Below are a few resources we believe can help you be an ally and help advocate for social and racial justice.
- Know Your Rights as a Protestor whether you are organizing or attending.
- How to Protest Safely: What to Bring, What to Do, and What to Avoid
- Contact Your Representatives. Find your local representatives here.
- Find your blind spots. Explore Harvard’s Implicit Project. This test will highlight where your unconscious biases lie.
- Get up to date information on local Arlington news, meetings and events including protests here. In order to learn more about Arlington public safety click here.
- Find a way to make a difference in Arlington — share feedback today, or find ways to get more deeply involved.
- Read the statement from the Police Chief, Union and Association Regarding the Death of Mr. George Floyd
- Stay Woke A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter written Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, an assistant professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Candis Watts Smith.
- Black Feminist Thought written Patricia Hill Collins
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Morag
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelso
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Looking for more great reads? Check out these 10 Black-Owned Online Bookstores to Support While at Home
- 1619 (New York Times)
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- The Enslaved People of George Mason
- How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion – Peggy McIntosh
- Let’s get to the Root of Racial Injustice – Megan Ming Francis
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