenging images of mammy, jezebel, and sapphire. Reclaiming voice and vision.
History maker, freedom fighter. See also: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p39.html
Calculated demagoguery: lots of random flash about whatever at the moment, while building a powerful cabinet.
One example of Muslim targeting. Yet another example of the loss to our country from ignorance and hate.
Deep background on the revival of monarchism, tribalism, and prejudice.
Request to the FCC to address the disproportionate use of surveillance technology (particularly stingrays) in communities of color. Part of systemic racial discrimination within law enforcement agencies.
Some illustrative summaries from a muslim woman journalist covering the election.
White supremacy, white nationalism, and the alt-right--Not much difference in effect or agenda, but some serious social difference in normalizing effects. Words shape understandings and behaviors. Words matter.
"This is beginning to look like a pattern: Journalists report on links between Trump’s rhetoric and actions and outrageous expressions of racism. Trump is asked to comment. He says he is unaware, and expresses rote, subdued disapproval notably lacking the vigor or scorn that he famously applies to other topics"
A labor secretary who fights against working people, and supports automation because there's never an age, sex or race discrimination case.
I'm not racist, but.... Examples of non-subtle racism that is explained away as not racist because it wasn't meant to be explicitly hateful....or was it?
The dangers of "making American great" by fostering hatred through outrageous lies. "If Trump were a different leader, he would declare that political violence is unacceptable in a free society....But instead he continues to fuel rage against his opponents and his critics. More and worse violence will inevitably follow."
Some clear summary insights on Trump from a former CIA officer and conservative independent presidential candidate.
Election perspective from a Buddhist child of immigrants. The need for finding refuge.
"Dimwit-ism is a disease easily spread and denigrators of the absolutism of truth are its vectors. This is why resistance isn’t only principled, but essential and even existential."
Taxation without representation through the Electoral College.
Extensive, layperson accessible, overview of Trump's psychology.
Call for utilizing the bystander intervention model to help mitigate escalating attacks on academics, particularly against people of color, women, and other scholars of marginalized backgrounds. Also useful for reference.
You should be an ally because you believe oppressed groups deserve basic human rights.
Special issue of the Journal of Social Issues with all articles open, psychological analysis of the election.
Model minority myth, DACA, dropout and poverty rates. Loss of health care for about 2.7 mil Asian Americans if Affordable Care Act repealed.
Take action. The need to be more radical than is comfortable with some useful baby boomer perspective and suggestions on what to do next.
Dan Rathers on this article: "Matthew Yglesiasof Vox has a very provocative and thought-provoking take that might strike many of his fellow progressives as counterintuitive. The case he is making is that authoritarian populist leaders abroad have been beaten by attacking their policies more than their personalities.... the Democrats would be better served getting out of the reality show mindset and try to push the debate into the realm of normal politics. This thesis is sure to be controversial amongst many who oppose Trump but I think the article is worth reading and discussing“ Personally, I think we need to not normalize the Trump agenda and policies, to call out the hate as extreme and outrageous, but I don’t think we should play to the character, which is just a way to feed the narcissism.
Analysis of the neofascist taking over the neoliberal. Callousness, preoccupation with greed and lack of accountability.
Call to action invoking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Request for suggestions how to proceed.
Sensible basic operating principles for campus police, admissions and medical centers with regard to immigration.
"Now is the time to refuse the blurring of memory….Now is not the time to tiptoe around historical references. Recalling Nazism is not extreme; it is the astute response of those who know that history gives both context and warning….Now is the time to counter lies with facts, repeatedly and unflaggingly, while also proclaiming the greater truths: of our equal humanity, of decency, of compassion. Every precious ideal must be reiterated, every obvious argument made, because an ugly idea left unchallenged begins to turn the color of normal. It does not have to be like this."
White supremacist giving a talk at Texas A&M (not supported by the school).
“the example Trump set on the national stage 'has given permission and legitimated what was previously considered illegitimate’”
Mostly, the Democrats lost. "Voters who fled the Democrats in the Rust Belt 5 were twice as likely either to vote for a third party or to stay at home than to embrace Trump."
To be silent is to be acceptant. Being vocal is mostly about love of country. On your own behalf and also on behalf of the voiceless.
Reflectons on the importance of more radical stances that might seem divisive.
Particularly helpful in providing specific lessons and reflections on actions and felt barriers to take action.
Erudite and inspirational response from one of the professors on the "watchlist".
Overview of several of the major players laying the misinformation groundwork to "portray the interests of billionaires as the interests of the common people"
Some good insights into how people are making decisions and what is needed to move forward.
