Responding to Bigotry and Harassment

With the 2016 election, an uptick in harassment and violence has come. We need to learn to keep ourselves & each other safe. Some of us are at risk of facing more violence directly; some of us use our bodies & voices to protect others. Let’s keep each other safe.

Firstly, some deeply important reading:

Audre Lorde: The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism: keynote presentation by Audre Lorde.

Essential Reading for Racial Justice: books about “the conversations surrounding racial injustice”, recommended by Jim Wallis.

How to talk to your loved ones about a Trump Presidency.

Conflict Resolution and Alternatives to the Police.

Here are some resources that deal with specific issues.

Keeping your community friendly & safe

Hate Has No Home Here: multilingual signs with the message “Hate has no home here.”

Welcome Your Neighbors: multilingual signs with the message “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

Yes, I’ll Accompany My Neighbor.: sign-up for people in New York City willing to travel with those who’d like someone to accompany them. By the Arab American Association of New York.

Understanding racial injustice

#CharlestonSyllabus & #FergusonSyllabus: readings about specific events of racial injustice & their historical background.

Lynching in America: Confronting the History of Racial Terror: provides historical background of acts of racial terror against African Americans. By the Equal Justice Initiative & Google.

Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves: readings about racial injustice & actions to fight it.

One Last Try At Explaining Racism To White People: “It is the inconsistency, inattention, carelessness and power of white people that has entrenched racism so deeply into our societal systems.”

Understanding Systemic Anti-Black Racism in the United States: A Reference List for #BlackLivesMatter: provides historical background for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Understanding privilege

How Privileged Are You?: “check(list) your privilege”; while written for the people of India, broadly applicable worldwide.

White Privilege Resource Guide: understanding & dealing with unearned privilege, and how to become an ally.

Becoming an ally

Conversations on Racism With White People Getting Stuck or Looping? Thirteen Questions To Get It Moving Again: advice for “having these difficult, awkward and hard conversations”.

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies: “six things you can do to be stronger allies”.

The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People: for respectful writing about transgender people.

Confronting bigotry & harassment

How America Spreads the Disease that is Racism by not Confronting Racist Family Members and Friends: “[…] if we can identify the symptoms, then we can put a stop to it through education and awareness.”

How to Help if Someone is Being Harassed: tips to respond & intervene even without directly confronting the harasser.

#MomentofTruth: Bystander Intervention: strategies for bystanders who witness hateful attacks & harassment to intervene.

Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry: guide to responding to bigotry & harassment, as well as countering bias, in many settings. By the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Fighting racism

5 Ways to Disrupt Racism: video in response to post-Brexit hate.

Another Day, Another Hashtag. White People, You Gotta Get to Work NOW: various actions to fight racism.

How to Be an Anti-Racism Activist: various ways to raise awareness for & support anti-racism efforts.

Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.: why merely calling out racism is ineffective, and what strategies are effective in fighting racism.

Fighting fascism & group supremacy

Six Things You Can Do in the Wake of the White Supremacist Attacks in Charlottesville: action steps to take in response to the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Fighting Islamophobia

One American Muslim’s Requests: ways to fight Islamophobia.

What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment: step-by-step guide to responding to Islamophobic harassment.

Fighting online harassment

How-To Hack Harassment: using tech skills to effectively combat online harassment. By #HackHarassment.

Protecting civil rights

What to Do if Your Rights are Violated at a Demonstration or Protest: guide by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Digital Security Tips for Protesters: advice from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

For community leaders & organizers

Political Research Associates: For Organizers: ‘what to do when…’ section offers resources for dealing with harassment.

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS): Publications: wide variety of resources.

For the LGBT+ community

Affirming Church Directory & Affirming Denominations: Christian churches & denominations in the United States & Canada that welcome LGBT+ people. By the GALIP Foundation.

Find a Welcoming Church: worldwide directory of Christian congregations that welcome LGBT+ people. By the Institute for Welcoming Resources, a project of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Wet Feet Ministry: Christian ministry offering a safe place for questions & support for LGBT+ people facing opposition from religious communities — Email:

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