Compiled by Emma Gobler with suggestions from congregants & other resource lists.
This is a living document that includes:
Create a daily log where you can plan to read, donate, call, email, etc.
In order for these resources to have the greatest impact, we need to utilize them daily. Starting a reading group, and/or an affinity group, is a useful way to hold ourselves accountable to engaging and sustaining our learning.
Daily Plan Template (example):
To Read, Listen,
To Call, Email, Sign
To Donate, Share with others
To Ask, Reflect upon
Justice for Tony McDade
Contact Mayor John E. Dailey and demand response and acknowledgment of Tony’s murder and establishment of Citizens Police Accountability Council
850-891-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also Text ‘TONY’ TO 484848 for more ways to help.
(under “Immediate Action Lists”)
(under “Immediate Action Lists”)
What are my employer’s hiring practices? How does white supremacy manifest at my place of work?
Does my neighborhood have a plan to address conflicts and crises that doesn’t rely on calling the police?
Now you can use the following resources to fill in a daily log of your own.
This Yom Kippur, racism was discussed in Jewish communities all over the country including our own. Here are just two talks that we want to highlight: R. Angela Buchdahl's sermon and R. Sharon Brous in conversation with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative.
Elul may be over, but our antiracism work continues! Use the rich resource created for the Elul Racial Equity Challenge throughout the new year. Consider inviting a Netivot Shalom member to study in hevruta.
Below are opportunities to give back money to Black and Indigenous individuals and communities. If you know of any other projects like these, please let us know.
Buy Back Black Debt (created by Sonya Renee Taylor)
“#BuyBackBlackDebt is a project of interracial spiritual and economic relationship building. The goal is not simply to pay off the random debt of Black folks but to re-establish the possibility of human connections and relationship through disrupting active institutions of white supremacist delusion in Black lives. This project is a local, family and community organized process that benefits the lives of Black folks in your proximity.”
Pay the Shuumi Land Tax (Sogorea Te Land Trust)
“The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.”
“We are a Black and Indigenous led agroecology collective composed of skilled land stewards, spiritual leaders, healers, gardeners, farmers, builders, writers, educators, artists, musicians, and organizers. We study and spread ancestral knowledge and contemporary agroecological practices to train community members to build collectivized, autonomous, and chemical free food systems in urban and peri-urban environments throughout the Occupied Karkin Ohlone & Chochenyo Territory.”
This is an incredibly useful living document created by Carlisa Johnson compiling necessary, immediate actions in order to hold police accountable and support protesters and organizers participating in the current uprisings across the US. See the list for more info on:
Check out this detailed scaffolded anti-racist syllabus if you want to build upon your current knowledge of antiracism, wherever you’re at in the process.
Because of white privilege, white people do not experience racism and often do not have to see or hear about it either. If you are white, please read these checklists to see a list of powers and privileges that white people are afforded at the expense of the safety, dignity, and respect of persons of color.
A very common form of racism that a lot of white children and adults unknowingly perpetuate is microaggressions. Microaggressions, a concept originally developed in the 1970s by Black psychiatrist, Chester M. Pierce, are acts of racism committed on a daily, interpersonal (“micro”) level. See this presentation created by Daniel Solorzano to better understand what microaggressions are and how they reflect and maintain systemic racism. Check out the article, “How racism and microaggressions lead to worse health”, to learn about how microaggressions emotionally and physically harm people of color. Here is another article on how to honestly and respectfully apologize to prevent more harm once you have committed a microaggression.
“Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.”
“The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative is a national effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color.”
“TribeHerald is multicultural media and one-of-a-kind local experiences catering to the nearly 2 million Jews of Color, their friends, allies, and loved ones who are tired of old-fashioned and outdated Jewish media that fails to address their unique needs and concerns. “
“The Jewish Multiracial Network sets out to nurture and enhance Jewish diversity throughout the community, at large, via capacity development, community development, community empowerment, and social capital.”