"To stop hateful actions, potential perpetrators must be convinced that those in their community are opposed to this behavior". This can be done by "elite influencers" with significant social capital and by people standing together. If it is not done then things get worse.
Results from follow up survey on hate incidents. With numbers and exemplary quotes. Double down on anti-bullying strategies.
Dismantling affordable care act first, then Medicare. And stop funding Planned Parenthood.
Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. 10 points for academics, several of which are generally applicable.
article whiteaccomplices   90
Actions for white folks, broken down by category and level (Actor/Ally/Accomplice)
Major negative effects on education from the election. Hostility and trauma. Crisis problems.
Cover art and short summaries of some great reading from Haymarket Books.
Helpful description of all the anti-gay people being put into powerful positions.
Full summary of reported hate incidents for the ten days following the election result, with numbers and quotes.
Question whether Democrats will decide to go along with the Trump deregulatory agenda now, even before he is president.
A religion professor’s analysis of the current post-election climate and rise of oppression in relation to Nazism and Hitler, with a focus on the role of Christians and the church. “complacency has now become a 'racial privilege.’...Bonhoeffer’s response was the bold declaration that he could not serve a church in which membership or ordination had become a “racial privilege.””
“Amanpour... discussed the tides of authoritarianism sweeping the world [and] began with the chilling words 'I never in a million years thought I would be up here onstage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.’”
Bannon as kingmaker through propaganda. Significant personal background. Presenting him as an opportunist.
Same hate, trendier packaging. If it salutes like a Nazi, you can safely call it one. Difficult to quantify, but amusing comparisons.
Whenever "alt-right" is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: "a white nationalist movemement". In the past these beliefs have been called racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.
The essential need to not be silent about race in the classroom, and some advice on how to start.
Well articulated summary of what the DNC is currently failing at right now.
A few very relevant excerpts and descriptions worth being exposed to or reminded of.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recommendations on how you can help support your muslim neighbors.
Overview of some of the impact Jeff Sessions could have as Attorney General.
article #hereismyamerica   80
use it before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life. Once I did it in silence, afraid of the weight. My fear of anger taught me nothing. Your fear of that anger will teach you nothing, also. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/1981-audre-lorde-uses-anger-women-responding-racism
A powerful list of personal actions for resistance. "Do not obey in advance.....Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary....Figure things out for yourself....Be as courageous as you can.”
Perspective on the transition and thoughts on possible directions.
The power of education. "I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with….Much has been made of the incoherence of Mr. Trump’s proposals, but what really matters is who does — and doesn’t — need to fear them.”
More details and perspective on the professor watch lists.
Interaction of grief and rage, importance of anger and understanding. #notmynormal
article White-Collar Supremacy   90
Some useful historical perspective on how white supremacists present themselves.
Alt-right also believes that women should be in domestic roles and that they are unimportant.
Trump's grandfather kicked out of the kingdom of Bavaria after he emigrated to the USA and failed to deregister in his homeland.
Some details on Jeff Sessions racist comments, and integrity when questioned.
Fears and perspective, the rule of law, education, courage, hope.
Opinion of a journalist firmly standing against Trump and why.
Call for Betsy DeVos to clarify her stance with respect to conversion therapy.
UpFront interview with Noam Chomsky, who remains characteristically balanced in his responses.
"the founders did not want any foreign payments to the president. Period."
"Opposition to 'identity politics' is opposition to civil rights. Period"
Helpfully categorized links to resources to help you process.
More links to helpful resources.
"My response to racism is anger. I have lived with that anger, ignoring it, feeding upon it, learning to use it before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life..."
Details on the process of finding a Democratic National Committee chair.
How white was considered the default, the absence of race, and is now to be treated as an identity while still avoiding it.
Anger is rational, and the foundation of outrage. "we live in a country that is so deeply emotionally dishonest about both race and racism....I question a society that always sees the product of the provocation and never the provocation itself. "
Racial and religious profiling are never warranted. Decisions to intern Japanese Americans were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." President Reagan signed the 1988 Civil Liberties Act to prevent the recurrence of any similar event.
Call for white Jews not to stay silent when it comes to the hate people of color, immigrants and Muslims are facing now.
Points out a rise in victim blaming. Provides several examples of false statements and assertions without evidence.
Some numbers and analysis of Trump's popular vote loss.
Some concrete helpful things white folks who want to be allies can do immediately.
Summary of how Standing Rock tactics will likely be the preferred approach for the upcoming administration.
Pointing out one example in a common pattern of major media outlets getting played.
Background and perspective on voucher advocate Betsy DeVos being chosen as education secretary.
Some numbers on the largely overlooked economic anxiety facing black and brown workers, and the diversion of public dollars to private corporations.
