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Resources

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Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whether you are new to anti-racist work or have been working on the issues for a while, or for your whole life, you are welcome here. If you and your ancestors have lived experience, you are welcome here. 

RESOURCES

The resources we share below are not meant to lead anyone on a particular path from beginning to end. That would have to be a very different list of resources. Instead, we are sharing resources that we are using right now to inform ourselves about the complex racist history of our country and the capitalist system and to build our communication and organizing skills around the issues we are working on together in YCARE. 
 

GRASSROOTS HISTORICAL RECOVERY- Indigenous History

Land acknowledgement

Link to a 90 minute recording of Approaches to Land Acknowledgements, a talk by Libby Bischof and Aaron Witham sponsored by Yarmouth History Center

https://youtu.be/12jYPKG2SEI

Books

  • The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations
    by Shirley Hager and Mawopiyane (2021)

  • Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philips's War
    by Lisa Brooks (2018)

  • The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast
    by Lisa Brooks (2008)

 

Films and videos

Organizations

 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Books

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    by Michelle Alexander (2020, 10th anniversary edition)

  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight For Incarcerated Women
    by Susan Burton & Cari Lynn (2017)

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
    by Bryan Stevenson (2014) 

Films and videos

Organizations

 

POLICE REFORM

Films and videos

Organizations

EDUCATION REFORM

Organizations

  • The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) 
    #TruthBeTold Campaign 
    “After unprecedented global protests for racial justice that followed the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, right-wing groups across America instigated and intensified well-funded, orchestrated disinformation campaigns against critical race theory, intersectionality, and other forms of racial and gender justice discourse. Starting with Donald Trump’s Equity Gag Order banning federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients from conducting trainings and programs that address systemic racism and sexism, this campaign has now morphed into a full-on war against racial and gender justice itself. “

     

  • Courageous Conversation Academy 
    “Courageous Conversation® Academy (CCA) is designed for deepened engagement.”
    The courses offered through the Academy are, “Designed to meet participants at whatever their level of experience, Introduction to Courageous Conversation® will enhance any effort to promote racial equity.”

     

  • #DisruptTexts 
    “#Disrupt Texts is a crowdsourced, grass roots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon in order to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum that our students deserve. It is part of our mission to aid and develop teachers committed to anti-racist/anti-bias teaching pedagogy and practices.”

     

  • Learning For Justice 
    “Our free educational resources—articles, guides, lessons, films, webinars, frameworks and more—help foster shared learning and reflection for educators, young people, caregivers and all community members. Our engagement opportunities—conferences, workshops, and school and community partnerships—provide space where people can harness collective power and take action.”

     

  • Little Free Justice Library Project 
    Thought prompts & titles to spark conversations on Justice.

     

  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Malaga Island
    "Malaga Island was once home to a mixed-race fishing community forcibly removed by the state in 1912. Now a public preserve and important Maine historical site, we encourage all to learn the story of Malaga and those who called the island home."

     

  • Maine Historical Society 
    “The Maine Historical Society offers a variety of programs and resources designed to help teachers and students explore Maine history. These include programs at our one-acre campus in Portland and in schools across the state, professional development opportunities for teachers, outreach programs, partnerships with schools around Maine, and resources on the web.”

     

  • We Need Diverse Books 
    “Mission: putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.  Vision: A world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.

     

  • Zinn Education Project 
    “Since 2008, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.”

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Books

  • Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

  • My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

  • The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and Social Transformation
    by Fania E. Davis (2019)

     

Films

  • Circle Up- a documentary about Boston mother's who seek restorative justice for their sons. 
    http://circleupdoc.com/

  • Since I Been Down - a documentary that challenges our definition of justice by focusing on a group of inmates determined to create paths to education and healing from within their prison walls.  https://www.sinceibeendown.com/

  • We Came To Heal- a documentary that follows H.O.L.L.A!’s Healing Justice Movement over a three year period, capturing Healing Justice circles, the Healing Justice Summits and H.O.L.L.A!’ s human healing-centered praxis led by The Youth Organizing Collective (Y.O.C).   
    https://healwithholla.com/
     

Organizations