“Be’chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century. Embracing the historical diversity of the Jewish people and, more importantly, the growing diversity of the community today is the most important step toward securing relevancy in an exciting American future.”
“‘Believe Us’: Black Jews respond to the George Floyd protests” (Josefin Dolsten)
Collection of first-person accounts from Black Jews.
“As a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader within the Jewish world, I am rarely shocked by what I hear. But right before the lockdowns came into effect, I was. I spoke with a few colleagues, friends, and clients about their experiences being in a community facing a pandemic.”
“Beyond the Black-Jewish Alliance” (Nylah Burton)
“Since the Civil Rights Movement, the Black and Jewish communities of the United States have theoretically built and sustained a natural alliance against bigotry and discrimination. But in practice, this relationship has been fraught with denial about the reality of racism in America, and its inadequacies have never seemed more obvious.”
“9 Writers Who Capture What It's Like for Jews of Color” (Nylah Burton)
“As a black Jewish writer, I obviously want to read books written by and highlighting the stories of Jews of color. That’s easier said than done, though. It’s not that these stories don’t exist — Jewish literature is an amazing, rich genre of diasporic Jewish stories. However, the narratives of Jews of color are often left out of the Jewish literary canon, and we suffer for it.”
“As the CEO of a majority Jewish women of color and people of color led organization, I continue to learn how deeply essential our work to expand racial equity in the world around us is to our survival. As the COVID-19 outbreak began, we, along with other women experienced the fear and anxiety of trying to protect ourselves and our families from contracting a potentially fatal disease that still has no vaccine.”
"Jews of Color Deserve Teshuva" (Yoshi Silverstein)
“Jewish tradition – upon the recognition that we have made a mistake, that we have ‘gone astray’ – compels us to make teshuva, the process by which we rectify the harm we have caused.”
“The Intersection of Jewish Identity, Whiteness, and White Privilege” (Jewish Funders Network)
“How do Jewish identity, whiteness, and white privilege intersect with race and racism, social justice, equality, coalition building with the African American community, and philanthropy?”
“What Not to Say to Jews of Color” (Allie’s Best)
“In America these days, it is hard to be Black and it is hard to be a Jew... so imagine, if you will, what life is like for a Black Jew. Being a Black Jew, or any Jew of Color means that, among other things, you get strange, rude, inquisitive, annoying, racist, and anti-semitic comments made to you often by people who have no idea the impact or meaning of their words. Here is a small look into the kinds of things folks really just need to stop saying to Jews of Color in the next decade!”
Race is not a biological truth; it is a social construct. By the age of four, children are already beginning to show signs of racial bias. We must integrate direct and explicit antiracism into all levels of education in the school curriculum and at home.
Check out this infographic charting the messages children learn about race throughout their development. Here are a few good resources to help start these important conversations with your children:
Has built a multi-racial community who "support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities."
“The goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice. If we commit to collectively trying to talk about race with young children, we can lean on one another for support as we, together, envision a world where we actively challenge racism each and every day.”
“Cultivate positive identity formation, encourage students to confront racial and ethnic injustice, and prepare them to live and work together in a diverse world. Our resources can help you facilitate discussions about race and guide students through lessons on white privilege, economic inequality, mass incarceration, the complexities of identity and more.”
“Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.”
Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race (includes books)
“It’s normal to get flustered when our children talk about race. But if we let nervousness keep us silent and still, our fear becomes a weapon.”
“We hope these tips provide some much needed support for families committed to building tolerance, racial equity, and a social culture where all kids and families can thrive!”
“Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.”
“Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.”
Becoming critical of racism in children’s literature is also necessary to teach children how to think in addition to what to think about race. You can also read, Should We Burn Babar? (Herbert R. Kohl) if you want to go deeper into this topic.
“The conversation about race needs to start early and keep happening.”