The pressure to conform amid the current confusion and how refusing to disappear may be an important first step.
Quick intro to ally conversational intervention. If you have no idea where to start, this is as good a place as any.
U.N. readying for a presidency that could spur a global retreat from international human rights principles.
The essential need for compassion and a curated book list for the current times.
Some young people in suits pushing the idea that all men are created unequal.
Not a fan of advertising generally, but I love it when what is marginal becomes mainstream.
Latest full summary of the personnel in the Trump administration.
Nazis saluting Trump at a White Nationalists alt-right conference in DC.
It's easy to forget that for some people, the sun does not come up tomorrow.
Details and context of an anti-muslim verbal attack. Just one example, but plenty to learn from.
Deportation plan would require massive expansion of an already broken system. Pattern of prison mismanagement and avoiding responsibility.
Some basic Pew Research election poll reaction numbers. Most people expect race relations will get worse.
Perspective and concrete suggestions on what we (white people in particular) can do now.
article Build He Won’t   90
Details on the infrastructure investment scam structure.
Some useful strategic advice for holding people accountable without villainizing or losing yourself.
"Talk to any young person today, and they will tell you Social Security and Medicare won't be there for their generation." so the plans will be "phased-in over time and would not affect anyone currently over the age of 55"
New registry for professors who "discriminate against conservative students".
Overview historical perspective of the evolution of right wing media and how it is leveraged.
DACA as a national necessity. These students "who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.
"rhetoric has obviated action, speechifying has superseded governing."
Numerous Jewish professors sign a statement condemning hateful and discriminatory language and the need to resist.
Statement of vigilance and action. Always important to remember the ACLU in context.
Some illustrative points about the perceived condescension and disconnection of students and the academy.
Concrete strategy points for progressive movements, journalists, and Congress members.
Background and quotes from Ken Blackwell on his views of homosexuality and so called conversion therapy.
Well written short backgrounds on the big three racists being appointed so far and how the Republicans work with them.
The shift in measured prejudicial norm and some of the effects and outcomes.
Recent developments, background, and future prospects for voting rights.
Illustrative vignettes and points about the widening political divide.
Some overview of the hate crimes since Trump was elected, his response, and what is needed.
Some clear parallels and lessons from the Berlusconi years. There are lessons to be learned here even if the stakes are higher.
The deep and long standing racial issues in the question of what it means to be Christian.
Representative Mike Honda condemns immigrant registry. This does not make America great.
Practical, helpful, and inspiring steps to get going on. Time to get moving.
Maura Healey pushing Gov. Charlie Baker to take a stand against white supremacist Steve Bannon.
Lots of numbers and useful breakdown of election results by class, urban density, race, and social issues.
Justice department stayed until February 20 to allow Trump to weigh in on it.
Some perspectives from the legendary Angela Davis, pointing to some past issues and to the next generation for leadership.
Spot on direction pointing for journalism. Huge opportunity for it to shine again.
An incredbly important article that ultimately highlights the need for personal agency and preparing for the dark to come. #notmynormal
article If You Voted for Him   100
This really sums up where things stand right now. And a challenge for people to be who they claim to be.
Good points, interesting analysis, and some lessons pointing a direction forward.
Reactions from a muslim woman on visiting the Minidoka internment camp.
Long read, but excellent background, framing, analysis and insight. Some memorable quotes.
Practical and useful advice on handling classroom incivility.
Points on preparation and strategies for discussion on difficult topics.
Some links and good quotes from white supremacists very happy with the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general.
Call for congress to investigate Russian interference in the election, and why that is the appropriate course of action after the statement from Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that there was interference from a nation state.
Compilation of links to election response statements from various universities.
Summary of your rights, opportunities for action, links to help, and other useful information organized by major at-risk groups.
The need for more than "sit with our fear and sadness", bullet points for consideration, and concrete calls to action.
Useful perspective on shared fear, and why one particular form of white feminism is toxic.
Short summary of some of the hateful stances and actions of appointees to key Trump posts.
Background on the largest gap between popular vote and electoral rigged vote the country has ever had.
Personal reaction and perspective around referencing this dark chapter of U.S. history as a "precedent".
Articulated and heartfelt response from a white father with a non-white child.
Protests are important because it allows voices to be heard.
Good background article on Alex Jones, possibly the king of vehement assertions missing much much basis in reality.
Orrin Hatch is standing up for preserving the fillibuster. One of the only tools available to the Senate minority.
Anti-asian racism examples showing why we need to listen, learn, and stand in solidarity with those experiencing attacks.
Important point about refusing to normalize a man who stands for everything that America should not.
