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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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

Alice Hom and Daniel Lau

A new season is upon us and September has us witnessing grief, diving deep on the connection of law enforcement and white supremacy, and envisioning life where all of one’s identities are affirmed and celebrated. Take a bit of time to reflect on these examples of power, activism, and questions about bridging activism and law enforcement, white supremacy, workplace issues, LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter in this month's selections.

1. Even in a pandemic, even in grief, I found myself commanded to amplify the voices of the dead that sing to me.

On Witness and Respair: A Personal Tragedy followed by Pandemic | by Jesmyn Ward, Vanity Fair



2. What if we launched an initiative on the scale of the Marshall Plan or the space race to eradicate white supremacy?

How to Dismantle White Supremacy | by Barbara Smith, The Nation



3. “We [Black folks] deserve to be safe. We deserve to live with dignity and we deserve to be powerful.”

Black Lives Matter: An LGBTQ+ Roundtable With Patrisse Cullors | by Michelle Garcia, The Advocate



4. Negative experiences at previous jobs had scarred me so much that I walked around defensive and worried.

'Racism at My Job Literally Gave Me PTSD' | by Erika Stallings, New York Magazine



5. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have identified white supremacists as the most lethal domestic terrorist threat to the United States.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement | by Michael German, Brennan Center for Justice




Make Farmers Black Again: African Americans Fight Discrimination to Own Farmland, NPR



Pandemic and protest in a meatpacking town, Food & Environment Reporting Network

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