Read to Resist: Weeks 12 & 13

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.

Suggested Reading/Viewing/Listening  from C & R:

This section of Call & Response started as “Read in Place”, a weekly (or bi weekly) reading list meant to inform, inspire and entertain 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 anti-racist uprising and a deadly 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. 

-C&R

A protester poses for a portrait with his placard as he joins the global Black Lives Matter movement in Dakar, Senegal, on June 6, 2020. John Wessels / AFP / Getty

Weeks 12 & 13:

Images From a Worldwide Protest Movement

Opinion | America, This Is Your Chance

Intercepted Podcast: Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Abolition

An uprising comes from America’s viral underclass.

Toni Morrison, The Art of Fiction No. 134

The Fire This Time

Mariame Kaba: Everything Worthwhile Is Done With Other People

Opinion | Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police

Poet Willie Perdomo on ‘Poetry as a Decolonial Practice

The Trayvon Generation’ by Elizabeth Alexander

“George Floyd,” by Terrance Hayes

Cornel West on US protests: The chickens have come home to roost

Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible

What Columbus Day really celebrates: The ‘most massive act of genocide’ in world history

In Defense of Destroying Property – The Nation

The Art of Distance No. 12 – Paris Review Interviews Six Black Writers. 

The Poems That Poets Turn to in Times of Strife – The New York Times 

Opinion | The End of Black Politics

Police: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

A Political Philosophy of Self-Defense- Boston Review

Burning Down the 3rd Police Precinct Changed Everything –  The Nation

Dispatch from the Rebellion in Minneapolis

Abolishing Prisons Is within Our Grasp

Some Statues Are Like Barbed Wire – Boston Review

How to Design Justice Into America’s Cities

No Justice, No Peace

You Are Who I Love by Aracelis Girmay – Poems | poets.org

Harpers: [Complaints] No Biggie

Whose Grief? Our Grief

‘All lies’: how the US military covered up gunning down two journalists in Iraq

lRobin Kelley’s Reading List: ‘Back History in Three Acts’ – Boston Review

On the Minds of Black Lives Matter Protesters: A Racist Health System

The Labor Movement Faces A Reckoning Over Police Unions

Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget

A Short History of US Law Enforcement Infiltrating Protests

Towards a global intifada | George Floyd protests

Notes on the George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis

Poem: Stay Safe by Luther Hughes | Poetry Magazine

The US, like Israel, is wielding the violence of an occupying power

Brazilian Artists Counter Bolsonaro’s Cultural Censorship With Cartoons

George Floyd protests: The fight for civil rights is never “nonviolent.”

Why climate change is a civil rights battle

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