Solid background on Trump's racism and casual racism through association. With some good responses to common fallacies.
National poll finds authoritarianism is a single statistically significant predictor of Trump support.
Summary of poll results between March and June asking 16k Americans 21 questions on attitudes on race, broken out between Trump and Clinton supporters.
Good numbers on the concentrations of anti-muslim-american sentiment in Trump supporters compared against all voters.
Strong leadership and commitment to values from Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone.
Details on potential impacts of foreign students coming to the U.S. for study.
Good visualizations of voter and non-voter reaction numbers.
169 Democrats from the House of Representatives led by David Cicilline urge Trump to rescind Bannon appointment.
Eight beliefs we can live by.
Backlash only exists when we are making progress.
Racism in the U.S. and the role of journalism in it, going back to Elijah Parish Lovejoy. Analysis of media fear, dangers of loss of free press, media collusion.
Info for trans folks for updating IDs with resources and links.
Another view of sanctuary campus details, pointing out some issues with blanket rules and likely practical limits.
Good summary of reactions, and numerous problematic facets within the entirety of the election process.
Exemplar approach for countering feelings of hopelessness.
Some context on white house staffing highlighted with some pretty noteworthy bullet points.
Some salient points about wearing a safety pin, and the important point that "when we rip into each other, we're doing the haters’ work for them".
Reactions from a Zen teacher. Really good framing of thoughts and action.
"I’m white. I’ve seen and heard other white people say and do racist things.... I won’t stand by and keep your secrets any longer."
On Fox News, Carl Higbie cites the internment of Japanese-Americans as the basis for creating a federal registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Says the ACLU will probably challenge it but he thinks it will pass.
University of Oregon is supporting all students regardless of immigration status.
California State University reaffirmation not to deport undocumented students.
Very appropriate call amidst deepening divisions in the country.
Historically useful approaches to personal action from personal family experience.
award winning, issues facing children and parents supporting.
Legal aspects overview about declaring schools as sanctuary
Informative overview and background on some of the ongoing campus sanctuary efforts.
video Letters From Camp   80
Amazing video of young Muslim Americans reading letters from WWII JA concentration camps with camp survivors. The connection of history to now is so important.
Official statement from the Black Lives Matter Global Network. The work will be harder but it is still the same.
Addresses some of the issues in placing "Blue lives matter" as the response to "Black lives matter" naming the central issues of racism and power differentials
Perspective and insights from someone who processes more information than most humans on the planet.
Not really news, but good to have the data about students' experience of safety (or not).
Required reading if you think white supremacy is upheld by a small minority anonymously controlling the media.
Impressive example of cooperation between community organizations. Inspiration for overcoming divide and conquer.
Background and context on what it would actually take to roll back gay marriage, and a summary of what are likely the biggest threats are to the LGBTQ community.
Consolidated and updated source of scholarships available to undocumented students at various levels.
Warren and others call on financial services industry to reject bigotry. Mobilizing support within the system!
An example of faculty organizing for resistance and support.
Some realistic, inspirational perspective on what America is, and what we will choose to continue to re-create.
Some perspective on the balance between white working class rage and misogyny in the election.
Background on Stephen Bannon and Breitbart News. With quotes and numbers.
A reasonable reaction to safety pins, some unreasonable reactions to that reaction, and hopefully some perspective for everyone.
Second wave feminist election result analysis, institutional analysis, and comments on what next.
Report on West Virginia racial slurs against Michelle Obama. Article link has autoplay videos with sound.
Gerry Brown statement that California will "stay true" to its principles.
Tight summary of hate crime numbers for 2015, with contextual background.
Thoughtful summary of the major election forces.
Background and perspective on white feminism. Base concept generalizable to groups outside of cis het white men.
A good place to start if you are white and wondering about responsibility.
LAPD is not going to walk around saying "papers please". Article has annoying autoplay video interstitials with sound.
Some contextualized background on Stephen Bannon, the appointed Chief Strategist.
Good information to be aware of if you are an immigrant, could be suspected of being an immigrant, or want to be an ally. If you read this, be sure to read the entire document.
Succinct and incredibly useful information on basic rights of anyone living in the U.S. Solid practical advice.
An impressive collection of reflections from pro-Trump voters on what they would like to say to anxious black and brown Americans.
Good point about trickle-down racism/bigotry/misogyny being dangerous to the heart of America.
Yes, there really has been a huge spate of hate crimes after the election.
holding onto hope post-Trump, but recognizing how privilege informs that to understand the fear and the pain
A much more realistic view about safety pins and similar proclamations. Situational prep is still a good idea though.
