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Justice for George Floyd – Organizations, Resources, and Book lists

Lists of organizations, resources and book lists below.
*Photo taken with subjects’ consent by Renee M. Powers, Minneapolis MN, May 26, 2020

Last update: 5/31/2020 at 10:55am

Feminist Book Club is headquartered 10 blocks from where Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd. We did not know Mr. Floyd but he was our neighbor.

We stand in solidarity with our BIPOC community and urge our white friends to listen and do the uncomfortable work of wrestling with our own inherent racism. Whether we like it or not, we are complicit in and benefit from white supremacy.

We’ve compiled a list resources that have come across our desks. We’ve narrowed it down to the content, voices, and organizations that feel most pertinent to this moment. At the end, you’ll find an enormous book list and links to Black-owned bookstores.

This list is not enough. This is just a start. If you can stand on the front lines with protestors, please join us.

We will update this post as necessary. If you have suggestions, please email hello@feministbookclub.com or DM us on Instagram @feministbookclubbox.

Minnesota organizations to support with your dollars

Support the Cities – cleanup and rebuild efforts

City Joy – cleanup and rebuild efforts

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

We Love Lake Street

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Fund

North Star Health Collective – medics on the ground

South Minneapolis Mutual Aid Autonomous Zone Coordination **Facebook group with ongoing requests for supplies and volunteers on the ground

Migizi Communications

NAACP Minneapolis

YWCA Minneapolis

TakeAction Minnesota

Voices for Racial Justice

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Minnesota Freedom Fund – currently asking folks to allocate their funds elsewhere

National organizations to support with your dollars

Black Lives Matter – find your nearest chapter here

Campaign Zero

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Anti Police-Terror Project – read their first responders training guide here

ACLU (Minnesota chapter here)

Color of Change

Who to call

Mayor Jacob Frey at 612-673-2100

Hennepin County Attorney at 612-348-5550

MPLS Internal Affairs Division at 612-673-3074

MPLS Department of Civil Rights at 612-673-3012

MPLS FBI field office at 763-569-8000

MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-7000

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis 612-788-8444

Governor Tim Walz 651-201-3400

(numbers compiled by All Are Welcome Here)

Talking points for these calls

Arrest all four of the officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

Hold all police officers across the state accountable for their actions.

Support Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins in her request to declare racism a public health emergency.

Demand body-worn cameras to be turned on immediately when officers respond to a call.

Hire police officers from the community to serve their communities.

Local organizations and voices to follow online

Black Visions Collective: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

Reclaim the Block: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

Communities United Against Police Brutality: Twitter // Facebook

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar: Facebook

Unicorn Riot on Facebook (live videos of protests)

Take Action MN: Twitter // Instagram

Racial Justice Network: Facebook

Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro: Facebook

NAACP Minneapolis: Twitter // Instagram

MPD150: Twitter // Facebook

South Minneapolis Mutual Aid Autonomous Zone Coordination

Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association: Facebook

Pillsbury United Communities: Facebook

Activists: Nekima Levy Armstrong (LOCAL – Facebook, Twitter), Alicia Garza, Rachel Cargle, Ally Henny, DeRay Mckesson, Bernice King, Mikki Kendall

History of racism in Minneapolis

MPD150 – download full report here

Jim Crow of the North – full documentary from Twin Cities Public Television

Race and Policing in the Twin Cities from MNopedia

Resources for children

Raising Race Conscious Children

9 Children’s Books About Police Brutality from Feminist Books for Kids

Talking to children after racial incidents from UPenn Graduate School of Education

Talking to Kids about Racial Stereotypes tipsheet from Media Smarts

It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Race from Teaching Tolerance

Articles to read

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack

How to respond to “riots never solve anything” by Rafi D’Angelo

“We need co-conspirators, not allies’: how white Americans can fight racism by Rose Hackman, The Guardian, June 26, 2015

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic, May 12, 2020

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coats, The Atlantic, June 2014

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh, 1988

Why I Won’t Vote by W.E.B. Dubois, The Nation, October 20, 1956

History is a Weapon: Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation by Angela Y. Davis, 1971

Books to read

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

A Good Time for the Truth edited by Sun Yung Shin – Minnesota-specific

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Black-owned bookstores

Mind’s Eye Comics – Burnsville, MN

Brain Lair Books – South Bend, IN

Harambee Books – Alexandria, VA

AfriWare Books – Maywood, IL

Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center – Ypsilanti, MI

Wild Fig Coffee and Books – Lexington, KY

Detroit Book City – Detroit, MI

Frugal Bookstore – Roxbury, MA

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe – Washington, DC

Hakim’s Book Store – Philadelphia, PA

Eye See Me – University City, MO

The African Place – Memphis, TN

Cafe Con Libros – New York, NY

Turning Page Bookshop – Goose Creek, SC

Ashay By the Bay – Vallejo, CA

Cultured Books – St. Petersburg, FL

Eso Won Books – Los Angeles, CA

African Bookstore – Plantation, FL

Moon Palace Books – not Black-owned but located in the midst of the demonstrations on the same block as the 3rd precinct. They allegedly refused to allow police to use their parking lot and have put up a medic tent for protestors.

 

 

Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: memoir, contemporary literary fiction, short stories

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