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Resources

Core Readings

Readings for emerging organizers

Resources to stay tuned on current events

ColorLines Magazine

  • Multiracial magazine on race, culture, and organizing

Democracy Now

  • Independent, daily news that amplifies stories of resistance and activism within the US and around the world.

Indian Country Today Media Network

  • A national platform for Native voices and issues.

Resources from other (POC-led and white anti-racist) organizations to check out

School of Unity and Liberation

  • A movement building organization in the Bay Area for people of color, especially youth, women, queer and trans folks, and people who are low-income.

Southerners on New Ground (SONG)

  • SONG is a multi-issue, multi-racial, cross class Queer Liberation Organization led by LGBTQ-identified people in the south.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ)

  • GGJ is a national alliance of US-based grassroots organizing groups organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and communities of color.

The Movement for Black Lives

  • The Movement for Black Lives is a collective of more than 50 black-led organizations representing thousands of Black people across the United States that have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda for Black Liberation.

Mijente

  • A new political home for Latinx and Chicanx organizing.

LeftRoots

  • LeftRoots is a national formation of Left social movement organizers and activists who want to connect grassroots struggles to a strategy to win liberation for all people and the planet.

Challenging White Supremacy

  • Workshops to train principled and effective grassroots anti-racist organizers.

Showing Up For 

Racial Justice (SURJ)

  • A national call to action and a growing network of white people working to counter racism.

The Catalyst Project

  • A center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area, committed to anti-racist work in majority white sections of left social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation

FAQs

What do you mean by racism?

We understand racism as a pattern of inequality throughout the institutions of U.S. society, such as the education, healthcare, and prison systems. Racism in these institutions harms communities of color, while privileging white people as a whole.

Why have an anti-racism group for white folks?

White people need to take responsibility for undoing racism, and not let this burden of fall only on people of color. We believe that white people have unique work to do in the process of dismantling racism, and that mutual support among white folks is essential to this process. We feel it’s our job to educate and organize other white folks.

How can I learn more about racism or become involved?

Attend a workshop hosted by the Education Team. Ask questions. Participate in a training on institutional racism sponsored by CARW or another group. Read books. Become involved in a multi-racial group. Make mistakes. Listen to feedback. Build relationships with people of color. Keep coming back.

What if I say something “wrong”?

We work to create a space for white folks to process issues related to racism. None of us are perfect. We are not experts. We know that real growth comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and wrestling with feedback. We believe it’s important to challenge each other and to sit with discomfort in order to move forward. In this process, we try to speak to each other with love and respect.

What about other kinds of oppression?

CARW challenges all forms of oppression including (but not limited to) those faced by people of color, immigrants, women, working class/poor people, youth, elders, Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. We want to create an anti-racism movement that is accessible and relevant to all, which engages people of many identities and experiences. We recognize that each of us bring to this movement our personal experiences of both oppression and privilege, and that moving forward together involves addressing the power dynamics between us.

So you are against racism. What are you for?

We are working for a world of self-determination, justice, equality, and peace for all peoples; a world that respects the earth and all its creatures. We believe that such a world cannot exist without fundamental social change is the U.S. This change must built through mass-based multi-racial social movements led by oppressed peoples and we see ourselves as a small part in this broader struggle for social transformation.

How does CARW define white?

CARW believes that whiteness is an invention that has shifted throughout history. Below is a working definition of what it means to be white in the United States. To be white is to have ancestral origins from Europe and/or experience white privilege and/or experience internalized racial superiority.

  1. Ancestral origins from Europe: Rooted in legacies of European colonialism, the white race was initially created by English-speaking men of wealth in order to consolidate power amongst peoples of European origin. In the context of the United States, many ethnically marginalized European immigrants have come to reap the benefits of whiteness through the process of assimilation (e.g., the Irish and Italians became white over time). More recently, many have argued that Latinas/os and people of “Middle-Eastern” origin are white. CARW does not believe these populations reap the privileges of whiteness in the United States, recognizing that communities of color are racialized in distinct ways in relation to whiteness.
  2. Experience of white privilege: Institutions provide benefits to groups of individuals based on their whiteness. As white people experience white privilege, people of color experience racial oppression. Throughout history, whiteness has been constructed as a means to inequitably distribute resources. Contrary to popular belief, white people do not experience racism (i.e., “reverse racism” or otherwise). While we acknowledge the existence of colorism, which serves to divide communities of color based on skin tone; this “light skin privilege” is not the same as white privilege. Additionally, we respect the self-identification of people of mixed heritage and do not see it as the role of white people to determine if individuals “pass” or “don’t pass” as white. Lastly, whiteness operates differently across gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, religion and other facets of social identity.
  3. Internalized racial superiority: In this culture, white people are socialized to internally believe we are superior to people of color. This internalization is seldom acknowledged or overtly expressed, but is nonetheless present in our thoughts and actions. Whiteness operates as the norm within our society and we often believe we are racially neutral. As anti-racist white people, we see it as part of our work to name and challenge this internal process within all of us.

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