Read to Resist: Weeks 10 & 11

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. 


Photo by Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP

Week 11 (curated with a focus on giving context to the current protests, Black Lives Matter and the ongoing fight against white supremacy):

AP PHOTOS: Images from protests across a traumatized nation

George Floyd Protests Show Rage And Anguish : The Picture Show

The Minneapolis Rebellion, According to the People Living It

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness

Minneapolis: The Rise of the ‘Thumpers’

Opinion | How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country

The answer to police violence is not ‘reform’. It’s defunding. Here’s why | Alex S Vitale

Teaching for Black Lives

Donald Trump’s Antifa Bogeyman Has a Long, Proud History of Fighting Fascists

As the George Floyd protests continue, let’s be clear where the violence is coming from | Rebecca Solnit

Opinion | Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us

Even With Years of Complaints, Police Forces Are Slow to Change

Murder, Shootings, and Excessive Force: Tracking the String of Police Violence that led to CHP Plowing Through Protesters in LA

A Report from Occupied Territory (by James Baaldwin)

As the George Floyd protests continue, let’s be clear where the violence is coming from | Rebecca Solnit

FBI Investigated White Supremacists in Police

Malcolm and Martin | Esquire | APRIL 1972 (by James Baldwin)

The Minneapolis Uprising in Context

The Socialist Case Against the Police – Rampant

Where Do Many Police Departments Train? In Israel

The Only Solution Is to Defund the Police

7 Ways The Obama Administration Has Accelerated Police Militarization

Across America, police are responding to peaceful protests with violence | Nathan Robinson

The climate crisis is racist. The answer is anti-racism

Caught on camera, police explode in rage and violence across the US

George Floyd protests: Police erupt in violence nationwide during the third night of protests.

Opinion | The Women Behind White Power

Amid Minneapolis Uprising, Anti-War Veterans Call On National Guard to Stand Down

A Few Good Sadists –

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

The Intolerable Tensions Between American Cities and their Police Forces

Don’t Fall for the Myth of the “Outside Agitator” in Racial Justice Protests

American violence in the time of coronavirus (Armed and contagious) — High Country News – Know the West

Their Minneapolis Restaurant Burned, but They Back the Protest

Who Exactly Is Doing the Looting, and Who’s Being Looted?

Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd’s killers tied to ‘white power’-linked biker gang

(1963) Malcolm X, “Message to the Grassroots” •

Destroying a police precinct is a reasonable response to unreasonable killings.

Perspective | This is why Colin Kaepernick took a knee

Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War

Black Lives Matter: A Reading List To Help You Understand Systemic Racism Following The Death Of George Floyd

WEB Dubois, I Won’t Vote

Week 10: 

How jazz legend Archie Shepp, his nephew Raw Poetic and a cast of D.C. musicians teamed up for an experimental improvised album

The Trans Obituaries Project: Honoring the Trans Women of Color Lost in 2019

The Case Against Mars

Biden campaign removes some anti-Palestinian hate speech

Opinion | The ‘Liberal World Order’ Was Built With Blood

Eliot Weinberger · The American Virus · LRB 4 June 2020

What do alternative histories reveal about the present?

Intercepted Podcast: Trump’s Attack on Voting Rights and the Threat to Native Sovereignty

‘An Experience I Wouldn’t Wish My Worst Enemy to Undergo’

Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps

Baghdad: A Walkthrough

Nobody Should Listen to Anything Rahm Emanuel Says

Hong Kong’s opposition unites with Washington hardliners to ‘preserve the US’s own political and economic interests’

López Obrador: Rebuilding the World After Covid-19

How the United States Government Failed to Prepare for the Global Pandemic

“Shoddy Implementation of Lockdown a Crime Against Humanity”

Black Americans are in an abusive relationship with the Democratic party | Derecka Purnell

Why are Africa’s coronavirus successes being overlooked? | Afua Hirsch

Seven of the best documentaries from the Arab world and how to watch them: from ‘For Sama’ to ‘Gaza Surf Club’

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