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What We're Reading: June Equity & Social Justice Edition

Thursday, June 4, 2020

By Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

Alice Hom and Daniel LauOur hearts and minds are with Black communities and the articles this month address the protests against police brutality, the historical roots of systemic racism and racist policies, perspectives on democracy, and the power of coming together to heal.  

1. “You follow the rules and yet injustice after injustice just keeps on coming.” 

Authoritarian State or Inclusive Democracy? 21 Things We Can Do Right Now | by Erik K. Ward, Medium

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2. “We need to have healing in this community.” 

Jingle dress dancers honour George Floyd at site where he was killed | by Lenard Monkman, CBC News

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3. We are here because of blood, and mostly that of others. 

Protests, Uprisings, and Race War | by Tim Wise, counterpunch

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4. "There’s this failed mindset of ‘if we show force, immediately we will deter criminal activity and unruly activity’. Show me where that has worked.” 

De-escalation Keeps Protesters And Police Safer. Departments Respond With Force Anyway | by Maggie Koerth and Jamiles Lartey, FiveThirtyEight

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5. Pride month this year is different. It is now up to white people, specifically white queer people, to stand up.  

Pride Is and Always Was About Rebellion, This Year More Than Ever | by George M. Johnson, them. 

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Bonus

The bonus selections center the voices of Black Minnesotans and visuals of the continued legacy of Black protests. 

Listening to the voices of Black Minnesotans

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In photos: We've seen images like the protests in Minneapolis before

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