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TitleMedia TypeHow to get itRecommenderHow did it affect you/ Change how you saw racial, social justice in your community or the US
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"Indigenous People's History of the US" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
BookBook seller or libraryMike CeroneThe stories of the expansion of the US empire in North America put the impact on indigenous people and their cultures. This was for me a way to wake up to the fundamental role empire building and colonialism with all the associated racism and white supremacy that goes along with, played in the US formation. As a veteran, a white man, who believed in the "moral manifest destiny" of the US this was a difficult awakening. But I'm grateful for it because it opened my eyes to all the ongoing trauma of racism in the US.
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Safety Pin BoxWeb site/Organization/Traininghttps://www.safetypinbox.comMike CeroneI attended a live training by one of the founders of this organization. Some of what was presented there is available on the website. It was powerful and helpful to me to hear the woman who presented the training talk about the urgency of the problems (lives are at stake right now), and the vital role accountability plays for white people who want to be allies to people of color in the US.
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“Decolonizing Environmentalism” By Chantelle Bacigalupo Web/article
https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/decolonizing-environmentalism
Mike CeroneA native american point of view of environmentalism, specifically addressing DAPL, that gave me a powerful understanding of how white people, specifically men, have been normalized into colonialist views so deeply that even when trying to do good work we can be blind to what is really painful to the people we think we're helping.
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The 65 - We're his problem now - weekly calls to action!Website/call scriptshttp://thesixtyfive.org/homeLeilani DiazThis is a site that sends out weekly calls to action on many different issues. ***After we decide what issues we're taking on, I think that we could develop our own weekly/biweekly call to action that we could send out to the sangha. It is an easy, low-commitment thing that actually makes a big difference.***
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Contact information for Senators/House RepsGoogle dochttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#Leilani DiazThis was orignally from the 65 (before the 65 had a website). It includes old scripts and weekly calls, AND it has contact information for all incumbent senators and representatives.
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Public Hearing Schedule for Cambridge City Council Hearings
Websitehttp://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegalNotice.aspx?ID=1008Leilani DiazHearings open to the public; various committees discuss what impacts GBZC's town
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Pod Save the PeoplePodcast
https://getcrookedmedia.com/pod-save-the-people-56bc42af53d
Liz RoemerA weekly podcast (Tuesdays) hosted by DeRay Mckesson that explores history and current events related to racial and social justice. I find it really informative - they really break down issues so they're understandable, and also includes people doing important social justice work in many areas, so that it provides some hope and ideas for ways to be of service.
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The way of tenderness: Awakening through race, sexuality, and gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Book
book seller or library (it may be in the GBZC library - it's a Wisdom publication)
Liz RoemerThis book really helped me to integrate my understanding of Zen with a social justice lens. She answers the question “What does liberation mean when I have incarnated in a particular body, with a particular shape, color, and sex?” Her rich description of her own experience, through a Zen lens, was powerful.
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13thDocumentaryNetflixLiz RoemerPowerful documentary by Ava DuVernay about the oppressive effects of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. Made me much more accutely aware of problems I hadn't brought my full attention to beforehand. Weaves together scholarship and data with lived experiences of those affected. It really made me aware of injustices that I've been able to look away from because of my privileged statuses and made me feel more committed to seeing them more clearly.
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http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/Racial-Justice-DVDs-Videos.pdf
A list of racial justice videos
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