At least LA and NYC are refusing to comply with unconstitutional detainment requests.
A succinct, comprehensible, and deep look into the appeal of Trump.
Some much needed framing of reactions from and for white folks and people of color.
Some good pointers on what it means to step up and provide safety. Especially if you wear a safety pin.
If you are not from a working class background, this is some pretty great foundational points for increased understanding from that perspective.
We need to show that we can be angry.... We can be human. Because only when we do, can we resurrect from the grave, pump blood back into our systems, have our skins grow back and become visible once again.
Overview of some of the active protests against Trump.
Report on the sticky note thoughts posted in the New York subway. Worth clicking through to the main site also.
Some good summary analysis points of how this outcome came to be, and the excellent point that it is now up to the rest of us to face down bigotry and hate, to show this is not what America is.
Good background on alt-right, Richard Betrand Spencer, and relationship to Trump. Alarming.
Solid point on responsibility, primarily addressing white women allies but vitally important for white men also.
Concise and powerful contextualization of what it means to a gay man to have people like Pence put in positions of power.
Good suggestions for specific things to say in interactions with family, friends, strangers, public, and others.
A great list of web popular resources, (blog posts and news articles), etc for White people seeking to build a foundation of understanding about race and racism.
Good tips on preparing for and facilitating difficult dialogues.
Names specific ways that well intentioned White people enact racism even as they are trying to not do so.
Thought provoking blog, considers tensions of sharing culture and culture as changing with issues of power and appropriation
article Power of Diversity   80
" He always wanted to say things. But no one understood. " poem about enforcing conformity and crushing creativity. Boy who colored the whole page yellow.
The personal reality of racism that is so rarely faced and acknowledged. "Because there isn’t a place in the world White Supremacy hasn’t touched."
"People of Color aren’t asking for an apology. They are asking for acknowledgement of their reality." With some good connections
Addresses how "all lives matter" is not "neutral" and why colorblindness is harmful.
Questions education as maintainer of status quo rather than contributor to justice
More on white fragility. Appreciate the ongoing differentiation between pain from seeing privilege (inherently privileged itself) and pain from oppression.
Not only not enough, non-existent. There is no such thing as passive anti-racism. Step up.
short video of AsAms about racism they experience. poignant
About anti-racist parenting, emphasizes distinction between awareness and action or modeling. Available as of Nov 2015 at: https://www.academia.edu/10199968/We_put_it_in_terms_of_not-nice_White_antiracists_and_parenting
Speaking truth, reclaiming history...
What does transformative advocacy really look like (and what doesn't it look like?). Calls attention to how protests against racism may actually support White supremacy. "Neoliberalism..seeks to manage the social order and ensure the continued political dominance of the ruling class by absorbing social threats." Challenges "knowledge and awareness" as transformational.
More on racism without racists. Importance of language and power of defining. Stellar in describing how defining racism as individual deliberate hatred enables maintaining oppression. "whites have been able to appropriate the victimhood of minorities and, in an audacious reversal, insist that an obvious thing isn’t real."
2007 video about gay marriage equality in Massachusetts and why this shouldn't be an open vote issue. Connections to anti-miscegenation legislation.
Thoughtful, applicable, and straightforward. Less about issues related to divisiveness and relative or ascribed privilege and more about what AsAms who want to be allies can do within their own communities.
Approachable, sometimes funny, and also really thoughtful and on point. Addresses several "points of contention" that come up quite frequently.
Thoughtful reflection on meanings and responses to oppression and power..."Maybe the reality is that all groups are at war for power, and that to adopt an ethic of common humanity is a grave disadvantage."
An insightful article on White fragility and the often impossible "rules" of how to talk about racism. Experiences I've had way too often. Something to think about: “'What would it be like if you [people of color] could simply give us [White people] feedback, have us graciously receive it, reflect, and work to change the behavior?' Recently a man of color sighed and said 'It would be revolutionary.”
Video from Chronicle of Education about trans college students and what profs should know.
Cartoon image: White privilege, the privilege of not seeing racism
A really good cartoon image of history and current blindness to the history that is the foundation of racism.
other Everyday Feminism   80
Blogs, articles, courses, digital media focused on feminism with good attention to intersectionality.
UPenn prof and national consultant on diversifying faculty names central issues of lack of will and commitment that relate to why faculty are not diverse.
