Resist: February Resources

Check out the free February edition of the #Resist with Action calendar.

Learn about our 115th United States Congress. Brush up on how power is Constitutionally divided in the American government.  You’re already caught up with that? Learn how ‘Executive Orders’ aren’t in the Constitution, but also how they’ve been utilized often and in the past.

It’s Black History Month! A few interdisciplinary approaches to learning more about the civil rights movement, black oppression, and black culture:

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Raw and brutal honesty: the Black Power Mixtapes, shot by Swedish filmmakers drawn to the urban unrest of the Black Power movement. Featuring an incredible collection of clips: stories and experiences of black Americans, political activists, and cultural icons. This interview with Angela Davis in particular reveals the astonishing gap of empathy and experience when people ask her about the Black Power movement’s association with violence. 

Angela Davis recently spoke at the Women’s March. Hear her calls to action here. 

Learn more about institutionalized segregation and its ubiquity just a mere 50 years ago: “That was how the community felt, and that was how the community wanted it. And that was the policy of this newspaper.”

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Jane Elliott’s ‘Blue Eye Brown Eye experiments’ show kindergarteners to high schoolers a visceral glimpse of the injustice of oppression.

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Want a steadier stream to keep up with today’s civil rights communities or exposure to black culture? Follow these people:

Van Jones: political commentator, author, and grassroots organizer, he also hosts CNN’s ‘Crossfire’ political debate show.

Black Lives Matter: a political movement fighting for civil rights equality and police brutality against black Americans.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.: An American literary critic, and public intellectual on literature and African American culture

Museum Mammy: Social influencer Kim Drew is a social media associate for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and regularly contributes to Black Contemporary Art Tumblr.

Bell Hooks: Gloria Jean Watkins is an an American feminist, social activist, and author. Her latest essay (her most recent blog post) interprets Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ album with her own black feminist lens.

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Resist With Action Calendar

It’s been a few hard weeks; seems funny to have celebrated the end of 2016 just a few weeks ago.

In seeking self empowerment through education and creative initiative, I found myself somewhat idealistically expecting precisely a ‘feed’ of a reliable political resource. I found none I could easily trust. So this is my way of 1. Educating myself, and 2. Normalizing political participation. And arting about it.

I will be releasing a new calendar each month with a list of dates and political activities to voice your vote, opinion, or support other political agendas that matter to you.

The images were composed from images of the protestors attending the Women’s March on the weekend of President Trump’s Inauguration.

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Click here to download the Calendar Cover, where you can write down the phone numbers and Twitter handle of your elected officials.

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Click here to download the month of February, with dates and ways to participate in current events in February.

Feedback welcome. For more political news stories and important events/ways to participate, connect with us @ResistWAxn on Twitter.

For future calendars and access to the archive, visit resistwithaction.com. 

If you’d like to donate to the cause, please direct your funds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as they continue to defend and fight for our Constitutional rights.