This section of Call & Response started as “Read in Place”, a weekly (or bi weekly) reading list meant to inform and inspire through the months of shelter in place as the Coronavirus shook our world. While the Coronavirus has not gone away yet (socially distance and wear your masks, folks!) it has also exposed something that has long been with us: the inequality and systemic violence and discrimination that runs rampant in the U.S. and beyond. And with the massive protests resulting from the Memorial Day murder by Minneapolis police of George Floyd and the fierce state repression that followed nationwide, it is clear we are entering a key moment as an uprising and a pandemic coincide. So while the content curated here will be much the same as before, Read in Place will henceforth be known as Read to Resist. We believe cultural resistance to the profound violence around us (economic, military, racial, sexual etc) is imperative. Knowledge and context, analysis and critical thinking are key elements to resisting injustice, as is art that inspires, delights and pushes us towards genuine empathy and the creation of new, more humane and sustainable models for our communities and environment. So whether you are sheltering in place or marching in the streets; creating art or teaching; parenting or healing, we urge you to read up and spread knowledge and solidarity to those around you.
Week 11 (curated with a focus on giving context to the current protests, Black Lives Matter and the ongoing fight against white supremacy):