"United States was slammed over its rights record Monday at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with member nations criticizing the country for police violence and racial discrimination,...Among the various concerns raised by U.N. member states was the failure to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, the continued use of the death penalty, the need for adequate protections for migrant workers and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples."
article Incentive malus   100
Economist article describing study addressing why replication won't address structural issues related to poor science...why quantity over quality is a bad idea
Privilege and oppression are imposed, and we get caught regardless of intentions. Working for social justice means taking the risk of making mistakes. How do we hold each other accountable with compassion? Tran offers "calling in" as a possibility. Update: This *was* a great blog entry and resource for envouraging activism but now only fully available if u pay. Feels like Tran and bgd sold out.
This is such a complex issue. This video picks up some of the complexities, and possibly raises some others. The additonl posting from in the comments is really helpful. And other comments are good, disturbing, educational, etc. Worth thinking on
Quilting for activism.
Immediate post-incident reflection on being stopped by police, powerful, personal.
allies development
Powerful spoken word, speaking truth, naming what is often unspoken.
powerful, poignant video addressing Islamophobia and racial profiling post 9/11
Challenges the idea of "ally" and emphasizes direct action, effect not intentionality. Names the ways that allies (particularly self proclaimed allies) may not be actually contributing to social justice movement.
New study on delayed gratification and social class effects. ""It changes the nature of the question from one asking is this a 'bad' or a 'good' behavior to asking, 'What is the function of this behavior for survival and thriving in a resource-poor environment?'"
"comic" of what Columbus Day is about and what Columbus and other European colonizers/invaders actually did and said
Very graphic. Hard to watch, deeply disturbing. And all of this is how it actually should be. Worth thinking, though, of the ways that it might create resistance because it is so hard to confront.
Columbus Day activism, productive alternatives that can contribute to social justice and race education
Basic advice for crafting effective emails to profs. Emphasizes perspective taking and why do some things and NOT others. See also: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/04/16/advice-students-so-they-dont-sound-silly-emails-essay
Explores the history of language in relation to multiracial or mixed people. Provides context in relation to history and race relations.
Research showing that taking notes by hand encourages actually processing info and leads to increased learning and retention especially for conceptual learning
Strategies for reading in grad school, to get the gist quickly and prioritize the reading.
"...we surround ourselves with comforting words. Words that feel neutral. Words that don’t point fingers (at us). Words that center Whiteness, while erasing the harshness of discrimination and segregation." Related to racism without racists. Calls out the avoidance and the mystification. Yes...and what's next (where's the action call?)
Equal does not mean equitable. Initial access is not enough. What makes something the best option?
activity COVER   80
Art for political engagement. Art as activism. Haven't seen the exhibit other than online.
diversity and multiculturalism vs social justice and power analysis in education. Good links to examples and resources.
Analysis and critique of pop privilege, and the ways that acknowledging one's own privilege may be necesssary but certainly not sufficient.
Op-Ed on how empathy is a choice and can be fostered, and is related to maintenance of power and privilege. "People with a higher sense of power exhibit less empathy because they have less incentive to interact with others."
Addresses the issue of impact, rather than intention, in the evaluation of the damage of racism. Provides examples of actual apologies with reparations or impactful consequences.
Many good suggestions for being an ally to anyone, but particularly focused also. "As the route to ending Islamophobia in our culture at large grows more fuzzy and frightening—and thus more futile—perhaps it’s useful to give those who wish to stand with Muslim-Americans a simple lesson: the ABCs."
Havent read these yet, but want to remember where to find them. So hard to find LGBTQ protagonists of color!
Addresses diversity within people who identify as Black, names and challenges stereotypes. Chosen by RCR students.
Made me think more carefully about attitudes about fat people and weight. Had some great distinctions between personal offense and oppression related to privilege.
Organization focused on social justice and resisting prejudice. Tracks hate groups on their Hate Map and Hatewatch, which can be really great teaching tools. The "Hate Incidents" is particularly helpful in addressing common beliefs that we are a "post racial" or post racism society.
LGBT rights, advocacy. A good source also for news and advocacy updates
So many stories not told often enough. I appreciate this series for Black History month. I love the variability, and the reminders of things we don't hear enough about in history books and narratives.
article Microaggressions   70
Hard to read, but really important. And so amazing to have the dialogue public.
Bias in academia, from the point of a racial minority academic/professor. Addresses microaggressions at institutional levels: "what do you value more — your success or your survival?" "In academia...there is a tendency to overlook that discrimination, harassment, and violence occurs..." Not profound, but a necessary perspective of experiences are all too common.
An article that speaks about how publishing industry institutionalizes bias. A good example of how gatekeeping is enacted and attributed to market or the responsibility of those who are excluded. "Lack of racial diversity is a symptom. The underlying illness is institutional racism."
other Human Rights Watch   80
Reports available on this website are particularly good sources. Within the US, reports and information on "terrorism and counterterrorism" here address racialized violence largely against people of color post 9/11, other reports address racial inequity in criminal justice, immigration, and other issues. Overall, provides a global view and tracking of human rights, including directly in the US as well as US complicity or enabling in other countries
Comic illustrating the cumulative effect of microaggressions.
