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 email@example.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
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
Minnesota Freedom Fund – currently asking folks to allocate their funds elsewhere
National organizations to support with your dollars
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
Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar: Facebook
Unicorn Riot on Facebook (live videos of protests)
Racial Justice Network: Facebook
Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro: Facebook
Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association: Facebook
Pillsbury United Communities: Facebook
History of racism in Minneapolis
Jim Crow of the North – full documentary from Twin Cities Public Television
Race and Policing in the Twin Cities from MNopedia
Resources for 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
A Good Time for the Truth edited by Sun Yung Shin – Minnesota-specific
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.