“Each winter (either January or February), the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”
The Ultimate 2018 List of Diverse Books For Children (Here We Read)
No White Saviors: Kids Books About Black Women in US History (Books For Littles)
“Depression and anxiety rates spiked among black Americans after George Floyd’s death” (Alyssa Flowers and William Wan)
“The rate of black Americans showing clinically significant signs of anxiety or depressive disorders jumped from 36 percent to 41 percent in the week after the video of Floyd’s death became public. That represents roughly 1.4 million more people. Among Asian Americans, those symptoms increased from 28 percent to 34 percent, a change that represents an increase of about 800,000 people.”
“Toxic Waste Dumping on Native American Land” (Elijah Thomas, Andrew Fauerbach, Amber Lindberg, Thomas King)
“With the lack of enforcement, Indian land became the ideal spot to build a toxic waste dump. Native American environmentalist Tom Goldtooth, writes ‘that toxic dumping on Indian land is not an option for discussion, that it was not respectful of our spiritual beliefs as Native people’ (Cole and Foster, 146).”
"The Black-White Binary and the Model Minority Stereotype" (Laura Mariko Cheifetz)
“What the black-white binary does is limit the conversation, narrows our analytical lens, and leads to an incomplete organizing strategy. The Model Minority Myth plays into this binary by marginalizing the fastest-growing racial group from the discussion, and isolates distinct communities of people of color from one another. That’s right: Asian Pacific Americans aren’t black. (I have been accused of not being black. It’s true. I’m not.) And by not being black, we are divided from our African-descent brothers and sisters. The binary and the Myth mean the organizing power of people of color is divided, and we end up primarily relating with white people instead of with one another.”
“A controversy over anti-Israel statements in the Movement for Black Lives political platform shows the long history of tension between Jews and blacks in the U.S.”
“Jewish organizations fail Black people when they intentionally avoid critique of Israel in their solidarity with BLM. Israeli state violence has long targeted Black lives alongside Palestinians, and hiding under the pretense of focusing solely on ‘domestic issues’ does not absolve US Jewish groups of complicity with and perpetuation of Israeli anti-Black racism and settler colonialism. We reject attacks on Palestinian organizers, who are condemned as anti-semitic for simply talking about their own dispossession and struggle. Such condemnation is inaccurate, racist, and amounts to a violent form of silencing. We reject similar attacks targeted at Jews of Color and other Jews organizing in solidarity with Palestinians.”
"Ally or Accomplice? The Language of Activism" (Colleen Clemens)
“A new use of the word accomplice pushed this educator to rethink her activist approaches inside and outside the classroom.”
“Native Americans are being left out of demographic data on the impact of the coronavirus across the US, raising fears of hidden health emergencies in one of the country’s most vulnerable populations. A Guardian analysis found that about 80% of state health departments have released some racial demographic data, which has already revealed stark disparities in the impact of Covid-19 in black and Latinx communities. But of those states, almost half did not explicitly include Native Americans in their breakdowns and instead categorized them under the label ‘other.’”
“Asian Americans, especially Chinese Americans, have been consistent friends of Jews in the United States — and as a minority group that has been a consistent scapegoat throughout history, Jews have a particular obligation to speak out.”
“Amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, there are surging reports of xenophobic and racist incidents targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the U.S.”
“How to Respond to Racism from Coronavirus” (Fung Bros)
Video addressing heightened anti-Asian violence, scapegoating, stereotyping during Coronavirus.
“Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism” (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
“Asian Americans have been targeted by racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus or COVID-19. We offer the following resources in response to this hate.”
“Mass protests that have erupted over police brutality toward black people in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus. But some health experts, even as they urge caution, said they support the demonstrations — because racism also poses a dire health threat.”
“The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.”
“Slave Patrols: An Early Form of American Policing” (Chelsea Hansen)
“When one thinks about policing in early America, there are a few images that may come to mind: A county sheriff enforcing a debt between neighbors, a constable serving an arrest warrant on horseback, or a lone night watchman carrying a lantern through his sleeping town. These organized practices were adapted to the colonies from England and formed the foundations of American law enforcement. However, there is another significant origin of American policing that we cannot forget—and that is slave patrols.”