Poignant, insightful short stories. Sometimes profound, sometimes funny, almost always moving.
book Kindred   78
Sci-fi but also exploring historical themes of slave and master, race relations.
Good humor, insightful.
book Southland   80
In the framework of a mystery, really exploring race relations between Blacks and Asians post WWII and during LA "riots."
Japanese American family experience with the camps in World War II. Emotionally powerful, spare prose, so focused. Relatively short but amazing.
Kind of, well, bittersweet...About the relationship between a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl at the time of the WWII camps, and about choices, and culture, and regrets and no regrets. Not too heavy, but not fluff either--I read it on the beach, so its one of those really great engaging but not heavy books that make you think and feel without weighing you down emotionally or intellectually.
Teaching Tolerance, associated with the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides resources for educators aiming to teach in ways that promote social justice, multiculturalism, diversity. Primarily k-12, but good to use for higher ed particularly in relation to developmental contexts
"The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America."
"A 25-year study of blacks and whites in Baltimore finds that income status can be an equalizer, but race does make a difference."
Humorous take on Asian stereotyping and microaggressions
"Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience."
"more people are killed by 'white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims'"
Powerful spoken word piece about being multiracial and feeling caught between White privilege and oppression as a person of color
I cried a lot reading this. And appreciated the multiple perspectives. And the opportunity to honor Matthew Shephard. In memory of his death...
Article discussing how some evangelical Christians are re-thinking lgbtq issues. 06/08/15
Powerful, moving, inspiring. Personal stories and statements from people of faith who are LGBT or their allies.
What makes us stereotype each other and see others so narrowly? How might we think about ourselves and others to change these tendencies and see each other more fully? I'm feeling increasingly ambivalent about TED talks, but sometimes there's a really good one, like this one. I'd love to hang out with her...
powerful critique, names what is often hidden.
Jensen (a White man) speaks to how racism is a White problem that still continues in the US today in the 21st century. Comments below the video are really disturbing, but also educationally useful.
Calls out academia as an institution and the effects on idealistic academics. Resonated a lot.
video The Lunch Date   50
1989 short film. Possibly good for current conversations about assumptions and whether the underlying issues are still current. But pretty predictable.
Of course, terribly not PC. But in usual Chapelle style, really pointed in so many ways.
Remarkable for its blatant (and denied) racism, a good example of how extremely white supremacy is embedded in ways that can only be invisible to those who are privileged. Good example of international white bias.
doesn't need a membic. So good....
yum Franklin Southie   80
A not bad place to grab dinner with a friend or colleague. Not too loud (yay!), particularly on the patio. :-( CLOSED.
A book of case examples for therapy by people of color working with people of color. Good training examples. Good focus on evidence based practice
Amazing to see how different we all are. And to consider what "normal" or "healthy" is, and our very narrow range of what we actually get to see in mainstream media.
Robert Jensen is Journalism professor and author of "The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege." His website includes general info about him, links to some of his lectures, and a page for his hoped for blog.
other Tim Wise website   70
Tim Wise is a White antiracist essayist and educator. Author of books such as "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son." He writes frequently about White privilege and his website includes archives of many essays and video and audio recordings of some of his appearances. He also provides a great reading list (not purporting to be comprehensive). The FAQ on his page provides some great basic definitions and answers to common questions like "Do you think people of color can be racist against whites?"
other Code Switch   80
NPR Code Switch: "Frontiers of Race, Culture and Ethnicity." Blogs and articles. "Code Switch is a team of seven NPR journalists who cover race, ethnicity and culture. Our work appears on-air and online, across NPR's shows and digital outlets."
activity Back Bay Ringers   90
Really beautiful handbell music. Handbell concerts are surprisingly complex and not what one might expect if never experienced. Really resonant (makes the body feel good). Back Bay Ringers are a professional group, with concerts throughout the year but particularly during winter holidays. Worth experiencing, and then you are hooked--we attend one or two concerts every year. And they let you ring the bells after the concert!
activity Craft Boston Arts show   70
Craft show from Society of Arts and Crafts (http://www.societyofcrafts.org/). The holiday show has more gifty things like a LOT of jewelry; some beautiful clothes, ceramics, and smaller blown glass. Not as big a range as Paradise arts (which has more wood, metal sculpture, glass--see my other review) but still some truly beautiful things that could be in museums (imho). Pretty expensive, although not everything is, but generally I think of it like going to a museum or gallery to admire beautiful art finely made. We allotted 3 hours, which wasn't enough time, particularly because we needed a coffee break from beauty overload. Also had several booths from craft and art schools in Boston, which was terrific, to support students AND to see what one could do and learn! December and April in Boston.
