BLACK LIVES MATTER. The Issue stands wholeheartedly with this message and this movement. We vow to do all that we can to uplift Black voices and provide a space for discussion and education. We vow to continue our anti-racism efforts, and recognize that this journey starts by looking within. To our Black friends and readers, we stand with you. We see you. We love you... Read the whole statement here.
Stories in plain sight
This is a place to share our everyday experiences - instances of oppression, of trauma, of injustice. We hope you will take a moment to learn and to share. We are all pieces of a larger system, and we can all do our part in order to better it.
More to the ANTI-RACISM story...
Read. A few books we most highly recommend: Between the World and Me, How to Be an Anti-Racist, White Fragility, Ain’t I A Woman, Me and White Supremacy, When They Call You a Terrorist, The New Jim Crow. A few authors worth checking out: Ibram Kendi, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Colson Whitehead.
Listen. If you’re more of an auditory learner, try out a few of these podcasts: 1619, Pod Save the People, NPR’s Code Switch, Intersectionality Matters.
Watch. 13th is a must-see. A few other great films include: If Beale Street Could Talk, The Hate U Give, Selma, Just Mercy, and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
Follow. Diversify your Instagram and Twitter feeds. Follow Ibram Kendi, Rachel Cargle, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Bernice King, DeRay McKesson, Alicia Garza, and so many more.
Donate. While donating to organizations in Minnesota is wonderful, this fight is happening everywhere. Check out the Justice for All Fund, Real Justice PAC, Project Nia, and Campaign Zero.
Join. Search to find local chapters and events hosted by Black Lives Matter, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Color of Change, and Movement for Black Lives. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram, sign up to get on their listservs, and attend member calls and meetings. Getting on an email list is a great way to hear about further steps to take action.
Buy. Support local and national Black-owned businesses. Most communities have comprehensive lists of Black or minority-owned businesses, but you can also access national lists like this one.