Resisting hatred and injustice is an act of love

There is always cause to resist: intolerance, prejudice, bigotry, hatred and injustice are always with us. Ordinarily, they come from individuals or small groups. But at this moment in history, hatred and injustice are descending down upon us from our own governments.

Below you’ll find an ever-lengthening list of resources to support and assist us as we resist together. Links with an asterisk (*) indicate that if you buy anything via that link, I get a (usually very small) financial kick back.

I’m sure you have your own favourite resources: I’d love to know what they are. Let me know, and I’ll share them on this page and on social media.

Resources for loving resistance

The National Coalition-Building Institute does extremely effective work in reducing prejudice, resolving conflict, and welcoming diversity. Most of its work is in the USA, but it has chapters around the world. (Its work isn’t appropriate for everyone, though, as it relies on emotional catharsis, which can be unhealthy for some people.)

Capacitar International uses a hands-on approach to teach simple wellness practices around the world, for free. They are especially committed to communities affected by violence, poverty and trauma, and work towards solidarity, understanding and reconciliation. Their website has a free download of simple healing and wellness techniques, available in multiple languages.

Be the change: 5 tips for queer activists charging into 2017 This is a great blog post with important stuff about avoiding pitfalls if and when you choose to engage in activism. (The tips apply regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity.)

Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties in the UK) and the American Civil Liberties Union are important organisations to know about if you’re in the UK or the USA respectively, especially if you’re engaging in civil disobedience, or want to support those who do.

Everything ever written by bell hooks*.

Starhawk* is also very much worth a read (although some of her earlier works contain kink-shaming).

How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101 What it says on the tin 🙂

Confronting Whiteness: A Conversation Series “White people: we need to talk. To each other. About our whiteness.And how it affects other people and the world.” — hosted by Rachael Rice

Gods and Radicals: a site of beautiful resistance Pagan and political, with a diversity of radical, left-wing perspectives.

February is both Black History Month and LGBT History Month. These links go to websites for UK events and resources. For events and resources for the USA and other countries, get in touch with your local communities to find out what’s happening near you, and how you can offer your support — not just this month, but every month.

For those of you following events in the USA, this website is invaluable: What The Fuck Just Happened Today? It gives a day by day rundown of what the Trump administration has been doing. While it doesn’t give any suggestions or advice for taking action, it is a good source of information.

A site that does give lots of suggestions and advice for taking action specifically regarding the Trump administration is Action Against Trump. It brings together links under the headings of ‘Contacting elected officials’, ‘Action alerts’, ‘Resistance’, ‘Survival’, and ‘Education and resources’.

Diversity is an Asset: 101 is a course for solopreneurs and small business owners, nonprofit executives, coaches and consultants, who want to create more inclusive and diverse environments in and through their work, with learning focused on both individual and organisational levels.

Social Justice Intensive: 201 is a course primarily for people in the USA who want to “level-up their knowledge base, their activism, their civic engagement in response to what’s happening in our country.” It is “a brave space to explore issues of race, religion and gender. We will analyze  these issues through a lens of power, privilege, and binaries while helping you develop your social justice muscle and critical observations on key issues occurring in our world today.”

In the USA, millions of people every year are incarcerated not because they have been found guilty of a crime, but because they have been charged with a crime and cannot afford bail. This state of affairs disproportionately affects BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). If you have a US bank account, you can help: an app called Appolition will automatically give your spare change from everyday purchases to National Bail Out.

As a white person involved in social justice, I inevitably and repeatedly come up against my own white fragility. Leesa Renee Hall, a writer and woman of color, has created Expressive Writing Prompts to Use If You’ve Been Accused of White Fragility, Spiritual Bypass or White Privilege. She leads with a clear and compassionate examination of what happens when those who benefit from a specific axis of oppression are faced with the pain of those who suffer from that oppression: “…despite your well-meaningness, your responses end up harming people of colour even more. And now you’re confused. Because you were only trying to help. So, let me help you.” Highly recommended.

In a recent blog article, The Body Is Not An Apology looks at the same issue from the other end, as it were: how to call out others’ oppressive behaviour in activist circles in a way that is genuinely about holding one another accountable, tackling oppression, and healing harm, and not about looking “woke af” to one’s fellow activists.

Last updated 11th February, 2018