Anti-Oppression Resource List

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PlatteForum is committed to taking daily actions to address systemic oppression and dismantle white supremacy in all its forms on a daily basis.

The following is a list of resources we recommend to support our community, educate ourselves and others, and elevate our understanding of issues that impact our communities and overlooked histories.

DENVER AREA ORGANIZATIONS: 

10for10 a group of Black young men aimed on uniting their communities and black men through community service initiatives and events

Palm Wine Collective a Black creative arts collective that is deepening the conversation around the African Diaspora through innovative cultural experiences

Black Lives Matter 5280 assists in building more loving and united Black communities while eliminating anti-Black violence and racism

Creative Strategies for Change  mission is to mobilize arts and education for social justice. We define social justice as both a process and a goal. Informed social change, with lasting effect requires substantial time and responsiveness.

Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center  founded in 1994 is located in the historic Five Points District in Northeast Denver—a space committed to fostering growth, strength, and voice in the community. These ends are achieved through the exploration of visual and performing arts, celebrations, and programs that inform and enrich people’s lives.

Denver Justice Project formed in 2015, this organizaiton’s mission is to work with historically marginalized communities to address systemic racism by transforming law enforcement and the structure of the criminal justice system through intersectional movement building, direct action, advocacy, and collaborative education.

Metro Deep To improve the health of Metro Denver’s African Descended community through ownership of our economy

Struggle of Love Foundation – Montbello based food distribution, mentorship programs, and more

Black Business Initiative – Economic Revitalization Program committed to growing a stronger businesses presence within the black community.

Soul 2 Soul Sisters – Black Womxn-led, faith-based programming that focuses on anti-Black racism, reproductive justice and voter engagement

SCD Enrichment Program – Recruit and mentor students of color (specifically Black) into AP, IB and accelerated coursework. scdenrichment.org

Breaking Our Chains – Disrupting and dismantling the pre-school-to-prison pipeline.

The Black Men’s Project, a project of Another Life Foundation – Bringing awareness of mental wellness in the Black/African American community

Second Chance Center – Helping formerly incarcerated people transition to lives of success and fulfillment

Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism-YAASPA – Encourage and support under-served youth to participate in their communities socially and politically.

Slam Nuba – Promote the creation and performance of poetry and cultivate literary activities and engage community, focused on the power of the written and spoken word

Shop Talk Live– Dedicated to the education and empowerment of Black people affected by social economic, educational, housing, employment, political, health (etc) challenges. shoptalklive.org

 

ALLYSHIP + DEI TRAINING ORGANIZATIONS (DENVER)

Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

The Equity Project, LLC 

Regan Byrd Consulting, LLC

 

NATIONAL ORGS

DoSomething.org – youth led organization

Black Youth Project

Ally Resource 

Teaching Tolerance

Seeding Sovereignty

READING

For teens

This Book is Anti-Racist – Tiffany Jewell

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America– edited by Edi Zoboi

Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices – 50 authors

 

For children

Antiracist Baby – Ibram X. Kendi

 

Anti-racism

So you Want to Talk about Race – by Ijeoma Oluo

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

by Layla Saad with forward by Robin Diangelo

Anti-Racism Daily – sign up for daily reminders on everyday actions you can take to fight racism

 

Mass Incarceration

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (discussion guide + movie available)

13th – 2016 documentary by Ava DuVernay about the U.S. prison system and its roots in racial inequality

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindedness – book by Michelle Alexander

 

Activism and Liberation

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (discussion guide available)

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Whose Streets? An Unflinching Look at the Ferguson Uprising – free to watch on Kanopy

Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today by Anna Feigenbaum

 

Understanding Race and Dismantling Whiteness

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need it Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard of White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (discussion guide available)

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

 

Policing

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

 

Black History and Culture

Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America

Braided – documentary short about braids and cultural appropriation in America (19 minutes)

1619 Project readings and podcast

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments – Saidiya Hartman

The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto  – Martine Syms and Ways and Means Studio

 

ABOUT IMPLICIT BIAS

Who Me, Biased? – New York Times video

Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias New York Times video

 

This list will be updated monthly and we encourage everyone to share and seek out more resources from your local library and community!

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