Animated Barbara Enrenreich talk about enforced optimism as propoganda that dismpowers and maintains power inequities. Funny moments of George Bush as cheerleader and Darth Vader as the symbol of "think it and it will come."
Really great taiko. Wonderful to see a dojo with both men and women represented. Amazing energy. We saw this through World Music Crash Arts, which frequently has great world music and other cool stuff (we saw Laurie Anderson through them, too!)
Newbury St exhibition and store. Can't believe I am reviewing shopping! But I do think it is worth supporting local artists--really cool stuff here--glass (mostly blown), jewelry, fiber arts. Worth going just to look. Varies in price.
Another shopping review (how strange!)--on Newbury Street. Really cool jewelry inspired by world travel and various places in the world. Wish they gave more explicit and emphasized credit to the artisits and craftpeople, but some really beautiful and not seen everywhere jewelry.
movie Argo   58
Pretty amazing story, relatively well told. An amazing story and an okay movie...
A juried arts festival, with lots of crafts in addition to fine arts: stained and blown glass, wood, fiber arts and clothes. We've been going every year for several years--frequently we don't buy anything, but we're always glad we went--great things to see. Twice yearly in Northampton and in Marlborough (its bigger in Northampton). In October, we can combine it with a really great foliage ride!
yum TORO   80
Cheese corn on cob is really great. Good overall, not as good as estragon for vegetarians. Prefer Dali, but really good option in central boston.l
Half price food 5-7:30pm with $3 bar tab. Can get a soda for $3 and come away with a full mean (fish, veg, potato) for about $10 plus tax and tip. Nothing fancy, nothing special but the trout was good. Larger selection of beers. Go early for no wait.
More of a history lesson than an emotionally or interpersonally focused drama. Intellectually but not emotionally engaging. Focuses on LBJ and civil rights. It did catalyze me to look further into LBJ and all the amazing things he did in domestic policy--wow. And I enjoyed learning more about the President whom my father liked so much. But not really my favorite kind of play.
I usually don't like Jim Carrey, but was told this was a great movie by friends I trust about movies and me. But I put it off a long time. I actually really liked it, and found it more thoughtful and thought-provoking than any other of his movies. Quirky for sure. And you totally can't get a sense of it from the netflix description or brief sentence or two. Made me think a lot about choices and compromises...I was surprised how much I liked it, and even more surprised by how it stuck with me after in mullings over.
Overall good after breathing. Not too heavy. Goes with most meats or heavier veggie fare (e.g. grilled portobellos). Not as good with lighter fare. An okay buy, but not a deal.
Not as good as all the hype. An okay read that moved along, but the characters were a little thin and the plot strained sometimes. Some good moments, but not sustained consistently. Enjoyed it while reading, but easily forgettable. However, MUCH better than the movie.
book Walk Two Moons   100
Made me laugh, and cry. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Kept me very involved and emotionally connected, but not anxious or antsy. Young adult/tween.
A dry white, not sour but not thin. Pairs well with swordfish.
book Magnificat   79
Part of the Surveillance/Diamond Mask series. Love this series, complex characters and plot, explores political and personal tensions and motivations, issues of belonging and relations with fears and discrimination. ESP and aliens
book Diamond Mask   80
Part of the Surveillance/Diamond Mask series. Love this series, complex characters and plot, explores political and personal tensions and motivations, issues of belonging and relations with fears and discrimination. ESP and aliens
book The Metaconcert   82
Part of the Surveillance/Diamond Mask series. Love this series, complex characters and plot, explores political and personal tensions and motivations, issues of belonging and relations with fears and discrimination. ESP and aliens
book Jack the Bodiless   83
Part of the Surveillance/Diamond Mask series. Love this series, complex characters and plot, explores political and personal tensions and motivations, issues of belonging and relations with fears and discrimination. ESP and aliens
book The Magus   84
Both intellectually and emotionally complex. A lot of focus on interpersonal meanings, connections, disconnections.
Originally "men who hate women" in Swedish. strong characters and plot. Mediocore writing.
Less violent than the first 2. More cerebral.
Another Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes pastiche. A wonderful strong woman writer. One of the Mary Russell series
book The Redbreast   90
post-WWII Norway. Explores social vs personal responsibility and consequences.
Loved this book. The best of the Val McDermid books I have read. Totally unpredictable, great characters, couldn't put it down. Mystery/suspense.
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