By Sasha Savoian, Education Specialist
Thank you for landing on this resource page, for showing up, for being vulnerable, for wanting to learn how to be antiracist, and for being ready to take action.
Taking action can look many ways.
It’s education for you and those around you. It’s listening and taking a step back. It’s taking a stand in solidarity. It’s supporting and uplifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Immigrant community members you share space with. It’s donating funds to organizations and individuals with boots on the ground doing the work.
The mistreatment, the shunning, the shoving, the incarcerating, the quieting, the sidelining, and the murder of human beings that don’t fit the dominant paradigm must stop.
Yes, this page is in response to a murder in broad daylight, the murder of George Floyd by (ex)police officer Derek Chauvin, while three other officers neglected to stop the murder and save his life. Let’s be clear, this violence has existed for decades upon decades for Black and brown people. It’s systemic. And must stop. Now.
This list of resources is NOT comprehensive — it’s simply a start. And it’s imperfect because I check the white box on the census page, because there isn’t room for story. The skin I inhabit doesn’t cause undue struggle in my life. I am privileged. Many white people are asking what they can do, how they can help right now and this list only begins to scratch the surface. Let’s continue to do the work, to show up, to support and uplift voices that aren’t your own.
These are comprehensive guides compiled by amazing people and offer recommendations on ways to educate yourself, your children, and friends and family. Also included are organizations on the front lines that you can donate funds to.
- Anti-racist resources guide — Tasha K. Ryals
- Anti-racism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein
- Bail fund and support list
- Bellingham racist history timeline
Here is a collection of articles of various lengths to dive into.
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
- White Lies: Ijeoma Oluo On Privilege, Power, And Race
- What you can do to demand justice for George Floyd and support. protestors
- An Unfair Share: Exploring the Disproportionate Risks from Climate Change Facing Washington State Communities
- What if white people took responsibility for our role in this moment
- Performative allyship is deadly
- YES! magazine
Women and Indigenous led local organizations
Learn about and support the work these and other local organizations are doing in our community.
Tools from Obama Foundation
Enough said, these are tools for engagement and action from the Obama Foundation.
- An Advocacy Toolkit for fair, safe, and effective community policing
- Anguish and Action (from the Obama Foundation)
Here is a short list of organizations fueling movements and working for justice.
- Black Lives Matter
- Front and Centered
- Black Visions Collective
- Climate Justice Alliance
- Northwest Community Bail Fund
- Families Belong Together
Families and educators might find these resources useful to help teach young people.
- Analyzing Environmental Justice lesson
- Teaching Tolerance
- Summer reading list for kids
- Indigenous Education Tools
- Three Circles
- Since Time Immemorial
- Zinn Education Project
- How to Build an Equitable Learning Community in Your Science Classroom
- Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
People to follow
- Color Of Change on Instagram
- Ijemoa Oluo on Instagram
- Rachel Cargle on Instagram
- Layla F. Saad on Instagram
- Ibram X. Kendi on Instagram
- Kendriana Washington on Instagram
- Brittany Packnett Cunningham on Instagram
- Azi on Instagram
- Decolonize Myself – A First Nation Perspective on Facebook
- Citizen by Claudia Rankine
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates
- No Name in the Street by James Baldwin
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- Something Happened in our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
- I Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
- Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
- Dim Sum For Everyone! by Grace Lin
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatuih
- Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan & Kelly Tudor
- The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
- Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji ,\by F. Zia, Illustrated by Ken Min
- New Kid by Jerry Craft
- Boy and the Wall Created by Youth at Lajee Centre in Aida Refugee Camp
Flag photo: Waterkeeper Alliance