We at C&R and at Pangea World Theater believe that cultural resistance to the profound violence around us (economic, military, racial, sexual etc) is imperative. Context, analysis and critical thinking are key elements to resisting injustice, as is the art that inspires, delights and pushes us towards empathy and the creation of more humane and sustainable models for our communities and environment. Read to Resist is a curated bi-weekly reading/viewing/listening list to give us some of that context and inspiration. So whether you’re 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.
Black Lives Matter Protest Art on the Minneapolis Streets The poet and writer Danez Smith on how activism creates art.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Limits of Representation Too often, symbolism has stood in for making a meaningful difference in the lives of Black people. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor asks if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s 2020 Democratic ticket be different?
Cage of Gold Insight into the USA’s immigration policies and deportation tendencies
A Litany for Survival A personal story of life as Black child in the 1980s and the effects as an adult
Presence: The Heartspeak Of Indigenous Poets: B: William Bearhart A poem of solidarity from William Bearheart, an Indigenous Poet
What’s Wrong with Peace? Historian Rashid Khalidi skewers the Trump regime’s “peace deal” between the UAE and Israel.
Why Is It Always the Wrong Time to Criticize Democrats From the Left? Progressives are being told by the Democratic Party to shut up until after the election. Meanwhile, corporate Democrats are trumpeting how far right they are
American slavery: Historians trace roots to Florida 1565, not 1619 Enslaved Africans had been in Florida for 54 years before they were brought to Jamestown.
The Beirut That Was The explosion was only the latest tragedy in the city’s long decline.
Letter from Beirut In the wake of the devastating explosion, civil society has shown the way forward—filling the void of a nonexistent and incapacitated state.
The Future is Androgynous | Benjamin Winterhalter On Shulamith Firestone’s visionary nonbinary politics
Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19 Government officials predicted that a pandemic would threaten critical businesses and warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them
The Urgency of Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles” In a country and world of uprisings, Deveare Smith’s iconic play, even decades later, brings us back to the communities who have gone through it all
Terrorcraft: empire and the making of the racialised terrorist threat – Deepa Kumar A deep exploration in the racialized connection between terrorists and Arabs
No Democracy Without Archives A look at the importance of archives in documenting Guatemala’s civil war and the dangers posed by a Trump-backed regime intent on erasing memory.
Daddying, Celebrating Black Fathers Evocative images of Black fathers and their children
‘Latinx’ and the History of Shifting Terms (OPINION) A recent history of what we call ourselves
Craig Jenkins: Harlem Is the Song of Summer The sounds of Harlem and the stories they hold.
How Were the DNC Speakers Chosen? Who gets to speak at the Democratice National Convention and what does that say about the party’s priorities?