“The forgotten minority in police shootings” (Alise Hansen)
“Native Americans are killed in police encounters at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet rarely do these deaths gain the national spotlight. This lack of attention has prompted some advocates to start social media campaigns reminiscent of Black Lives Matter.”
“How Much Do We Need the Police?” (Leah Donnella speaking with Alex S. Vitale)
“For many Americans, it goes without saying that the police are critical in maintaining public safety. Have an emergency? Call the police. But many others — especially black people and poor people — have long countered that the police pose more of a threat to their safety than a boon. See a police officer? Walk in the other direction.”
“What To Do Instead of Calling the Police” (Aaron Rose)
“We’ve all been there. Your neighbor is setting off fireworks at 3am. Or there’s a couple fighting outside your window and it’s getting physical. Or you see someone hit their child in public. What do you do? Your first instinct might be: call 911. That’s what many people are trained to do in the United States when we see something dangerous or threatening happening.”
“White people in the US are uniquely indoctrinated into the fantasy that cops protect ‘good people’ from ‘the bad guys,’ when in reality, police are perpetrators and cosigners of mass murder, facilitators of mass incarceration and protectors of state capital whose goal is to produce and maintain inequalities.”
“This is a guide to guides, organized loosely by some of the main questions and thought processes that often come up around entry into abolitionist thinking, offering resources addressing some important ideas and some ad libbed context from yourself truly, a white woman who is far from an expert or educator on abolition but has done some organizing work around it for years, and who believes that it’s the responsibility of white people, especially white women, to work against the carceral state in recognition of how much violence it’s done in our name and the name of our safety and fragility.”
“In this moment, it is crucial to understand the role of the police at their core, as merely a hyper-militarized bottom of the barrel armed force of the ruling class. Our ruling class owned media tries to portray both state and federal level police as neutral actors enforcing public safety—when in fact their role has always served to disrupt (radical) political activity by any means necessary.”
“We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.”
Police Abolition: Reformist reforms vs. abolitionist steps in policing (Critical Resistance)
“These charts break down the difference between reformist reforms which continue or expand the reach of policing, and abolitionist steps that work to chip away and reduce its overall impact. As we struggle to decrease the power of policing there are also positive and pro-active investments we can make in community health and well-being.”
“Whiteness as Property” (Cheryl L. Harris)
“In this article, Professor Harris contributes to this discussion by positing that racial identity and property are deeply interrelated concepts. Professor Harris examines how whiteness, initially constructed as a form of racial identity, evolved into a form of property, historically and presently acknowledged and protected in American law. Professor Harris traces the origins of whiteness as property in the parallel systems of domination of Black and Native American peoples out of which were created racially contingent forms of property and property rights. Following the period of slavery and conquest, whiteness became the basis of racialized privilege - a type of status in which white racial identity provided the basis for allocating societal benefits both private and public in character.”
“In Defense of Looting” (Vicky Osterweil)
“Some politicians on the ground in Ferguson, like alderman Antonio French and members of the New Black Panther Party, block looting specifically in order to maintain leadership for themselves and dampen resistance, but there are many more who do so out of a commitment to advancing the ethical and politically advantageous position. It is in solidarity with these latter protesters–along with those who loot–and against politicians and de-escalators everywhere that I offer this critique, as a way of invigorating discussion amongst those engaged in anti-oppression struggle, in Ferguson and anywhere else the police violently perpetuate white supremacy and settler colonialism. In other words, anywhere in America.”
“The Case for Reparations” (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
“Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”
“American Jews know firsthand the effect of segregation efforts in our country. Early immigrant Jewish communities were restricted to small enclaves in American cities, usually in housing that left much to be desired. The Lower East Side of New York, the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, Cleveland’s east side — Jews moved into these communities because they could not afford to live in and were not welcome in other areas of the city. But for European Jews, these spaces served as economic and communal incubators. They allowed Jewish communities to establish social support systems and slowly move out of these spaces to wealthier, whiter, more resource-rich ones. During the same time period, redlining, blockbusting, zoning laws, local fiscal practices and racially restrictive covenants kept Black communities within geographic regions that were disinvested and devalued.”
“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” (Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw)
“Contemporary feminist and antiracist discourses have failed to consider the intersections of racism and patriarchy. Focusing on two dimensions of male violence against women-battering and rape-I consider how the experiences of women of color are frequently the product of intersecting patterns of racism and sexism, and how these experiences tend not to be represented within the discourse of either feminism or antiracism. Because of their intersectional identity as both women and people of color within discourses that are shaped to respond to one or the other, the interests and experiences of women of color are frequently marginalized within both.”
Stand Against Hatred (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
Tool to track racist violence: report violence and read stories.
Reparations for Black-Indigenous Farmers (Soul Fire Farm)
“The food system was built on the stolen land and stolen labor of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and people of color. We are claiming our sovereignty and calling for reparations of land and resources so that we can grow nourishing food and distribute it in our communities. The specific projects and resource needs of farmers of color are listed here. We are so excited about this powerful opportunity for people to people solidarity.”
“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.”
“Native Land” is a website that allows you to search your zip code and find out whose land you’re living in. It provides links so that you can learn more about the specific Indigenous tribe(s) and how to best support them.
“Caucus and Affinity Groups“ (Racial Equity Tools)
“White people and people of color each have work to do separately and together. Caucuses provide spaces for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups. For white people, a caucus provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white caucus also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than constantly relying on people of color to teach them. For people of color, a caucus is a place to work with their peers on their experiences of internalized racism, for healing and to work on liberation.”
Bystander Intervention Training (Hollaback!)
“You can make a choice to actively and visibly take a stand against harassment. The Five D’s are different methods you can use to support someone who’s being harassed, emphasize that harassment is not okay, and demonstrate to people in your life that they too have the power to make our communities and workplaces safer.”
“A step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive, and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement.“
“Racial Justice Thought Leaders” is a video playlist with discussions on racial justice, featuring writers and thinkers like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jennifer Eberhardt and Kwame Anthony Appiah.
“1619 Podcast” (NY Times)
“An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.”
"The Step 1 Playlist" (AcademyIBL)
“Race in America is a complex. This playlist is similar to giving someone a book to read. It provides some knowledge and insight into a topic, but it is not comprehensive. This is step 1. Each step we take moves us farther forward. Students and educators are invited to watch, listen, and learn.”
A document with more anti-racist resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein containing more books, organizations, podcasts, videos, and films to engage with.
158 Resources for Understanding Systemic Racism in America (Meilan Solly)
“These articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States.“
“20 Books by Black Jewish Authors You Should Read” (Emily Burack)
“From memoirs and novels to poetry and YA, these authors deserve your attention as part of your ongoing reading practice.”
“The rage and anger at police violence and systemic racism is not just a week, a year, or even decades old. It is centuries in the making. And in order to understand and meaningfully contribute to the movement, audiences will need to educate themselves on the racist and socioeconomic inequities that nurture the environment that allows these injustices to thrive.”
“A Guide to Talking to Your White Jewish Family About Anti-Black Racism” (Caroline Rothstein And Natalie Rothstein)
“Here are tips for having hard and difficult conversations, with suggested talking points and resources about antiracism and Black Lives Matter.”
The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
Me + White Supremacy (Layla Saad)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson)
The End of Policing (Alex S. Vitale)
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Davis)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States (Edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price; Foreword by Alicia Garza)
Black Feminist Thought (Patricia Hill Collins)
Women, Race, and Class (Angela Davis)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
Assata: An Autobiography (Assata Shakur)
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (Safiya Umoja Noble)
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